It’s almost time for Halloween and at Connecticut Foot Care Centers we’d like to make our contribution to this scary season by discussing some symptoms of foot conditions that might give you a fright.
Oozing—it’s never a pretty sight when skin or toenails show signs of discharge, particularly if it’s foul-smelling or looks like pus. This is not a symptom to ignore. With some disorders such as athlete’s foot, it means the infection is progressing with an increased risk of spreading to other parts of your body. If pus is present, there’s a good chance an infection has developed. If the area feels warm and tender and/or you have a fever, as well, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Black toes—although looking down and seeing that your toenail is black may be alarming, it’s not usually a reason for concern. The black that you see is most likely blood that has pooled under the nail, often as a result of an injury or trauma such as a heavy object falling on the toe. This is also a common condition for runners, dancers and other patients who participate in an activity where the toe repeatedly rubs up against the front of the shoe.
Lumps—the tricky thing about
Foot conditions can be tricky to diagnose by appearance alone. It’s always best to get suspicious symptoms checked out promptly to get the proper treatment.