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Skin and Nail Conditions
The skin on the feet is susceptible to a variety of conditions due to the constant pressure and friction it experiences. Here are some of the common skin and nail conditions:
Athlete's Foot: A fungal infection that usually occurs in moist, warm areas between the toes causing itching, burning and peeling of the skin. It can also occur on the sole of the feet.
Plantar Warts: Caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), these usually appear on the soles of the feet and can be painful.
Calluses and Corns: Thickened areas of skin that develop due to repeated pressure or friction. Calluses usually develop on the ball of the feet and heels, while corns are often found on the toes.
Ingrown Toenails: Nails that grow into the skin of the toe causing pain, swelling and infection.
Fungal nail infections: A condition where the nail becomes discoloured, thickened and brittle due to the fungal infection.
Blisters: Fluid-filled sacs that form on the skin due to friction or irritation.
Dry Skin: A common condition where the skin on the feet becomes dry and flaky due to inadequate moisture.
Psoriasis: A chronic skin condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin.
Proper foot hygiene practices, including regular washing and drying of the feet, along with proper-fitting shoes, can help prevent the development of these conditions. If you are experiencing any of theses skin or nail conditions the podiatrists at Toorak Village Podiatry can help you with a professional diagnosis and appropriate management.