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Maybe 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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Before you go for that barefoot walk in the sand or wade in the ocean, remember that you are more susceptible to infection with diabetes. That means an injury to your foot can lead to serious complications, and even result in amputation.
What makes you prone to infection? The primary reason is neuropathy—a result of nerve damage common among diabetic patients. Neuropathy causes a loss of sensations for pain and temperature, which in turn can make you unaware of any abrasions that could become infected. Types of neuropathy can also lead to foot deformities, like claw toes, which can increase pressure and cause footwear to rub on your feet. The resulting blisters and calluses can be a breeding ground for bacteria. That’s why it is so important if you have diabetes to make sure your shoes fit properly and are comfortable.
Knowing the signs of infection is also important. If you can catch a problem early, the less likely to become serious. See Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. right away if you notice any signs of inflammation, redness, a temperature change in your skin, a foul odor, or drainage. Because you are more susceptible to infection with diabetes, you must take special precautions with your feet. Let the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. help.
Visit one of our convenient locations in Newark, Wilmington, and Glasgow, DE to find out how you can be proactive and manage your diabetes. With the right routine, you’ll be more likely to keep infection at bay and live a healthy life. Call us (302) 355-0056 today.
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