Signs of Infections of the Foot: 101

Most skin infections may resolve on their own or can be treated through antibiotics, but if left untreated, some infections can ultimately lead to hospitalization, surgery or amputation. It is important to see a podiatrist when you’re experiencing any foot abnormality. They can diagnose the problem and determine the best mode of treatment.

A foot infection can develop from basic foot injuries and common bacteria and fungi. These infections are initially characterized by swelling and tenderness.

Signs of foot infections may include:

  • Swelling and pain
  • Breaks or dryness in the skin
  • Change in skin color (pink hue or redness)
  • Rise in skin temperature
  • Open wounds that are slow to heal
  • Pus exiting the site of trauma
  • Odor
  • Fever
  • Itching or Burning


Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to infections.  If you or someone you know is diabetic, read our diabetic foot care blog, for more specific signs of infection to look out for.

If you think you need to be evaluated for an infection, call our office today and set up an appointment (707) 578-1222.