Taking care of skin and nail conditions on the feet isn’t all just about aesthetics, though. Many problems can not only make your feet
So when you see something on your foot and think, “What is that?” it might be time to come in and see us. Let’s take a look at some of the more common skin and nail conditions—and what they may mean for your foot health.
It never hurts to lead off with a classic.
Plantar warts tend to be found on the underside or sides of the
Many times, plantar warts don’t cause any actual harm. There are cases, though, when they become tender and painful to walk on. Considering that an infection can last anywhere up to 2 years on its own without any intervention, that can mean some long-term trouble.
The other problem that arises with plantar warts is some of the ways people try to self-treat them. If you’re picking at, digging, or trying to burn off your warts with
Dry skin can often feel more like a nuisance than an actual problem. Our feet are particularly vulnerable to dryness due to the lack of oil glands they have compared to the rest of our skin. The dry winters we can have around here certainly don’t help!
Dryness is worth addressing at
A thick moisturizer can provide good protection. Those with ingredients such as urea, alpha
Coating your heels and other problem areas in Vaseline or
If these measures aren’t helping you, your feet are cracked and inflamed, or you are having problems with dryness while managing diabetes, you should definitely give us a call.
Corns and Calluses
These two always seem to be talked about in pairs, but don’t always show up to a party together.
What are the differences? A callus tends to be relatively flat and develop along the soles of the feet. They’re often not very painful.
Corns, on the other hand, tend to be smaller and more raised. They have a hard center often surrounded by tender
Corns can be a common complication if you also have hammertoes or a bunion. They can form in places where the toe rubs against the inside of a shoe, causing plenty of pain and inflammation.
If corns (or even calluses) are causing you pain, we can help. In many cases, a change in footwear or the use of custom orthotics can take pressure away from the painful areas and reduce the irritation.
Whether you’re an athlete spending time in the locker room or an on-the-move worker who fills their boots with sweat, you should be mindful of the risks of picking up athlete’s foot.
Just like the plantar warts virus, the fungi that cause athlete’s foot also love damp, warm places—such as a shower floor or the inside of a sweaty shoe. Once the fungi dig in, they can cause a painful, red, scaly rash, and sometimes even blisters.
While athlete’s foot can be treated at home, you should contact us if you are not seeing any improvement in a few days. Not only is athlete’s foot very uncomfortable
Let’s Be Clear, Here
There are more problems that can arise on the skin of your feet, from eczema to blisters to even skin cancer.
The key to any good treatment, however, is timing. If you hold off on taking care of problems that arise on your feet, you are giving them the opportunity to grow worse. In rare cases, they can become outright dangerous.
If there is something on your skin that just isn’t clearing up, or isn’t getting better no matter what you try, it’s time to get expert help. (And yes, you can try duct tape on your plantar warts—just don’t be too surprised if it doesn’t work.)
At Freeland Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Timothy Dailey and our staff are knowledgeable in all the maladies that can creep up on feet, and the best ways to treat them. Whether the course of action is medical in
Our office in Freeland is here to help with all your foot and ankle needs. Give us a call at (989) 695-6788 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment with us.