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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that can appear on the legs and feet, as well as other body parts. It is a chronic disease of the immune system wherein new skin cells surface too rapidly, causing inflamed, flaky, thick patches of skin buildup. Psoriasis is characterized by the appearance of thickened skin patches with white, […]

Lesions

A skin lesion is a variation on the skin’s surface, where the affected area is a different color or texture from the surrounding skin. Skin lesions can appear on any part of the body, including the legs and feet, and may be present at birth or develop over time due to conditions such as acne, […]

Gangrene

Gangrene, or dead body tissue, occurs when blood flow and oxygen are cut off or severely restricted. Gangrene can result from bacterial infections deep frostbite, or open sores that do not heal properly. Those with weakened circulatory systems and nerve damage, such as diabetics, are more prone to foot gangrene. Gangrene is characterized by acute, […]