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Dog Bites May Affect the Feet

Dogs are cute, especially little puppies. But they like to bite and often playfully nip their owner’s feet. If a puppy gets carried away he can pierce the skin, and bacteria from his mouth can get into the foot possibly causing an infection. If this happens, it is important to wash the wound thoroughly to help prevent the bacteria from staying in the body. Infections like tetanus, rabies, or sepsis can develop from such bites. Since infections can spread to other parts of the body, in some cases, antibiotics or vaccinations are needed. If a dog bites your foot and the area swells or becomes red and painful, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist immediately to get the recommended treatment to halt the spread of a possible infection. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

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

Diagnosis

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

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 Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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