Skin Condition

Tri-County Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Brighton, MI; Livonia, MI; Sterling Heights, MI; Troy, MI; Taylor, MI; and Trenton, MI

If you have dry, flaky, or cracked skin on your feet, you may benefit from medical treatment from board-certified podiatrists Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan. The doctors offer expert diagnosis and customized treatments to heal the skin on your feet and reduce any related pain. Call or make an appointment online today.

Skin Condition Q & A

What are common skin conditions that affect the feet?

Whether you wear shoes and socks every day or prefer to run around barefoot or wearing sandals, the skin on your feet is at risk for a wide range of uncomfortable and unattractive skin conditions. Some of the most common skin conditions that affect your feet include:

Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually begins in the warm, moist skin between your toes. Over time, the infection spreads over your foot, causing a scaly, red, itchy rash. You may also develop blisters or ulcers.

The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in warm, wet environments and usually spreads through contact with contaminated surfaces such as public pools, locker rooms, and shared showers.

Eczema

You can also develop eczema on your feet. You may have a red or scaly rash, or you may develop painful blisters with dyshidrotic eczema, an allergic type of the condition. Eczema isn’t contagious, but it’s often uncomfortable, itchy, and unattractive.

Calluses

Calluses are patches of dry, thick skin that develop in response to pressure or friction. Your skin may appear thick and rough, or you may develop a hard, raised bump. The callus could cause tenderness or pain, especially when you put pressure on it. Calluses often develop on bunions or hammertoes as the foot deformity causes your foot to rub against your shoes abnormally.

Dry skin

Whether you wear shoes and socks all day or prefer to be barefoot, you can develop dry skin on your feet. When left untreated, your skin may become flaky or even crack, causing pain and reducing your risk of infections such as plantar warts and fungal and bacterial infections.

When should I talk to a podiatrist about a foot skin condition?

If your feet are dry and cracked or if you have symptoms of athlete’s foot, you may consider over-the-counter treatments. However, if your skin doesn’t improve, you should make an appointment with Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna for expert diagnosis and treatment.

The podiatrists can take samples and diagnose the infection or condition causing your skin problem and offer customized treatment to heal the skin on your feet.

How are foot skin conditions treated?

The podiatrists offer customized treatment for foot skin conditions including medicated creams and topical treatments to help your body fight off an infection. They can also recommend creams for daily use to keep your skin moisturized, strong, and healthy.

Call or schedule an appointment online today to get the treatment you need for beautiful and healthy feet.