Your feet’s constant contact with the ground, especially when they’re exposed, leave them open to a number of different dermatological conditions that, while not necessarily dangerous, can cause great discomfort. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, Dr. Joel Tikalsky quickly intervenes to stop the spread of fungal infections that are not only unsightly, but become harder to treat if left unchecked. If you’re in Weston, Wisconsin, and you have dermatological concerns about your feet, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Your skin is your body’s first-line defense against the outside world, protecting it from injury, diseases, and infections. As such, your skin takes a lot of abuse, and there’s only so much it can handle. When something, quite literally, gets under your skin, you can develop problems that are, at best, unsightly, and, at worst, potentially harmful.
The most common dermatological problems that affect your feet are:
This fungal infection typically develops in between your toes and presents as a scaly, red rash that can be itchy or painful. The infection is contagious and can spread to others, as well as across your feet. While athlete’s foot isn’t particularly dangerous, if you have a pre-existing medical condition like diabetes, the resulting open sores can pose a threat to your health.
Another fungal infection, toe fungus, gets into your toenails and causes them to become brittle and discolored. The fungus can penetrate deep into your nails, severely compromising their integrity, allowing them to chip away and crumble. The fungus can spread from one toe to another.
Plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is an infection that can enter your body through openings in your feet. Plantar warts often develop along the pressure-bearing points along the bottom of your feet and can cause discomfort, especially if calluses form over the top of them, causing them to grow inward.
In all three cases — plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and toenail fungus — the primary causes of the problems lie in exposure to moist environments where fungi and bacteria thrive. Public swimming areas, showers, and gyms are the main culprits.
After performing a thorough review of your issue, Dr. Tikalsky comes up with an appropriate treatment plan that eliminates the infections from the inside out and the outside in. That is to say, depending upon the severity of your problem, Dr. Tikalsky may recommend oral antibiotics, as well as antifungal topical creams and wart removal.
If your feet are plagued by dermatological problems, seek experienced care at Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.