Staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria that is commonly found on the skin and can cause serious infections if it enters the body through an open wound. In recent years, there has been an increase in drug-resistant strains of staph bacteria, especially MRSA, which has become more prevalent in high-traffic community areas like pool decks, locker rooms, and schools. When certain conditions like cuts, cracked skin, athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, puncture wounds, corns, and calluses are present on the feet, they can lead to increased risk of MRSA infection since these conditions create minor tears in the skin that can act as entry points for the bacteria.
To help prevent community-associated MRSA infections, foot and ankle surgeons recommend simple steps such as washing and bandaging cuts, seeking medical attention within 24 hours of puncture wounds, and avoiding self-surgery for ingrown toenails. It is essential to keep the feet clean and dry to prevent fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
If a cut or scrape appears red, swollen, and is not healing in a timely manner, it is advised to consult a foot and ankle surgeon for an examination. These specialists are skilled in diagnosing and treating various foot and ankle problems, including MRSA infections.
Dr. Gilbert Huang, DPM, is an experienced foot and ankle surgeon who specializes in treating a range of foot disorders. He has been performing surgery and other medical interventions to heal foot pain and disorders since 2011. If you have a foot condition that needs medical attention, contact Dr. Huang’s office to schedule an appointment.