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Some people are more at risk of getting osteomyelitis, including people who have had it before, and people with diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Osteomyelitis causes severe pain, usually in the feet, legs or back. Other symptoms can include swelling, a limp, and a high temperature.
To check if you have osteomyelitis your GP will usually take a look at the affected area. You may need tests such as a blood test or scans.
Osteomyelitis is treated with antibiotics. You may need to be treated in hospital if your symptoms are severe, and you may also need surgery.
Page last reviewed: 16/08/2023
Next review due: 16/08/2026