Foot infections are a very common problem and can cause substantial pain and sometimes serious complications. Many different infections of the foot can occur, and each needs to be treated in an appropriate way. Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM is a skilled podiatrist who treats foot infections for patients in and around the Salt Lake City area
What are Foot Infections?
Foot infections can take different forms. Common foot infections include:
- Cellulitis: An infection on the skin of the foot
- Abscesses: Pus-filled pockets that form under the surface of the skin or in tissue.
- Septic arthritis: An infection of the joints of the foot.
- Septic bursitis: Infection of the bursa, which are fluid-filled sacs around joints that protect against friction.
- Osteomyelitis: Infection of the bones of the foot.
Sometimes, infections of the foot could cause sepsis and your entire body could become sick. You need to get treatment promptly if you are experiencing pain or notice changes to the skin of the foot.
Symptoms of Foot Infections
Symptoms of foot infections can vary. You may have thickening or cracking of the skin; redness; swelling and inflammation; or itchiness. Infected skin may feel hot to the touch or throb. If an infection spreads throughout the body, you can experience a fever, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, and a variety of other symptoms.
How Does Dr. Auger Treat Foot Infections?
Dr. Auger will diagnose a foot infection through a comprehensive diagnostic exam. Samples of infected skin may be taken, or imaging tests such as X-rays or MRIs may be necessary. Once diagnosed, Dr. Auger can recommend appropriate treatment, including topical, injectable, or oral antibiotic or antifungal medication.
Contact Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM Today
You should visit a foot doctor to seek prompt treatment for a suspected infection. Dr. Auger has three convenient office locations in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Sandy, Utah. Call today to schedule your appointment so you can begin fighting an infection.