Skin Care and Toenail FAQs
When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.
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What does psoriasis treatment include?
There are many different conditions that can affect the health of the skin on your feet, including psoriasis. This is a common skin condition that affects the life cycle of skin cells. More specifically, it causes skin cells to build up a rapid rate, which leads to scaling and itchy, red patches that can be painful.
Psoriasis treatment is centered on stopping skin cells from growing so quickly—the cause of inflammation and plaque formation—and smoothing skin by removing scales.
Home care for psoriasis entails a combination of daily bathing, moisturizing, and getting the right amount of sunlight. It is important to do these in the correct way, so be sure to consult our office for specific tips.
Professional treatment for psoriasis can include topical medications, ultraviolet light therapy, and oral or injected medications. The specific treatment, or combination of treatments, will depend on your condition and situation.
For additional information on psoriasis, or any other foot or ankle condition you are experiencing, contact Richardson Podiatry Center. We provide professional treatment for a wide range of lower limb issues. Call us at (972) 690-5374 and one of our staff members will be glad to assist you. Even better, take a moment right now and fill out our online form to connect with us.
How can I prevent athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that is often treated rather effectively with the use of over-the-counter sprays and powders, but it is better to avoid the condition in the first place. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to prevent athlete’s foot.
The first is to keep your feet dry. This means taking measures like ensuring that your feet are completely dry before putting on socks, and wearing shoes that are constructed from breathable materials. Feet sweat a lot during the course of the day, so moisture-wicking socks is another tool that can help you reduce your risk of this fungal infection.
Many cases are contracted when walking in warm, damp environments. The fungus responsible for athlete’s foot thrives in such places, so be sure to protect your feet by wearing sandals or shower shoes when walking in gym locker rooms, showering areas, and on indoor pool decks.
For more information, give Richardson Podiatry Associates a call at (972) 690-5374. If you or any of your loved ones needs foot or ankle care, even for a stubborn fungal infection that won’t go away with home care, schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX foot doctor office.
Why is my toenail turning black?
Some of the more common causes of a toenail turning black are centered on physical trauma. When a toe experiences trauma, either through repetitive motion or a single event, the nailbed can become bruised or blood can begin to pool between the nail and its bed (which is known as a subungual hematoma). Black toenails are frequently experienced by runners who train long distances.
Darkened nails could also be an indication of a fungal infection. In rare cases, the dark coloration is the indication of malignant melanoma. Although this is not common, it can be quite serious, and is a good reason to always have discolored nails evaluated.
Most subungual hematomas do not require much with regard to treatment. However, the condition can cause discomfort, so you may want to have the pool of blood safely drained. We can perform any care you need here at our Richardson, TX foot doctor office. Call Richardson Podiatry Associates at (972) 690-5374 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Are there home remedies for smelly feet?
If you have a condition that is causing unpleasant foot odor, you will be pleased to learn that there are a variety of home remedies for smelly feet. Further, there are various methods you can use at home to make your shoes smell fresher, too.
Some items and mixtures you can use to fight odor on your feet include the following: good old soap and water, deodorants, rubbing alcohol, green tea, lavender oil, Epsom salts, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar.
To freshen up a pair of shoes, you can try using dryer sheets, rubbing alcohol, cat litter, or even simply washing them and letting them dry completely.
If you find that home remedies are not helping to take care of your foot odor problem, then you can try over-the-counter products obtained from the store or pharmacy. Of course, Richardson Podiatry Associates is also here to help. We can determine if you have a special condition causing the problem, and prescribe stronger medications for stubborn cases of smelly feet. Contact our Richardson, TX office today by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to schedule an appointment with us.
What causes psoriasis?
At this time, the actual cause of psoriasis isn’t entirely clear, but the condition is widely thought to be an immune system problem targeting T cells in the body. T cells are white blood cells that fight off foreign substances and protect the body from bacteria and viruses. With psoriasis, T cell begin attacking healthy skin cells by mistake, almost as if they are trying to fight an infection or heal a wound.
While what causes psoriasis isn’t exactly known, there are certain triggers that can worsen the condition, including stress, cold weather, smoking, injury to the skin (bug bites, sunburn, cuts, scrapes), infections, heavy alcohol consumption, and even certain medications.
Regardless as to how you or your loved one developed a case of psoriasis, Richardson Podiatry Associates is ready to help. Call us at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form and schedule your appointment with our Richardson, TX office. We will provide the effective care and treatment that you need, so contact us today.
