Burning Feet

At the end of a long day, especially one with a lot of standing and walking, it is not uncommon for the feet to feel tired, ache, and burn. This condition of burning feet can become more common after the age of 50. However, if burning feet turns into a chronic and recurring experience, it […]

Blisters

Blisters are fluid-filled bubbles that form on the skin of the foot or other parts of the body due to friction or a burn. On the foot, they commonly occur on the heel and toes, areas subjected to friction and rubbing against footwear. Most blisters are filled with clear fluid and do not usually require […]

Calluses

Calluses, or thickened skin, result from on-going friction or pressure on a particular area of skin. On the foot, calluses (hyperkeratosis) commonly occur on areas subjected to pressure and impact: the heels, balls of the foot, and the big toe. Calluses cause irritation and pain as the thickened skin continues to be exposed to pressure […]

Foot Odor and Sweaty Feet

Since the feet have over 250,000 sweat glands, problems with foot odor are quite common. The condition of smelly feet can arise from sweaty feet due to the accumulation of bacteria that feed off of the sweat. Since feet sweat are prone to sweating, shoes and socks are a dark, damp environment that serve as […]

Corns

Corns form on the toes due to friction or pressure from rubbing against footwear or even other toes. The friction and pressure thickens the skin and inflames underlying tissue. Corns can be soft; these are open sores between the toes. Hard corns develop on top of the toes or on the outside of the little […]

Common Fungal Problems

Fungal problems can develop on the feet in areas such as between the toes, on the sole of the foot, and on the toenails. Since the feet are frequently exposed to moisture due to sweating and wet weather conditions, fungal infections are common. Fungi flourish in warm, dark, and moist environments, making the feet the […]

Warts

Warts are caused by a virus that penetrates the skin, forming a raised, fleshy bump. They can crop up on any part of the skin, including the feet. Some warts go away on their own without treatment; others recur, grow in size, or spread to form clusters of warts. In general, warts are not harmful […]

Ulcers

Ulcers are persistent wounds or sores that do not heal properly or become chronic. Ulcers on the feet occur mainly due to reduced nerve sensation, poor circulation, vein dysfunction, and constant pressure to a particular spot. Diabetics are prone to foot ulcers. Ulcers may or may not cause pain and can be accompanied by swelling, […]

Swelling

Edema is the swelling of one or both feet, ankles, and/ or legs due to fluid accumulation. It can occur as a result of various medical conditions and is fairly common, particularly in the elderly who may suffer from weakened circulatory systems or diseases. In some cases, the swelling can indicate a serious medical problem […]

Skin Allergies

Skin allergies occur when the skin becomes inflamed and irritated from exposure to or contact with a particular substance. The two types of contact dermatitis, or skin allergies, are irritant dermatitis, which is caused by a non-allergic reaction to an irritating substance, and allergic dermatitis, which is caused by an allergic reaction or sensitivity developing […]