Eczema is a general term that includes many conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. The symptoms of eczema vary, but generally appear as dry, red, extremely itchy patches of skin. Small blisters may sometimes form.
Eczema can occur on any part of the body including the foot. It occurs in both children and adults and is not contagious. There is no known cause for eczema, but it often affects people with a family history of allergies.
Although there is no cure for this disease, treatments make it very manageable. The most helpful treatment is to prevent scratching. Cold compresses can be applied to help reduce itching. Lotions and creams are often used to help keep the skin as moist as possible. Corticosteroid creams can also be used to help reduce inflammation. The first step in effective treatment of eczema is a correct diagnosis. After examination and diagnosis, a foot and ankle surgeon can recommend the best treatment for you or your child.
Skin & Nail Issues
Athlete's foot and fungal nails are the most common fungal problems with feet.
Many people don't realize they have a fungal nail problem and, therefore, don't seek treatment. Yet, fungal toenail infections are a common foot health problem and can persist for years without ever causing pain. The disease, characterized by a change in a toenail's color, is often considered nothing more than a mere blemish. Left untreated, however, it can present serious problems.
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Ingrown toenails occur when the corners or sides of the toenail dig into the skin, often causing infection. Also known as onychocryptosis, ingrown toenails, start out hard,swollen, and tender. Left untreated, they may become sore, red, and infected and the skin may start to grow over the ingrown toenail. They are usually caused by trimming toenails too short, particularly on the sides of the big toes, and may also be caused by shoe pressure (from shoes that are too tight or short), injury, fungus infection, heredity, or poor foot structure. A common ailment, ingrown toenails can be painful. Click here for more information on ingrown toenails.
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