If you are in pain, have a wound, or show signs of an infection you need to be seen by your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment. Signs of infection include pain, redness, warmth, swelling, and purulent drainage. Fever (>100 without any known reason) and chillsmay also be evident.
Some people are at greater risk of limb or life threatening problems than others. If you are diabetic, have peripheralneuropathy, peripheral vascular diseases, or other conditions that compromise your health you should be seen on a regular basis to prevent complications.
We all have bumps and bruises that heal within a short period of time. when an injury does not seem to heal despite our "home treatments" you should see your podiatrist.