Skin disorders of the foot often go unnoticed or get neglected. But did you know it's just as important to keep an eye out for any skin abnormalities on your feet as it is on any other place on your body?
When a skin problem on your feet arises, please let Bay Area Foot & Laser Podiatry Group help smooth it out. During your visit, Dr. Jonathan Huey gives you the skinny on what it is and determines the best course of treatment for you.
Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Do you notice dry, scaly skin and an itching, burning sensation between your toes or on your soles? If so, then you might have Athlete’s Foot. It’s one of the most common skin disorders of the foot. The rash can spread up the sides of your feet as well. Blisters may even form because of it. The fungus that causes this infection thrives in warm, damp environments like swimming pools, locker rooms, and your shoes. Because it’s contagious, it can spread to other areas of your body as well.
For a complete overview, check out this Sutter Health article on Athlete’s Foot.
Calluses & Corns
If an area of thick skin has built up on the bottom of your toe, then you likely have a callus. Calluses usually form in pressure or friction areas where you bear weight—more commonly on your heels or balls of your feet. They’re rarely painful.
If a small bump of thick skin has built up on the top or side of your toe, then you likely have a corn. Unlike calluses, corns usually form in pressure or friction areas that don’t bear weight and they can be painful when you press it.
With Psoriasis, new skin cells turn over faster than normal, building up over your old skin cells. If you notice whitish/silvery scales over dry, red patches of skin on the bottom of your feet, then chances are good that you have Psoriasis. This very common condition can happen anywhere on the body.
The most common skin cancers of the feet are Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Malignant Melanoma. Legendary reggae artist Bob Marley was found to have Acral Lentiginous Melanoma that began as a spot under one of his toenails and eventually took his life. This deadly type of cancer can occur in places that are easy to miss like under toenails and on foot soles.
Bacteria and fungus can live in your shoes and when they attach to your skin, you may end up with smelly feet and sweaty feet. It’s common for people who wear shoes every day.
If you sweat excessively even when you’re not exercising or it’s not hot out, you might be suffering from Hyperhidrosis. When this happens with your feet, the constant sweating can break down your skin which can lead to infection.
Warts are small, rough-looking growths that are similar in color to your skin. They’re caused by exposure to a virus and can spread by touch. It’s common to find them anywhere on your hands or feet. The ones that appear on the bottom of your feet are called Plantar Warts.