Posts for category: skin conditions
Blisters on your feet are caused by a combination of the temperature, sweat, and friction inside your footwear. Any skin irritation is exacerbated by footwear that isn’t properly fitted. If your footwear is too tight or too loose it can add to the tendency for blisters to develop.
If you notice a blister developing, removing the source of friction and carefully draining the blister without popping it will help to prevent it from worsening. Apply an antibiotic and cover the insulate the blistered area to help avoid future rubbing. You can avoid blister formation with some simple steps.
These actions will help prevent blisters from developing on your feet:
- Look for “hot spots”—Areas of the skin on your feet that are prone to blistering will first become red and irritated and feel hot and painful. Look for these areas and notice the corresponding area inside your shoes to see if there is a part of your shoe that is causing the friction. Placing a moleskin paid over the red area will help insulate it from the rubbing. Change to shoes that don’t rub on the hot spots, as outlined in the next tip.
- Wear properly fitted, supportive, and comfortable shoes— High heels and other shoes that push your toes together and rub on your feet increase irritation and blister formation. Always have your feet properly measured and buy shoes that are comfortable and supportive. Shoes with a wide toe box will help to avoid rubbing and blistering.
- Drink plenty of healthy fluids to stay properly hydrated—It’s important to maintain proper hydration so your feet don’t become swollen. Drink fluids before, during, and after hard work, sports, and exercise to keep balanced and to avoid blister formation.
For blisters that aren’t healing properly or if you notice signs of infection see your foot doctor to determine the cause. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Deep cracks in your heels called heel fissures can worsen to the extent that they become extremely hard and actually start bleeding. If you have large, painful heel fissures on your feet, you need to see your foot doctor to have them trimmed and treated to avoid possible infection and amputation.
Some of the causes of heel fissures include:
● Standing and walking on hard surfaces regularly
● Being severely overweight
● Thyroid problems
● Estrogen issues
● Peripheral neuropathy
● Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema
● Wearing shoes with an open back
● Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies
● Circulation irregularities
● It’s hereditary
For fissures that are not too advanced you can try to reduce the thickness of the skin in the heel area by using a pumice stone or file. Staying properly hydrated will help keep your skin more pliable and consuming omega 3 fatty acids may also help retain skin moisture.
Some treatments for heel fissures include the following:
- Determining the cause of the cracking with the help of your foot doctor
- Removing the hard skin while limiting cuts and bleeding
- Strapping adjacent cracks together for faster healing
- Using custom orthotic inserts and heel cups to contain the heel and keep it from expanding sideways
- Rehydrating the skin with moisturizing lotions and ointments
If you are experiencing complications with heel fissures, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany,IN. Dr. Zahid Ladha, our podiatrist, is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Corns and calluses are caused by your skin’s reaction to friction and pressure. This is often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Athletes and runners are more likely to develop corns and calluses due to the increased pressure and stress from repetitive movements. Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet is more likely to develop problems with reactive skin conditions like corns and calluses.
The difference between calluses and corns:
Calluses—These are thicker and larger than corns, and tend to appear on the heel or ball of the foot where the majority of the pressure is felt from walking and exercising.
Corns—These are most likely to develop when your toes rub together or where pressure from poorly fitting shoes causes rubbing. A corn will frequently develop on the top of a hammertoe that pushes the toe against your footwear.
2 of the conservative treatments for corns and calluses include:
- Pads and orthotic inserts—Special pads can be placed over a corn to isolate it and help prevent rubbing on the inside of your shoes. Custom orthotic inserts can help redistribute weight and pressure away from painful corns and calluses.
- Warm soaks and skin removal—Use warm, soapy water and soak your feet to help soften skin. You can then use a file or emery board to gently rub away the dead skin. Carefully dry your feet and apply moisturizing cream to speed the smoothing process.
For thick and brittle calluses, heel fissures, and corns that become inflamed or infected, surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing complications with difficult corns and calluses, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Plantar warts grow in the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot and frequently occur in the heel or ball area. The pressure from walking on your foot can cause warts to grow inward and be hidden under a thick layer of skin which makes them very hard to identify and treat.
Plantar warts can be mistaken for other skin problems including cancerous lesions, which is why you should have them checked out by your foot doctor to get the correct diagnosis.
Treatment methods for plantar warts include:
- Cryotherapy—Your foot doctor applies liquid nitrogen to the wart to freeze the skin so the wart breaks off in large pieces. This treatment can be combined with chemical peeling to completely eradicate the wart.
- Antiviral medication—HPV(human papillomavirus) is actually the cause of these warts, and killing the virus with medication can be an excellent way to prevent warts, but there are possible side effects that you should discuss with your foot doctor.
- Chemical peel—Acid is used to gradually peel away layers of the wart. Home treatment kits for this purpose are available, but to get the full strength version you need a prescription from your podiatrist.
You can help prevent getting plantar warts by practicing good hygiene. Keep your feet clean and dry and always wear shower shoes or sandals in public areas like locker rooms and showers to help minimize your contact with the human papillomavirus.
If you are experiencing complications with plantar warts, see your podiatrist for the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!