Texas Foot Doctor's Blog
Posts for: August, 2013
Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by faster-than-normal turnover of skin cells. Normally, new skin cells rise to the surface of the skin once a month; the old surface skin cells die and slough off while the new cells are moving to the surface. In people who have psoriasis, the new cells move to the surface so rapidly that the dead cells build up on the surface in dry, whitish-silver patches.
Some people have mild cases of psoriasis. Others have extensive cases that affect multiple parts of the body.
People with Psoriasis typically have areas of thick, reddened skin with dry, whitish-silver patches. The dry patches are called psoriatic plaques. The skin may feel itchy.
Psoriasis is most commonly found on the elbows, knees, and bottoms of the feet. It can also affect the fingernails, toenails, and joints of the body.
This appearance can mimic Athlete’s Foot! And it is often mistreated as such.
If you have Athlete’s Foot or Psoriasis on your feet, see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can also help determine the cause of reddened, itchy feet. (Again, Psoriasis can mimic severe Athlete's Foot or contact dermatitis.) If you have red, irritated feet that haven't responded to home or medical treatment, contact one of the Foot and Ankle Specialists at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists.
Do you have sweaty, smelly feet? This is actually due a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. When the feet sweat, the sweat interacts with normal bacteria on our feet causing foot odor. It has been shown that mosquitos are attracted to human body odors, including foot odor. Actually, in a recent study, researchers found that mosquitoes carrying malaria were three times more likely (than disease free mosquitoes) to be drawn to stinky human feet! So I guess stinky feet are good and bad thing! Bad if you’re at a backyard BBQ, but good for research! It seems that smelly feet may help create traps that target only malaria-containing mosquitos. This puts scientists one step closer to controlling malaria!
Did you know that the same fungus that causes toenail fungus is the same fungus that causes Athlete’s foot? If you have Athlete’s Foot that you can’t seem to get rid of, or keeps coming back even with treatment, it could mean you also have a nail fungus. If so, in order to treat Athlete’s Foot for good you must treat the toenail fungus also. Athlete’s Foot can range from looking like extreme dry skin to red, itchy blisters and sores. This kind of fungus can affect just the area between the toes, or the entire foot itself! Sometimes over the counter medications aren’t strong enough to take on this task. If you have stubborn Athlete’s Foot, nail fungus, or both, see one of the doctors at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists to see what treatment is right for you!
Fungus is everywhere. It is in the environment. It’s everywhere we walk! This makes it very easy to pick up a toenail fungus. Nail fungus can make the toenails thick and discolored. They can also become brittle and painful. Patients with nail fungus are often embarrassed of their fungal toenails, associating it with poor hygiene. This is rarely the case! Typically, people who suffer from nail fungus have had a pervious nail injury or trauma to the nail. Our skin and nails are our body’s defense to the environment. When we have some sort of injury to the nail, it then becomes vulnerable to its environment, i.e. fungus!! Nail fungus can be very difficult to treat. Since the toenails grow so slow, patients undergoing toenail fungus treatment have to have PATIENCE!! It can take 9 months to a year for your nails to clear. If you have a toenail fungus, contact one of the doctors at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists to get started on treatment now! By this time next year, you could have beautiful, clear nails!!