Staph Infections of the Foot
Staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria that can be
spread through the skin or open wound contact and is known to cause serious
illness and infection if contracted. In recent years, certain types of staph
bacteria, such as drug-resistant MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus), have become more common in high-traffic community areas such as pool
decks, locker rooms and schools. Those walking barefoot and suffering from
common, relatively minor foot problems such as cuts, cracks in the skin, athlete’s
foot, eczema, ingrown toenails, puncture wounds or corns and calluses can be at
higher risk for infection since these conditions can cause minor tears in the
skin which can act as portals for the bacteria to enter the body.
Foot and ankle surgeons recommend simple steps to help
prevent community-associated MRSA infections:
• Wash and bandage cuts.
• See a doctor within 24 hours for any puncture wound.
• Never perform “bathroom surgeries” to cut or dig out an ingrown toenail.
• Keep feet clean and dry to prevent fungal infections such as athlete’s
If you have a cut or scrape that becomes red or swollen and
is not healing in a timely manner, don’t hesitate to see a foot and ankle
surgeon for an examination
Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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