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Osteomyelitis of the Feet

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Osteomyelitis, a bone infection caused by bacteria or fungi, can significantly impact the feet if left untreated. It commonly occurs in the feet of adults, and the hips and spine also may be affected. The feet are susceptible to infections through injuries, wounds, or surgeries. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, and redness often manifest in the infected feet. Timely diagnosis is crucial, involving physical exams and imaging scans. Treatment options may include antibiotics or surgical removal of infected bone tissue. Prompt wound care and proper footwear play a vital role in safeguarding against osteomyelitis and its potential long-term effects on the feet. If you suffer from this condition, or any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper examination and care.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Bruce Smit, DPM from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Frankfort, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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