Osteomyelitis is an infection and inflammation that can happen when a bacterial or fungal infection gets into a bone from the bloodstream or surrounding tissue. This condition can happen in the feet and can come on quickly or slowly and be severe or chronic. While it can occur at any age, older adults are more prone to osteomyelitis because they can experience health issues that increase their risk for infection that require surgery. Long bone infections, affecting arms and legs, are more common in children. Hematogenous osteomyelitis involves an infection to the bone from the bloodstream. It might enter the body through IV treatment. Non-hematogenous osteomyelitis can result from trauma, such as a fracture or open wound that requires surgery. Surgery that involves prosthetic materials, like metal pins, screws, or plates, can carry bacteria or fungi and cause this. Having diabetes or circulation problems can hamper treatment of this condition. Symptoms of osteomyelitis depend on the location of the infection, its severity, one’s age, and general health. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, fatigue, irritability, fever, chills, sweating, drainage, skin discoloration, and changes in walking. A delay in diagnosis and treatment can be serious, even fatal. Antibiotics or antifungal medication are usually administered to those with osteomyelitis. In some cases, surgery is needed to repair bone damage. If you have foot bone pain that is not related to a known issue, see a podiatrist immediately for an accurate diagnosis and swift, proper treatment.
Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.