It won’t be long until we are in the hottest time of year in Richardson, TX and this means sandals and open-toed shoes become the norm. When you expose more of your feet you may notice common (and some not-so-common) skin lesions. It’s important to know which you are experiencing and whether you need treatment.
A lesion is any skin damage sustained via injury or disease, which is broad category. Some that we see more often than others include:
- Wounds. When you sustain a cut on your foot, take immediate steps to properly care for it and prevent the risk of infection. If you are diabetic, you need to call and make the earliest possible appointment with our office for professional treatment.
- Corns and calluses. These common lesions are caused by friction and pressure, both of which your feet face on a frequent basis. You can identify them by the dead, hardened skin that comprises them. They can also be problematic for diabetic people.
- Warts. Just about everyone will experience the growth of a wart at some point in his or her life. They are caused by a common virus (HPV) and generally do not pose much risk to an otherwise healthy individual.
- Bone spurs. Your body has natural defense mechanisms and one of them is to build up bone tissue through calcium deposits at points of stress. It may produce a bony protrusion on the backside of your heel. Seek help if it is painful.
- Psoriasis. If you experience a build-up of dry, itchy red patches and silvery, thick scales, you may have this condition. It is chronic in nature and will be better or worse at various times. Medical treatments are available for this disease.
Melanoma is another important one to note, but it is not frequently seen. This is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. A major reason for this is the fact that malignant melanoma is not often discovered at an early stage, when treatment would be more effective.
No matter which symptoms of a lesion you observe on your feet, Richardson Podiatry Associates is ready to help you take care of it. Remember that early treatment is often the most effective, so contact us as soon as you notice anything that concerns you. Call us at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form and request an appointment today.