Foot infections range from mild to severe.
While some infections, such as warts, are relatively easy to cure, other infections can be difficult to treat. Common, noninvasive treatments usually involve antibiotics. Other treatment for more invasive infections may require surgery.
Here are some foot infections that are commonly found today:
Soft Tissue Infections
- Cellulitis - Cellulitis occurs from minor cuts and abrasions, but can also occur from severe puncture wounds and trauma.
- Paronychia - Paronychia is a common soft tissue infection that infects the nail beds.
- Abscess - A bacterial infection of the foot occurs as collections of pus. These infections are usually caused by puncture wounds, or infected hair follicles.
- Athlete’s Foot - Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection rash on the skin that occurs in warm and wet places such as between the toes.
- Warts - Warts are small growths on the skin caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Diabetic Foot Infections
People with diabetes are more susceptible to infections of the feet. Having too much sugar in the blood for long periods of time can lead to complicated foot problems and infections.
- Osteomyelitis - Osteomyelitis is a bone infection caused by bacteria or other germs.
- Fungal Infections - Brown or darkened nails or nail beds may indicate diabetic fungal infections, as well as brittle or thick nails.
It’s important to address foot infections as soon as they develop, to prevent the issues from becoming worse. In extenuating circumstances, if infections are allowed to spread and develop to an advanced state, amputation may be required.
Contact Dr. Anthony LaMarra, Houston’s leading podiatrist, for treatment for foot infections.