Bacterial foot infections can happen, although they are less frequent than that of fungal infections. When individuals, particularly those that have diabetes get an ulcer on their foot, a bacterial foot infection can develop and potentially travel to other parts of the body. Bacterial infections can also form near an ingrown toenail.
Factors leading to bacterial foot infections include increased age, below average blood circulation and weakened immune systems. Symptoms of this type of an infection include a red color on the skin surrounding the infection, discomfort or a discharge of puss. Those who have diabetes or are obese often have this type of infection. Skin infected by bacteria can become scaly and painful if it is left untreated.
Treatment methods for bacterial infections:
Utilize the proper medications to destroy bacteria as soon as you can. This can be via topical creams or oral antibiotics.
Keep your feet clean and protect damaged skin to prevent bacterial infections.
Check your feet daily and watch out for the formation of ulcers which can be prevented by keeping your skin undamaged and clean.
Do not allow your feet to become overly dry. Use special lotions that can help to keep your feet soft and prevent the skin from cracking. By doing this, your feet have fewer chances of sustaining breaks that can allow for bacteria to enter.
Antibiotic use is immensely helpful when prescribed, but overuse can be problematic since it can produce resistance to these medications.
Here at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, our team of podiatrists has experience treating many types of foot and ankle infections and can work with you to solve the underlying issues causing your bacterial foot infections. Please contact us for an appointment as we have six offices conveniently located in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands and Atascocita, TX. Foot infections can lead to significant and painful complications that can affect other parts of your body. We encourage you to seek treatment as the quicker your infection is dealt with, the quicker your feet can get better!