The Dangers of a Foot Infection

Diabetic Foot Care
Find out the signs of a foot infection and why you need to seek immediate treatment.

We don’t often think about the health of our feet, but you’ll certainly know it if you are dealing with an infection. If an infection arises it’s important that you don’t just ignore it. See your Tampa, FL podiatrists Dr. Brandi Johnson, Dr. Mark Leitner and Dr. Gloried Ebsworth for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

What are some common causes of foot infections?

There are certain foot problems that can leave patients prone to infection including:

  • Open wounds
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Cracks in the skin
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Ulcers

One of the most common types of infections is a fungal toenail infection. Those with diabetes and other circulation disorders are more at risk for developing foot infections and should see their Tampa, FL podiatrists Dr. Leitner and Dr. Ebsworth right away if symptoms of a foot infection appear.

What are the signs of a foot infection?

Some of the most common symptoms of an infection include:

  • Skin temperature changes
  • Swelling of the foot or ankle
  • Open wounds that don’t heal
  • Changes in the skin’s color
  • Foot pain
  • Pus or drainage
  • A foul odor
  • Fever

Why do foot infections require medical care?

While foot infections can happen to anyone, those with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing an infection after an injury or wound. Even the smallest issues like an ulcer or open abrasion can cause an infection in someone with a chronic health condition. Because foot infections are associated with a high risk of extremity amputation in those with diabetes, it’s important that anyone with this disorder see us right away for treatment.

And regardless of whether you have diabetes or not, if you are experiencing signs of a foot infection, it’s important that you see us before the infection spreads. Some infections can become so serious that bacteria can travel into the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening condition known as sepsis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a foot infection then you need to see your Tampa area foot doctor right away. Turn to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists today!