Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey
Podiatrists located in Union, NJ & Scotch Plains, NJ
The podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey treat patients with infections such as cellulitis, athlete’s foot, and warts from offices located in Scotch Plains and Union, New Jersey.
Q & A
What Are Common Infections That Affect the Foot and Ankle?
Infections are a common complaint by patients to a podiatrist. Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot are quite common and can be typically treated by an antifungal cream or pill. If a viral infection is contracted in the skin of the foot, a wart can develop. Bacterial infections can develop from some sort of cut or opening in the skin. These bacterial infections are most commonly diagnosed as staphylococcus and streptococcus. These infections can cause differing damage to foot tissue depending on the severity and duration of the infection. Patients with diabetes are at a greater risk for these type of infections.
What Is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is an infection of the skin. It can vary from a light discoloration of the outer layer to a deep pus filled infection or abscess. Typically, cellulitis is caused by the bacteria streptococcus. As this bacterial infection develops, redness and inflammation can spread over the infected area. Skin can feel hot to the touch but the patient will often experience chills and fever. Additionally, patients who suffer from chronic swelling of the legs or venous stasis are at increased risk for cellulitis.
How Are Infections Treated?
While athlete’s foot is treated with antifungals, other infections of the foot require more direct treatment. Fungus in the toenails can be treated with topical treatments or laser treatment. Cellulitis can be treated via antibiotics and ointments. If a client has complications related to diabetes, care must be applied to the wounds on the foot to ensure that they do not get infected. Routine care by a podiatrist may be necessary to ensure that wounds do not advance to infection and require more extreme or complicated forms of care. If you think you have an infection that is affecting your feet or toenails, make an appointment with one of the podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey for diagnosis and treatment.
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Words from our patients
"Would definitely recommend anyone to come to this office for treatment. Excellent! Thank you!"
"I was treated at Foot & Ankle Specialists several times a few years ago and was very pleased with the care I received from their doctors."
"The appointments are efficient but I have never felt rushed or like the exam was incomplete."
"Highly recommend them for any foot related issues!!"
"Excellent and knowledgeable doctor. Explained my condition and what I had to do thoroughly. I didn't feel like he rushed while I was there."
"He was very thorough and went over all the details of my condition. And while he was professional, he was also fun and joked around and made me feel very comfortable."
"Very caring and knowledgeable doctor. Answers calls for questions."
"Dr. Patel and her staff are sweet and very patient. They make me feel very comfortable whenever I go there. Would recommend this place."