Winter may be packed with holidays, but it’s also packed with sniffles, running noses, and many different infections. Your body is more susceptible to infections of all kinds in the winter, which is why taking care of the skin on vulnerable areas like your hands—and your feet—is so important. Of course, colds and the flu aren’t the only kinds you need to worry about, especially if you have a cut on your foot.
Skin is a first barrier against infection. When it’s cut, scraped, or otherwise wounded, its ability to protect you is compromised. Bacteria is able to get in through these wounds and can cause serious internal trouble. Your feet are particularly vulnerable, since they come into contact with dirt and grime on the ground, and stepping on something sharp is an easy way to injure them. This can be dangerous for anyone, though people with diabetes or other diseases that compromise the immune system have an especially high risk.
That’s why you need to not only take care of a cut or other break in the skin right away, but also check it regularly for signs of infection afterward. Here are a few tell-tale symptoms to watch for:
- Increased pain and redness around the original injury
- Red streaks around the wound
- Skin that feels hot to the touch
- Swelling and draining pus from the wound
- Development of a fever
Any of these symptoms need to be treated right away to prevent the problem from spreading. Seeing red streaks and developing a fever are particularly serious symptoms and need to be addressed immediately. If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, or an otherwise weakened immune system, you are highly susceptible to infections spreading and worsening quickly, so you need prompt foot care for all types of wounds.
Scrapes and cuts don’t have to turn into serious issues for your lower limbs. Treating them correctly when they first appear, then monitoring them for signs of an infection, can make a huge difference for your lower limb health. Don’t wait until a problem develops to seek help. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an appointment right away instead. You can reach our offices through the website or by calling (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden office and (203) 876-7736 for the Milford location.
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