Posts for: January, 2021
- Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
- Pain that is directly above a bone
- Pain that is worse with movement
- Bruising and severe swelling
- A cracking sound at the moment of injury
- A visible deformity or bump
- Can’t put weight on the injured foot
The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
Foot infections can cause pain and discomfort and may even put you at risk of health complications in some cases. Fortunately, your podiatrist in Suffolk and Norfolk, VA, Dr. Jesse Anderson, offers treatments for a variety of foot infections, including these types of infections.
Itchy athlete's foot occurs as a result of a fungal infection that you may have picked up in a public shower or locker room or from a family member who has the infection. Although over-the-counter products can be helpful if you have a mild infection, drugstore products aren't always strong enough to treat more severe or stubborn athlete's foot infections.
Your Suffolk and Norfolk foot doctor can prescribe a topical medication that can reach the deeper layers of your skin. Oral anti-fungal medication may also be helpful in some cases.
A fungal infection is also responsible for your yellow toenails. Because the fungus can lurk in the deepest layers of your nails and on your nail bed, drugstore products may not turn your nails clear. Topical medications prescribed by your foot doctor can penetrate all the layers of your nail, killing the fungus. Oral anti-fungal medication and laser treatment are other options.
Did you step on a nail, piece of glass, or slash the top of your foot? Cuts, particularly puncture wounds, can become infected if bacteria from your skin and other surfaces begin to grow in the wound. Your wound may be infected if it's painful, red, or warm. You may also notice red streaks on your skin or pus on the wound. A fever can also accompany an infection.
Call the podiatry office right away if you suspect that you have an infected wound. You may need antibiotics and other treatments to kill the bacteria and heal your wound.
Diabetic sores and ulcers
Sores and ulcers are more likely to become infected if you have diabetes. The disease slows healing and can turn a simple burst blister into a serious, life-threatening infection. Don't wait for signs of infection to occur before you call the foot doctor. By then, the infection may be very difficult to treat.
If you're diagnosed with a diabetic foot infection, you may need to take antibiotics and wear a boot for a little while to reduce pressure on your foot. Other treatments may be needed if the infection is severe or has spread to your leg.
Are you concerned about a foot infection? Schedule a visit with your Suffolk and Norfolk, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Jesse Anderson. Call (757) 625-2962 to make an appointment for the Norfolk office or (757) 539-2098 for the Suffolk office.
If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.