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Symptoms of a Foot Infection

Monday, 12 April 2021 00:00

An injury or trauma to the foot can sometimes lead to a foot infection. Blisters, wounds, and ingrown toenails are just some of the foot problems that can lead to infection, and the feet often provide an ideal environment for bacteria or fungi to grow and thrive. Infections of the feet usually cause symptoms, including redness or warmth around the affected area, pus drainage, a foul smell, skin discoloration, swelling, pain, and difficulty walking. Left untreated, an infection could spread and lead to serious complications, especially in people who have diabetes, poor circulation, or a compromised immune system. If you notice signs of infection in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Dr. Jed Wells from Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Corpus Christi, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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