Skin Conditions that Affect the Foot

There are many different skin conditions that affect your feet. These will typically cause a rash or skin lesions on the feet in the form of an infection that is fungal, bacterial or viral. Simple irritation or allergic reactions are also a common cause of the rash. It is important to seek medical attention from your podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment of these skin conditions of the foot.

Plantar Warts – Warts can be small, singular lesions or large ones that cluster together. They are typically circular and occur on the soles or sides of the feet. These warts are often mistaken for a corn or callus because they can have a similar hardened appearance on the surface. The difference is that a virus causes warts, which can be more difficult to treat.

Bacterial Infections – The skin surrounding the toenails are among the most common areas for bacterial infections. An ingrown toenail often leads to a bacterial infection, especially if it is left untreated. Bacterial infections can also sometimes be mistaken for athlete’s foot because they have similar red or painful rashes. Certain bacterial infections can spread quickly and will require immediate attention from your podiatrist—especially when a wound is present.

Toenail Fungus – If you have toenail fungus, it is more common than you think. The typical signs of toenail fungus are thickening of the nail, discoloration, and changes in nail texture. An infection is likely to extend through the entire nail and affect the skin below it, which is why it can be difficult to clear up. To make matters worse, this type of infection is not just a cosmetic issue—it can lead to pain and susceptibility to bacterial infection.

To learn more about other skin conditions associated with your feet, contact your podiatrist today. With help from your podiatrist, you can find a successful treatment for your feet.