Bone Infection

Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone) can be caused by a variety of microbial agents (bacteria, fungus), the most common of which is staphylococcus aureus.

This serious infection can occur from a number of sources:

  • It may enter bone through an injury, such as an open fracture with the bone ends piercing the skin.
  • It can spread from elsewhere in the body or through the bloodstream.
  • It can result from a chronic foot wound or infection, such as a diabetic ulcer.
  • To diagnose the condition, the foot and ankle surgeon will examine the area and may order blood tests and x-rays or other imaging studies. Treatment options include surgery and antibiotic therapy.

"Bone Infection." Bone Infection. American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), 21 June 2010. Web. 01 Mar. 2013