What is the difference between a corn and a callus?
Corns and calluses are similar skin issues—both are thickened patches of skin that have developed for protective purposes—but they have unique distinctions. Specifically, they often vary in their appearance and where they can be found.
A corn is raised, often in a conical shape, and has a center that differs in consistency—either harder or softer—than the surrounding skin. They are frequently located in areas that do not bear weight, like between toes and on the tops of feet. Calluses are flat and typically found on weight-bearing areas.
Both of these skin patches are generally harmless, but they can pose a risk to those who live with diabetes. Either can ultimately turn into a foot ulcer, and that becomes a dangerous situation for a diabetic individual. If you find either of these conditions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Reister so he can provide the proper treatment to keep you safe.
No matter which of these skin problems is causing you issues, Richardson Podiatry Associates will handle the situation in an effective, caring manner. Our Richardson, TX office is here for all of your foot and ankle needs, so schedule your appointment online or call us today at (972) 690-5374.
Are warts contagious?
Yes, warts are contagious. These unsightly growths are typically harmless and will ultimately go away on their own, but they can easily be passed along from person to person. There are a couple of ways in which this happens and it is important to know them so you can stay wart-free or prevent infecting someone else.
Warts are caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be contracted when certain strains of HPV enter your body. Given that viruses are microscopic organisms, it only takes a tiny cut, scrape, or abrasion to provide an entrance. In addition to contracting HPV directly—often in warm, damp environments—touching someone else’s wart can cause one to form on your own body.
As we said, these viral growths will go away in time, but keep in mind that this might take up to a couple of years. If you have one and would like to remove the wart in a safe manner by a skilled professional, then contact Richardson Podiatry Associates today. Either call our office at (972) 690-5374 or simply use our online form to make your request.
What is a skin lesion?
There are many varieties of skin lesions, but we generally mean “an abnormal change in tissue or organ that results from injury or disease.” When people hear the word “lesion,” they are likely to think of a growth on the skin and this is reasonable. Skin is technically an organ, so an abnormal growth certainly meets the criteria.
Skin lesions are either benign (harmless) or malignant (harmful) in nature. The harmless versions include warts, calluses, corns, and foot ulcers. Malignant lesions are often cancerous.
The term “harmless” does have a major condition attached to it, however. Individuals who have diabetes need to consider any lesion—even one that seems harmless like a callus—to be serious. If you live with this condition, you need to be aware of anything out of the ordinary that happens to your body and seek immediate medical care.
Skin lesions can be serious business, especially if you live with diabetes. If you or a loved one has this condition and needs the best in diabetic foot care, Richardson Podiatry Associates is here for you. Contact our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request your appointment today.
What Types of Allergies Affect Your Feet?
Allergic reactions are responses by your body’s immune system to some sort of trigger. Many people are familiar with animal or food allergies, but do not realize that foot allergies exist until they begin to feel the symptoms of this particular problem.
Contact dermatitis of the feet occurs when direct contact is made with substances like detergents, certain fabrics, latex, solvents, or poisonous plants. These irritants can all invoke allergies of the skin and lead to reactions that are uncomfortable or even painful.
Angioedema is a skin disorder resulting in welts that are itchy and possibly painful. This condition is triggered by such substances as animal dander, insect bites, eggs, shellfish, berries, and pollen.
If you live in the Richardson, TX area and have itchy or painful welts on your feet, schedule an appointment with Richardson Podiatry Associates today by calling (972) 690-5374. Come in and let Dr. Gene Reister determine if you have foot allergies and provide the medical attention you need.
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How do I Check Spots for Skin Cancer?
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and it can spread quickly, making it imperative to be caught and treated as early as possible. Knowing the warning signs and how to check for skin cancer is your best form of protection.
First, make a point to do a whole body examination at least once a month, more often if your doctor recommends so. If you are unable to look at certain areas, enlist a friend or family member to help. It is not often that people take the time to examine their feet. For this reason, when melanoma is found on feet it is often at an aggressive stage. Keep in mind the ABCDE’s of melanoma: Asymmetry (one half looks different), Borders (irregular or scalloped), Color (has different shades), Diameter (greater than the size of a pencil eraser), and Evolving (the spot looks different or is changing).
If you have any questions or concerns about a spot on your skin, do not wait to seek diagnosis and treatment. Contact Richardson Podiatry Associates to make an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister. You can reach our Richardson, TX, office by calling (972) 690-5374.
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