The trifecta of foot conditions! The skin and nails on your feet are often reservoirs for numerous types of fungus, yeast, and mold. Warts, on the other hand, are caused by a virus that spreads to the feet. For an individual who spends time walking on a regular basis, the skin, nails, & warts of the feet can cause serious concerns.
When it comes to the skin of your feet, calluses and fungal infections are the most common issues. A callus is simply a thickened portion of skin on the foot that is caused by pressure or repeated rubbing, such as that of a shoe or sock. The rubbing will produce a layer of protective skin. Calluses can vary in size and may become quite painful if not treated promptly.
Fungi are another issue altogether. Athlete’s Foot is the most common type of fungus. It causes peeling, redness, itching, burning and, on occasion, sores. Various medications and treatment options are available to prevent such fungal infections.
Fungi and infections are most prevalent with those who spend their time on their feet all day. Nail fungus tends to grow underneath the toenail and often begins as an infection of the skin, such as Athlete’s Foot. The fungus underneath the nail will cause the nail itself to change in appearance; it will become discolored, thickened, or otherwise deformed.
An ingrown nail is another possibility. This is a common condition often seen on the big toenail of each foot. Ingrown nails are caused by pressure against the growth of the nail edge, leading the nail itself to bend into the surrounding skin. It can be painful and, if not cared for promptly, may become infected.
A Plantar Wart is a type of growth on the skin that develops due to a virus. Warts can develop anywhere on the foot, but the most common place is along the bottom, known as the plantar side. These are commonly hidden but can vary in size and become painful if not treated.
If you would like more information about treatment for skin, nails, & warts, contact the team at Premier Podiatry today!