When it comes to our feet, they can develop a lot of skin issues. And while some can be simply unsightly, others can lead to painful conditions. Fortunately, if you develop skin conditions on your feet, the expert podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Clinic, LLC can diagnose and treat your skin problems. Here are some of the most common issues that can affect your feet.
Ill-fitting shoes are perhaps the top reason for getting blisters, but they’re not the only reason. Even well-fitted shoes can cause blisters if you walk or run long distances. Furthermore, dermatitis, eczema, athlete’s foot, poison ivy, and diabetes can all contribute to the development of blisters. Many blisters respond well to self-care, but if an underlying condition is contributing to their development, you may need medical help.
Calluses and corns
Calluses and corns, which consist of toughened outer skin, are often just cosmetic issues. However, blood vessels and nerves can get trapped in this tissue and cause bleeding and pain.
Athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection that can cause itchy, red rashes as well as cracked and broken skin, usually appears on the soles and between the toes. There are both acute and chronic forms of athlete’s foot, with the chronic version often mistaken for just being dry, scaly skin. Acute forms of the fungal infection tend to be more painful.
Plantar warts, which appear on the soles of the feet, are usually circular. They may be alone or in clusters. They usually have a hardened appearance and may resemble calluses or corns. Warts are viral in origin, and even when they go away, they may reappear later.
Medically called onychomycosis, toenail fungus causes nails to thicken, discolor, and change in texture and strength. The fungus usually starts at the tip of the toe, and if not treated, it and can spread throughout the entire nail and affect the skin under the nail as well. It can lead to pain in the affected toe, particularly when pressed upon in a shoe. The fungus can also provide an opportunity for a bacterial infection to begin.
Nail deformities, trimming issues, and broken nails can all contribute to the development of ingrown toenails, a condition where the edge of a nail penetrates or irritates the skin at the side of the nail. It can be quite painful, particularly in tight shoes, and it may become infected and produce pus. Minor cases can be resolved at home, but serious infections may require medical treatment.
Your feet are your foundation, so don’t take skin issues lightly. The experienced dermatologists at each location of Family Foot and Ankle Clinic, LLC can diagnose and treat any issues affecting your feet. Call the closest office to schedule your appointment today.