fbpx
contact
Follow Us
Image Alt

Skin Conditions

Foot skin conditions are notorious for their embarrassing stigma.

Unfortunately, that stigma causes many to put off treatment because they’re embarrassed to show their feet to our team.

Don’t Delay Treatment

Try to remember that we see a wide variety of feet day in and day out with conditions that are most likely be far more progressed than yours. What can be an extreme source of embarrassment for you doesn’t make us blink.

It’s also important to note that most skin conditions do NOT get better just by leaving them alone and are easier to treat the quicker they are diagnosed.

One of our favorite things is when we have a patient that is excited about the chance to wear summer shoes and sandals again because their fungal nails, smelly feet or cracked heels are on the mend!

 Plantar Wart’s

Plantar warts are a special type of wart that is most common among kids and teens. They start out as small lesions on the bottom of the foot that look a bit like a callus.

As the wart grows inward, you’ll start to notice black pinpoints on the surface, which are actually tiny drops of clotted blood.

Without treatment, these little warts will grow and keep growing, sometimes up to one inch in diameter.

 Fungal Toenails

We’ve all seen toenails like these at the pool or in the shower at the gym. Yellow toenails, thick toenails and discolored toenails all point to the same thing – fungus. It’s an embarrassing condition, but it’s also very common.

 Calluses + Corns

Calluses and corns are part of the body’s natural defense system, designed to protect the skin against repeated friction and pressure. Good, right?

Some calluses might be welcomed, like drummers who want calluses on their hands to avoid frequent blisters. Or maybe a tight rope walker would want them to protect his feet from the rope. It could happen.

 Cracked Heels + Fissures

If the edges of your heels are dry, scaly and hardening, apply a heavy moisturizing lotion each night before bed and sleep with socks on. We recommend using a moisturizing lotion for dry and cracked heels.

 Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are a painful condition that can be caused by foot fungus.  They are caused by friction, almost always related to rubbing from a shoe during an activity. Most people don’t realize that conditions like athlete’s foot, eczema, burns and over-moist conditions can also contribute to the formation of blisters.

 Cysts

Mucoid and ganglion cysts are lumps that occur around the joints and tendons.

They are benign, but unpleasant and scary – most people immediately think they have something much more serious, such as a tumor, growing under their skin.

Athlete’s Foot Is One Doozy Of A Foot Fungus.

We see it in patients of all ages who shower at the fitness center or spend time in a locker room, where it’s easily spread.

 

Once the fungus comes in contact with your skin, that warm, moist environment of your sweaty sneakers is like fungal heaven.

Feeling

The skin around and between your toes will itch and sometimes burn, peel, crack, hurt, blister or become infected. The skin around your heel and the bottom of your foot may thicken and crack. It can even spread to your toenails, which may become thick, yellowish and start to flake or crumble. It’s not pretty.

Spread

Direct skin-to-skin contact, walking barefoot on contaminated locker room floors, showering after or sharing shoes with someone who has athlete’s foot is all it takes.

 

It’s even possible to touch something that’s contaminated and pass it to another person without actually getting athlete’s foot yourself.  That’s because some people are just more susceptible to it. And if you’ve already had athlete’s foot, you’re at a higher risk of repeated outbreaks.

 

Treatment

If you have recently noticed the signs of an athlete’s foot infection and it’s the first time you have had it, try one of the over-the-counter products for athlete’s foot. Along with the cream, lotion or spray, here are some other important tips:

  • Stay away from infected areas! Wait till you get home from the gym to shower. (And make sure to sanitize the tub so you don’t pass it along to your partner). We suggest wearing a protected flip flop like Vionic with Orthaheel Technology.
  • Wash with antifungal soap daily. We recommend FungaSoap because it’s naturally based and gentle enough to use every day because it contains tea tree oil; a natural antifungal.
  • Apply an anti-fungal cream or athlete’s foot cream and foot powder to your feet and in between the toes before putting socks and shoes on. We carry all these products in the office.
  • Avoid wearing cotton socks, which will just hold the excessive sweat against your skin. We recommend copper thread or bamboo socks.
  • Give your shoes time to dry out by wearing different shoes every other day.
  • Sanitize shoes that you wear frequently with a Shoe Zap or spray with antifungal Fortinia Shoe Spray.

The Itching And Burning Keep Coming Back

If you’ve had athlete’s foot for some time and the over-the-counter treatments aren’t working, or if this is a recurring problem, come in for an appointment.

 

We can prescribe medications that will clear it up.  We also offer a full line of prescription-strength products in our office to help treat this condition, plus we offer the Shoe Zap as a convenience item.

 

If your toenails have become infected and turn yellowish and thicken, call us right away.

 

Toenail infections need to be treated separately from Athlete’s foot, so your cream or spray won’t help.

 

It can also lead to permanent damage and may spread to other parts of the body.

“Eeeew, Are Those Your Feet?”

If you suffer from smelly and sweaty feet – technically known as bromhidrosis and hyperhidrosis – you have no doubt been embarrassed by that question at some point.

Foot Odor Is Treatable!

Our skin is designed to cool the body by sweating, which is just water evaporating and taking some of the heat with it.

 

When our feet sweat, bacteria and fungi will throw a party in your shoes. They just love that cozy, warm, moist and dark environment.

 

The key to treatment is keeping feet dry and eliminating any bacteria or fungi that are causing the problems.

 

In most cases, this is something you can do at home. We recommend trying the following self-treatment steps for a month.

Reduce Foot Odor At Home

  • Wash your feet every morning with an antibacterial soap. Then, dry them thoroughly and apply a foot antiperspirant and deodorant. (Just rinsing them off isn’t good enough!)
  • Apply foot powder to your feet and in between the toes before putting socks and shoes on.
  • Avoid wearing bamboo socks, which will just hold the excessive sweat against your skin.
  • Give your shoes time to dry out by wearing different shoes every other day.
  • Sanitize shoes that you wear frequently. ShoeZap is inexpensive and very effective. It uses UV light to kill bacteria that cause foot odor and fungus.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FOOT PAIN, CALL OUR OFFICE OR MAKE AN ONLINE APPOINTMENT

HEEL

ARCH

TOES + NAILS

ANKLE + LEG

BALL OF FOOT

TOP OF FOOT