It’s Halloween and while you may enjoy watching scary horror movies on television, we at Foot and Ankle Specialists PC know that no one likes to see gruesome symptoms in their feet. Below are some of the more offending effects of foot problems and what to do about them.
Discharge—if you have any kind of pus, fluid or other discharge coming from your feet, it’s often a sign of a progressing condition that may need medical attention.
Some common reasons for this symptom include:
- Athlete’s foot—if untreated, itchy red skin may turn into weeping blisters that ooze. The infection could spread to other parts of your body as well.
- Infection—pus coming from around the bed of the nail may indicate that an ingrown toenail has actually punctured the skin and allowed bacteria to enter. If you have a cut or other wound, and now see pus it can also be a sign of infection.
You should contact our Lambertville (734-856-8900) or Monroe, MI (734-241-0200) office as soon as possible for an appointment so that our podiatrists, Dr Scott E. Hughes, Dr Greg P. Vogt and Dr Christine I. Tumele can assess your condition and prescribe the correct treatment. If the area around the discharge is also red or warm or you have a fever, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
Cyst—discovering a lump on anywhere on your foot can definitely give you a fright. There are, however, many conditions such as a ganglion cyst or plantar fibroma which are benign and may not cause pain or discomfort. However, it is necessary to have your lump diagnosed by the foot doctor to rule out more serious disorders.
Smell—stinky feet is a symptom that many patients are embarrassed by. Foul foot odor can be the result of a medical condition, but more often it just means an adjustment in hygiene and podiatric habits is necessary. Washing your feet daily and keep feet dry are two ways to decrease foot odor. If your feet tend to sweat excessively, you may need to change your socks several times a day. Allow shoes to air out for 24 hours between uses and never share items that touch another person’s feet.
You should never feel wary about contacting us for any foot or ankle concerns.