MRSA is a staph infection that has been causing a stir, as it is quickly evolving to become more drug resistant. This infection can occur from simple and everyday foot problems, including cracked feet, ingrown toenails, and athlete’s foot.
How to Prevent an Infection
The first and most apparent sign that something might not be quite right is when you have a cut and it is not healing as quickly as expected. That is when you should immediately consult with a podiatrist or doctor who focuses specifically on proper foot care.
We recommend the following to help prevent an infection:
- Keep cuts bandaged and washed frequently
- To prevent athlete’s foot, keep your feet clean and dry
- Visit a doctor no more than 24 hours after the wound
- Do not try to cut an ingrown toenail on your own
Staph bacteria is a common problem for many, as at least a third of people carry some form of staph bacteria, including MRSA. Even the smallest cuts allow bacteria to enter; and these cuts can arise from a variety of common foot conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, calluses, even corns. If you are walking barefoot, in places such as the gym, by a poolside, the beach, or a public shower, this increases the likelihood of cuts.
Why Choose Our Seattle Podiatrists?
Dr. Mikhail Burakovskiy and our entire team of Seattle foot doctors at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington make it a priority to help patients with a variety of foot conditions that may be affecting their overall health. We have a hard-working, qualified team behind us to serve Everett, Renton, Kirkland, and throughout the Greater Seattle to ensure you are receiving the right form of treatment. We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable environment in our podiatry offices while you are under our care.
To get started, please give us a call at (425) 678-3877 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!