Skin Care = Foot Care = Self Care

We often think of dermatology as being concerned solely with the face or the pores, but the truth is that it encompasses the entirety of the skin, including the often-ignored skin of our feet. Your feet are constantly exposed to pressure, friction, and environments that are conducive to infection, so a podiatrist needs to know how to handle all kinds of skin care issues.

Batavia Foot Care Center delivers comprehensive foot care just for you, and we take the “comprehensive” part seriously! That’s why this blog is all about the connection between your feet and the health of your skin. Below, we’ll break down the most common complications and then cover how a DPM can step in to help.

Skin Care Complications That Affect Your Feet

  • Dry, Cracked Heels: Often caused by cold weather, frequent showering, or certain medical conditions, they’re a serious concern for diabetics in particular. Podiatrists can recommend moisturizers, exfoliants, and lifestyle changes.
  • Athlete’s Foot: This fungal infection thrives in warm, moist environments. Treatment typically involves topical antifungal medications, keeping feet dry, and breathable footwear.
  • Plantar Warts: These contagious viral growths can be treated with various methods, including cryotherapy (freezing), topical medications, and SWIFT Microwave Therapy.
  • Fungal Toenail Infections: These typically require antifungal medications, either topical or oral, depending on the severity. Our team often uses Tocylen, a cream that can eliminate fungi while also boosting the health and appearance of the afflicted area.
  • Psoriasis and Eczema: Both chronic conditions can affect the feet, causing redness, inflammation, and itchiness. Podiatrists can prescribe medications and recommend lifestyle changes to manage these conditions.

Prevention is Key

The right choices can help prevent many common foot-related skin problems altogether. Remember to:

  • Moisturize your feet daily.
  • Wear well-fitting, breathable shoes.
  • Change your socks regularly.
  • Dry your feet thoroughly after showering.
  • Inspect your feet regularly for any changes.

We hope the tips and information above help you stop skin problems early. And if you’re in need of guidance, we’re here to help! 

You can always count on Batavia Foot Care Center to care for your feet using a full range of therapies and treatment options. Dr. Dawn K. Dryden and Dr. Courtney M. Foote serve patients of all ages in Batavia, New York. Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!