Osteomyelitis is an infection in bone tissue. It usually develops when bacteria travels through the blood stream or migrates from neighboring tissues. Your bones can also be infected directly if an injury exposes the bone tissue to pathogens. The bacteria can quickly destroy the bone and become deadly if it’s not treated promptly. Diabetic feet have a particularly high risk for this infection. Diabetes increases your chances for wounds that open up the foot to pathogens. The disease also impairs your immune system, so your body has a hard time fighting any bacteria. The pathogens are then able to migrate from the soft tissues in your lower limbs to your bones.
Osteomyelitis is a dangerous infection that needs aggressive treatments. If you develop a deep, painful foot infection and fever, especially after an injury, contact Dr. Darren Silvester and our team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, promptly. Call (830) 569-3338 to make an appointment to take care of the problem.