How to Identify an Infection in the Foot

How to Identify an Infection in the Foot

Foot Exam for InfectionMaybe you cut your foot on a shell while walking on the beach, or those cute new sandals have rubbed you the wrong way and caused a blister. Don’t just shrug it off. Any abrasion can become infected if bacteria finds it, and infections aren’t something you should take lightly. If left untreated, they can lead to serious problems. How exactly do you know if your injury has become infected, though? Well, there are some telltale signs that can help you identify an infection in the foot.

First, have you noticed increased pain in the area that was injured? If there is redness, particularly red streaks that extend from the affected area, this is an indication that an infection has set in. Another sign is pus draining from the wound, or if the skin around it feels warm to the touch. In some cases you might experience a fever. If any of these symptoms are present, it is extremely important to see us for a full evaluation immediately. Caught early enough, infections can often be treated by antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. Wait too long, and you may end up paying some serious consequences.

If you think you may have an infection, call Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro now at (302) 355-0056, or get to our Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, Inc. today, in Newark, Wilmington or Glasgow, DE. Don’t let an infection stop you in your tracks. By knowing the signs to identify an infection in the foot, you can prevent the problem from getting worse, and get back to that walk on the beach before you know it.

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