A foot infection is nothing to trifle with. It should be addressed within a reasonable time frame so that it can be evaluated and treated. Our Chicago foot infection doctor, Robert L. Potempa, DPM, wants you to know the signs to look for so that you’re sure to call us when you have an infection or a possible infection that needs to be examined.
It isn’t always easy at first glance to tell the difference between a case of inflammation and an actual infection. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms that you’re experiencing so that you can be sure to contact our Chicago foot infection doctor when you’re in need of attention. A few indications of an infection that you should be on the lookout for include pain and swelling, warmness, red streaks, fever, or pus drainage. If you are noticing any of the mentioned signs and you have not had an injury to your foot that would explain any of them, the likelihood is that you are dealing with an infection. Your best course of action is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Potempa right away so that he can take a look at it and make a diagnosis. Even if you have suffered a foot injury, if you are experiencing the symptoms listed we encourage you to be seen.
There are various types of infections that can be caused by viruses or fungus. Some may affect specific parts of your foot only while others may affect more than one area. The most important thing is to consult with our Chicago foot infection doctor so that the problem can be identified and the proper course of action begun. In some cases, there may be no need for any complicated treatment. But infections of the foot need to be taken seriously because complications can occur if they are ignored. This is even more the case if you have diabetes, an immune system that is functioning at less than 100%, or peripheral artery disease. It is the goal of our office and of Dr. Potempa to keep your feet at the optimal level of health and with prompt attention to infections, we can make that goal an achievable one.
Chicago Foot Doctor
3144 N. Austin Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60634