Pyogenic Arthritis of the Foot

Pyogenic arthritis, which is sometimes called septic arthritis is a suppurative inflammation within a joint space, most commonly due to haematogenous spread, but sometimes due to direct spread from a penetrating wound or a neighbouring infection, for example chronic osteomyelitis. Most commonly affected are children, premature neonates, the elderly and the immune suppressed. Generally, this disease is monoarticular, and occurs often in the knee and the hip, but may involve any joint. In infants there can be multiple joint involvement. Note that septic arthritis of the hip may present as pain in the knee and vice-versa.
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  • Severe foot pain, especially with movment
  • Inflammation of the foot
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue and generalized weakness
  • Inability to move the foot
  • Warmth
  • Bacteria (Haemophilus influenza, staphylococcus, and streptococcus) that spreads from another area of the body
  • Virus (hepatitis A, B, and C, parvovirus B19, herpes viruses, HIV, HTLV-1, Adenovirus, coxsackie viruses, mumps, Ebola) that spreads from another area of the body
  • Open wound
  • People at risk have weakened immune system, pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, intravenous drug abuse, and rheumatic and immune deficiency disorders
  • Seek medical advise



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