Pain in your bones, discolored skin, pus, or an open wound are all signs that you may have a bone infection called osteomyelitis. The expert podiatrists at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists in Grapevine and Keller, Texas get your infection under control to prevent your osteomyelitis from developing into a chronic condition or causing bone death. Men and women in the Grapevine and Keller areas should call Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for an appointment.
Osteomyelitis can be caused from an infection in your bone by bacteria or fungi. The infection may have been caused by bone surgery, such as a hip replacement, or other trauma.
The original infection might have been in the muscles, skin, or other tissue that surround the site of osteomyelitis. However, it can spread from one place in your body to another, such as an untreated wound. It could also have migrated from another area of your body through the bloodstream or may have arisen from the blood.
Children are most often affected in their arms or legs. Adult men and women tend to develop osteomyelitis in their feet, spine, and hips. However, you can get a bone infection anywhere in your body.
Osteomyelitis can occur as an acute incident or may develop into a chronic condition. Chronic osteomyelitis that is not treated or is poorly controlled leads to severe complications, such as bone necrosis (bone death). Osteomyelitis cannot be inherited.
The risk factors for developing a bone infection include:
If you have any of the following symptoms of osteomyelitis, immediately call a podiatrist at Alliance Ankle & Foot Specialists, or go to the emergency room:
The specialists at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists treat your osteomyelitis with antibiotics or antifungal medications that kill the organisms that caused it.
Depending on the severity of your case, you may need surgery that removes dead or dying tissue and bone, improves the flow of blood to the affected area, and removes any foreign materials that may be present.
Chronic osteomyelitis is difficult to treat. If you notice any of the signs or symptoms of a bone infection, getting medical attention as soon as possible increases your chances of a good outcome.
Call your podiatrist at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists if you see signs of an infection.