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Podiatric Skin Conditions

Many of the same dermatologic conditions that occur on different parts of the body can occur on your foot and ankle.  Often times they are missed due the fact that feet are covered with shoes and socks and sometimes neglected from exam.  The foot also has its own set of bacterial and fungal flora unique to its location due in part to them being in a dark, warm, moist environment most of the day.   Interdigital infections (in between the toes) involving bacteria and fungi are also common due to the close proximity of the toes to each other.

What are common skin conditions of the foot and ankle?

  • Fungal infections

  • Blisters (usually due to friction or deformity)

  • Calluses/ corns

  • Bacterial infections/ wounds

  • Skin cancers 

​What can I do at home?

  • Proper hygiene including washing in-between toes and keeping web spaces clean and dry

  • Frequent examination of toes and feet

When to make an appointment at Fulshear Foot and Ankle?

  • Redness, swelling or rashes

  • Notice of unexplained blood in sock

  • Painful hard lesions on your foot

  • If you notice and new abnormal appearing spots on the foot or ankle

How are skin conditions diagnosed?

  • Dr. Amin and Dr. Hurwitz always start by listening to your concerns and performing a thorough physical examination.  Occasionally skin biopsy may be required to get a definitive diagnosis.

How are skin conditons treated?

Treatment will vary based on the type of injury and the severity of your condition.  Treatment options may include:​

  • Topical creams and lotions

  • Sometimes oral antibiotics or anti fungal medications

  • Debridement (“cleaning”) of your wound

  • Excision/removal of lesion

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