FOOT LESIONS MAY BE EARLY SIGN OF COVID-19 INFECTION

Doctor examines foot

24 Apr FOOT LESIONS MAY BE EARLY SIGN OF COVID-19 INFECTION

As evidence continues to mount that many people may be infected with COVID-19 without showing the symptoms, health officials — initially in Spain, Italy, and France, and now in the US — have potentially found another method for identifying a coronavirus infection just by looking at a patient’s feet, especially in teenagers and children. The signs were also noticed on the feet of some confirmed adult coronavirus patients.

 

What signs should you look for?

 

● The lesions have most often appeared on the toes (but they can also appear on the torso, buttocks, and hands) and are red and purple, looking very much like the skin conditions caused by measles, chickenpox, frostbite, or chilblains. 

 

● These skin conditions are now believed to be a possible early manifestation of COVID-19 infection in patients who may be infectious but show none of the other signs of a sore throat, dry cough, and breathing difficulties.

 

While health experts further investigate this potential symptom of coronavirus, it’s important to follow stay-at-home measures and keep watch over your health conditions to help prevent unwittingly transmitting or contracting the novel coronavirus. 

 

If you are experiencing a worrisome skin condition on your toes, if you have pain in your foot or heel, problems with your ankleingrown toenails, or any other issues with your feet, our experienced team of podiatrists is here to help! 

Contact us today to make an appointment with Alta Ridge Foot Specialists at one of our three offices at 105 Chestnut Street, Mars Hill or 440 Alta Pass Highway, Spruce Pine or 2211 NC Hwy 105, Boone NC. Our doctors are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care to our patients. Dr. W. Aaron Broyles, Dr. Robert L. Van Brederode and Dr. Thomas Verla and their staff are serving patients in Madison, Mitchell, and Watauga County. We look forward to hearing from you!