Is your toe is red, swollen, and sore. It maybe infected?
Toe infections are common especially in people with diabetes or a weakened immune system. Knowing what caused your infection can help you figure out whether you can treat it yourself, or you need to call a Podiatrist
Causes of Toe Infection
An infection in the skin around the toenail is called paronychia. It’s normally caused by a bacterium. The toenail can also be infected with a fungus.
If your toe is infected, one of these things maybe the cause:
- You cut the nail too short, or you cut the cuticle around the nail.
- You have an ingrown toenail .
- You’ve picked up a fungus, which you can get if you walk barefoot in common areas like a gym shower, locker room, bathrooms areas.
- You have a callus — thickened skin caused by rubbing your toe rubs against your shoe
- You put your feet in water .
You’re more likely to get an infected toe if you have diabetes. Damage to your blood vessels from high blood sugar can make it harder for your body to fight off infections. And diabetic nerve damage can prevent you from feeling minor trauma that could lead to a toe infection.
If you have a weakened immune system, you’re also more likely to get toe infections. This includes people with HIV, or those who’ve had an organ transplant.
What Are the Symptoms?
You might have an infected toe if you notice:
- Soreness or pain
- A pus-filled blister, or pus that drains from your toe
- Cracked, thickened, yellow toenails, from a fungal infection.
Diabetes can prevent you from feeling that you might have an infection, so check your feet every day. Look for redness, swelling, pus, and other signs of infection.
Foot pain, no matter how mild, is not natural. If you are experiencing pain or noticing a change in your feet you should seek medical care right away. Early care can help prevent the condition from worsening. Contact Podiatry Group of Georgia today to schedule your appointment or book you appointment online.