There are many different skin conditions that can affect your feet for any number of reasons. If you are have a consistent rash or even small lesions on your foot or feet it could be a viral, bacterial or fungal infection. In these cases, it’s important to seek medical attention from a podiatrist so they can make the proper diagnosis.
Some skin conditions are more common than others. Athlete’s foot, for example, is easy to diagnose because it’s so common. Other conditions have similar characteristics to each other, which can make them difficult to diagnose and treat with over-the-counter products alone. That’s where the aid of an experienced podiatrist like Dr. John Codwell III becomes so valuable. He will look at your medical history and physical symptoms along with the size, shape, and location of lesions or rashes can help to pinpoint the exact cause. Once Dr. Codwell is able to find a cause, treatment can begin.
Common Types of Skin Conditions that Affect the Feet
If your toenails are thickening, discolored or you’ve noticed changes to the nail texture, it’s possible you have a fungal infection. Left undiagnosed, toenail fungal infections can extend through the nail and affect the skin below. It becomes very difficult to treat at this point.
Corns and calluses
If you are experiencing thickened areas of the skin on your foot, it could be corns or calluses. These occur when pressure from the bony parts of your feet rub against the shoes. Treating corns and calluses by yourself may be harmful, especially if you have diabetes.
Plantar warts typically present as small skin growths on the bottoms of your feet. Thees small warts are typically caused by viruses. In some cases, plantar warts can be painful and they can also spread quite easily, so treatment is important. Over-the-counter products rarely completely cure warts, which means it is important to visit your podiatrist for proper care.
Tinea Pedis — or athlete’s foot as it’s more commonly known — is a fungal infection that can be picked up by simply stepping barefoot in the same place as someone else who has the condition. While athlete’s foot is easy to spread, it can also be be attributed to the amount of time our feet spend in warm, dark, humid places like your shoes. These environments are are perfect for fungus to grow.
To prevent infections, it’s important to always keep your feet clean and dry. If your skin condition does not go away within two weeks, talk to your podiatrist at Codwell Family Foot Center. Contact us today at our Houston, TX office to schedule an appointment. Dr. John Codwell and his experienced team will work with you to diagnose and find a proper treatment option for the skin condition affecting your feet.