Athlete's Foot Scottsdale, AZ

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus that usually occurs between the toes. The fungus attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth.

Warm, damp areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi. Athlete’s Foot can spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails as well as other parts of the body, which is why timely treatment is so important.

Causes

  • Humid environment
  • Sweaty feet
  • Damp socks or tightfitting shoes
  • Contaminated floors, towels or clothing

Signs & Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Scaly rash
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Stinging and burning
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Ganglion Cyst Scottsdale, AZ

Ganglion Cyst

A ganglion cyst is a benign soft tissue mass that most commonly occurs along tendon sheaths and joint spaces. These cysts are typically round or oval and are filled with a jellylike fluid. They are often times asymptomatic but depending on the location can be painful if they press on nearby nerves or prevent joint movement.

Causes

  • Repetitive microtrauma
  • Bulging of tissue that surrounds a joint or a tendon

Signs & Symptoms

  • Fluctuant bump
  • Tingling or burning if pressing on a nerve
  • Dull or ache if in tendon or joint
  • Difficulty wearing shoes due to irritation
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Warts Scottsdale, AZ

Warts

A wart is a benign skin lesion caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. The virus enters your body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin. Warts can be found on non-pressure areas of the foot and ankle.

They also can appear on the weight bearing areas of your feet and are commonly referred to as plantar warts. Warts are often cosmetically unappealing and painful. They are easily mistaken for calluses so it it is important that they are evaluated by our podiatric physician.

Causes

  • Human Papilloma Virus
  • Walking barefoot around swimming pools
  • Walking barefoot around locker rooms

Signs & Symptoms

  • Fleshy rough lesion on foot
  • Hard callus from wart growing inward
  • Black pinpoints from clotted blood vessels
  • Pain or tenderness with walking
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Corns & Calluses Scottsdale, AZ

Corns & Calluses

A corn or callus is an area of hard thickened skin on the foot that develops when your skin tries to protect itself from high pressure or friction. Common areas for corns and callus are the ball of the foot and tips of toes.

There are soft calluses that can develop between toes secondary to pressure from bony prominences. If the underlying cause of pressure is not addressed the corn or callus will continue to develop even after debridement. It is important to seek professional advice before attempting to self-treat corns and calluses.

Causes

  • Friction from shoe gear
  • Pressure from bony prominence
  • Fat pad atrophy
  • High arched feet

Signs & Symptoms

  • A thick, rough area of skin
  • A hard raised bump
  • Flaky, dry or waxy skin
  • Tenderness or pain under skin
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Corns & Calluses Scottsdale, AZ

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels, also referred to as heel fissures, are a common foot condition, which can cause discomfort or even pain. They result from dry skin and are accompanied by thickened skin. Not only are they cosmetically unappealing, but they can cause pain, discomfort and infection if not treated.

Causes

  • Friction from external forces like shoes
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Systemic conditions, diabetes and hypothyroidism

Signs & Symptoms

  • Dry Skin and callus formation
  • Bleeding from deep cracks
  • Redness from infection
  • Pain with standing and walking
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