If you have a skin condition on your feet, such as warts or athlete’s foot, it’s important to have a trusted podiatrist provide the care you need. Scott Nelson, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist who can treat a broad range of skin conditions at Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, Texas. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nelson, call Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic or book a visit online now.

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What is a skin condition in podiatry?

Skin conditions of the feet can be uncomfortable, itchy, and even painful. Without treatment, certain skin conditions can interfere with your ability to walk or wear shoes comfortably.

At Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic, Dr. Nelson uses the latest diagnostic technology to determine the cause of your skin condition for accurate treatment.

What are the different types of skin conditions in podiatry?

There are many types of skin conditions that Dr. Nelson and the providers at Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic treat, including:

Plantar warts

A plantar wart is a grainy bump or growth that develops on the bottom of the feet. Unlike warts on the hands, knees, or elbows, plantar warts often hide underneath a thick layer of callused skin. They can be difficult to identify without professional care, especially if you have a small wart. In addition, these warts can cause pain when standing or walking.

Corns and calluses

Corns and calluses are rough collections of skin that form in areas where your feet experience friction.

Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that often affects the skin between the toes, particularly between the third and fourth toes. The condition causes redness, itchiness, and peeling of the skin. Without early intervention, athlete’s foot can become painful.

Diabetic foot wound

Individuals with diabetes commonly develop slow-healing sores called diabetic foot wounds. These wounds develop because diabetes interferes with the body’s natural healing process. As the open sore grows, it becomes vulnerable to infection and tissue damage. Treating a diabetic foot wound early can help prevent serious complications, including amputation.

How is a skin condition diagnosed?

Diagnosing a skin condition requires a complete physical exam of your feet, as well as a review of your medical history. If your condition isn’t apparent during a visual inspection, your provider may take a tissue sample for testing, order blood work, or even recommend imaging tests to determine the extent of the damage.

What are the treatments for skin conditions in podiatry?

At Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic, Dr. Nelson tailors your treatment to your specific needs. Common treatments for skin conditions in podiatry include:

  • Laser treatment
  • Topical ointments or solutions
  • Oral medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Orthotics
  • Surgery

To learn more about skin conditions, call Foot & Ankle Medical Clinic or schedule an appointment online now.