Suffering from foot infections? Let Dr. Richard Norman and the team at Coastal Podiatry in Pismo Beach, CA, recommend the best course of action for your needs.
Common Foot Infections and How a Podiatrist Can Help
Foot infections can be irritating and sometimes painful. And unfortunately, there are several that can present themselves in your life. In this guide, Dr. Norman and the team at Coastal Podiatry in Pismo Beach, CA, share information about some of the most common foot infections, how they develop, and how your podiatrist can help.
Bacterial and Fungal Foot Infections
Infections of the foot typically occur when microbes enter your foot through small cuts or openings. Most often they are spread in moist, warm public places, such as community pools or gym showers.
Athlete's foot is a common example of this. Though it does happen to athletes, anyone who walks barefoot in warm, moist places or has skin-to-skin contact with someone who has athlete's foot can develop it. A podiatrist can recommend the best OTC or prescription treatments and medications.
Toenail infections are a very common foot infection. Fungus enters the toenail through small openings and thrives, as feet are normally in socks and shoes that create a damp environment. Toenail fungus can create pain, embarrassment, and discomfort, as the toenail thickens, becomes brittle, and often smells bad. Depending on the severity, your podiatrist might recommend anything from topical treatment to laser treatment.
Infections Related to Diabetes
People with diabetes often develop nerve damage, which prevents them from feeling anything in their feet. Cuts, scrapes, and sores often go undetected, which can lead to dangerous infections and ulcers. It’s imperative to see your podiatrist and inspect your feet regularly to prevent these issues.
HPV or human papillomavirus is a viral infection known to cause small growths on the soles of the feet. Unfortunately, these growths are contagious, so the virus can be spread easily by sharing footwear or walking barefoot in pools, locker rooms, and showers.
Though these warts develop on the soles, they can grow deep into the foot’s tissues. They can be very painful and begin to bleed if they are hit. They can also make it difficult to walk or stand.
Sometimes, plantar warts go away on their own. However, more severe plantar warts, extremely painful ones, or those that simply won’t go away usually need to be removed by your podiatrist.
Let Dr. Norman and the team at Coastal Podiatry in Pismo Beach, CA, help you overcome and prevent foot infections by calling (805) 773-3668 to schedule an appointment today.