Skin Problems Of The Feet Treated in Corsicana TX
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Skin conditions are common concerns for people of all walks of life. These issues can range from being not painful, but cosmetically unpleasant to very painful and effecting individuals’ normal daily activities. It is significant to address the etiology and prevention of these skin issues as they can cause emotion impacts resulting in people feeling self-conscious.
Whether painful or not, your expert podiatrists in Corsicana, TX will help get these issues resolved for you. Though the majority of lower extremity skin concerns are not life-threatening, if not treated in a proper interval of time, they can worsen. Therefore, we would love to get your feet on the right path as soon as possible.
Common Skins Condition in the Foot & Ankle:
These lesions are cause by a virus called Human papilloma virus (HPV). Areas that harbor HPV are damped surfaces such as showers and swimming pools. The virus is not introduced into the body unless there is damage to the skin giving the virus a portal to enter. HPV can go undetected by the body’s natural defense system and not appear as a wart for up to a year. Though, a fraction of plantar warts clear spontaneously, other times they can linger and cause great discomfort. These lesions are usually raised with irregularly shaping and dark spots
This is a fungal skin infection on the sole of the foot and/or between the toes. When the fungus effects the bottom of the foot, it causes dry, cracked skin that itches and flakes. However, when the fungal infection is in the webspaces, it causes maceration (excess moisture) resulting in peeling of the skin with an odor. The fungus flourishes in warm, moist settings. People who tend to sweat a lot on their feet provide an ideal environment for the fungus to thrive. Therefore, it’s best to keep the feet as dry as possible. Also, people can encounter fungus in wet areas such as showers and swimming pools (like warts). Though this condition is not life-threatening, those cracks are openings within the skin that allows bacteria to enter the body and further infect the foot.
Classically known as Dermatitis or Eczema. This condition is cause by a hypersensitivity to a certain agent which creates skin inflammation and irritation. Symptoms included but not limited to redness, scaling with blisters, and itching. Possible causative agents are environmental surroundings (posion ivy, weather), direct contact (detergents, cement) and underlying illnesses. Certain systematic diseases can coexist with dermatitis including Asthma and Hay fever. Usually, once the causative agent is removed, the rash starts to improve. But in moderate to severe cases, topical and/or oral steroids are indicated. As this can lead to secondary bacterial and/or fungal infection, it is vital to treat these lesions in a timely fashion
This is when the nail curves in and compresses the sides of the toe causing pain and occasionally localized infection. There are variety of reasons ingrown toenails develop including genetic component, fungal toenail infection, microtrauma, ill-fitting shoe gear, bone spurs, and deep trimming of the toenails. Ingrown toenails should be address immediately to prevent bacterial infection. If people have recurrent ingrown toenails, our clinic have options to permanently keep that ingrown from coming back
These are thickening of the skin layers secondary to your body’s response to pressure and friction. There are multiple causes for callus formation on the feet. However, they are usually caused by foot deformities and/or ill-fitting shoe gear. Our clinics trim the callus to the appropriate depth and identify the culprit to the formation of this lesion. In the diabetic population, it is important to regularly have the callus(es) removed because when these patients have decreased sensation known as “neuropathy”, the callus can increase pressures to the foot and predispose these patients to ulcerations
These are open sores that can range from superficial to deep. Ulcers make individuals vulnerable to soft tissue and bone infection that if left untreated can result in amputations. The most common foot and ankle ulcerations are
Pressure ulcers: Usually an ulcer developed upon a boney prominence that is suffering from great external pressure, which causes injury to the soft tissue and decreases the amount oxygen to that tissue. The heel and outside of the ankle are the typically areas for concern with these ulcerations. It is important to offload the area to decrease pressures
- Arterial ulcers: Results from tissue ischemia (decrease in oxygen) by inadequate blood flow. These ulcers are suspect when there is a wound on a non-weightbearing area of the lower extremity such as the front of the ankle. People who endure these wounds usually have some coexisting cardiac issues. It is essential to get examined and take steps to increase blood flow as soon as possible
- Venous ulcers: Generally secondary to venous insufficiency, which is causes from veins unable to push the venous blood flow that is sending deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Therefore, the blood begins to “back up” in the system resulting in excessive pressure on the skin. The most common place to find these wounds are on the inside of the ankle due to the one of the biggest veins running along that area. Controlling the lower extremity swelling is the main goal for treating and preventing these ulcerations
- Neurotrophic ulcers: This is the most common ulcer due to its complexity. This is a combination of loss in sensation also known as “neuropathy”, boney prominence, and repetitive trauma to the skin due to pressure as well as friction. Diabetic patients usually suffer from these wounds and treatment including identifying the causative agents.
Management of ulcers is significantly important especially in the diabetic population. Our goal to treat the lower extremity ulcerations to prevent infection and amputation. Based on studies, over half of all lower extremity amputations are in diabetics, these patients are 20 times more likely to develop gangrene, and they are 30-40 times more likely to undergo a major amputation. Then after amputations, the 5- year survival rate is greatly decreased. Our physicians do not want any patient or their family to have to go through this. We provide absolute wound care and essential elements to help speed up the wound healing process
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Since 1999, Dr. Jeffrey Petty has provided 5 star podiatry care in Corsicana, TX. Dr. Fernando Cruz and Dr. Silpa Joy also see patients at the Corsicana location. We treat all foot problems and specialize in heel pain, ingrown toenails, fractures, and sprains. Treating patients in Navarro county and surrounding areas such as Ennis, Blooming Grove, Kerens, Mexia, and Fairfield. As the premier podiatry center in Corsicana, TX, our foot doctors and team will get you pain free and back to doing the things you love!