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T o d d J. K a r a s, D. P. M.

Infections

Foot infections can come from bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens. Common bacterial infections include cellulitis and abscesses, which often develop from cuts, blisters, or other skin injuries that become infected. Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, thrive in warm, moist environments, leading to itching, redness, and peeling skin. Viral infections like plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and result in painful, rough growths on the soles of the feet.

 

Correctly diagnosing and treating foot infections is at the heart of preventing complications and ensuring a full recovery. A podiatrist will typically examine the affected area, inquire about symptoms, and perform laboratory tests to identify the responsible pathogen. Treatment varies depending on the type of infection: bacterial infections often require antibiotics, fungal infections are treated with antifungal medications, and viral infections might be managed with topical treatments or cryotherapy.

Preventing foot infections involves good hygiene practices, such as regularly washing and thoroughly drying feet, wearing clean, breathable socks, and choosing well-ventilated footwear. Avoiding walking barefoot in communal areas and promptly treating minor foot injuries can also reduce the risk of infection. For individuals with underlying health conditions like diabetes, maintaining proper foot care is essential to avoid infections and related complications.