Most of us are aware of the basic signs of infection: redness, warmth, swelling, and increased pain. If these symptoms are present, there is likely an infection in the skin. Most of the time, this is caught early and treated with antibiotics.
However, one of the common causes of poor wound healing in the foot is underlying bone infection, also known as osteomyelitis. Unfortunately, this diagnosis is more difficult to make and is often overlooked.
At the Amputation Prevention Center at Capital Foot and Ankle, we will order x-rays of all new foot ulcers to rule out underlying bone infection. There may be times where more advanced imaging is necessary. Our experts may order an MRI, CT scan, or even a bone scan. Sometimes, a bone biopsy may be necessary to confirm the infection.