Changes of the Foot: What Could be the Cause?
We have been told that the sun has got his hat on and will be making an appearance this week which is great news and this is just one thing such as sun spots that can lead to skin changes and these are usually coffee coloured and completely harmless.
However… when it comes to other skin changes on the feet and ankles this usually indicates that something is not quite right and instead of ignoring it hoping it will just go away? The longer we leave something the harder is becomes to treat.
Many skin diseases of the feet are great mimickers. This means they can superficially to an untrained eye look very similar but in reality the infecting organism/ causative issues and treatments are very different.
Trauma, infection, bite, foreign body, a lurking scabies or even simple bearing weight on the feet such as pinch callosities can cause changes on the skin of the feet.
Here are a few causes of skin changes to our feet
- Tinea pedis: Tinea pedis is a fungal infection it can include peeling itchy skin and can present in a number of ways.
- Hypothyroidism: The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating the body’s metabolism and when it is not functioning properly, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, including coarse, rough, dry skin particularly on the feet.
- Eczema: Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can affect the feet causing redness, itching, dryness and sometimes blisters.
- Diabetic foot ulcer: It is a wound or a sore in the foot and its main cause is diabetic neuropathy. If you have diabetes if your blood sugar levels are too low veins weaken making it easier for skin wounds to develop.
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS): EDS is a connective tissue disorder which amongst other issues also affects the skin. EDS can be associated with fragile skin and easy bruising which can affect the feet. Minor traumas or repetitive pressure may lead to bruises or wounds that heal slowly.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): RA is a chronic autoimmune disease. The inflammation associated with RA can lead to dry, flaky skin, rashes, ulcers and discoloration.
Tips for a healthy skin in our feet
Caring for your feet is essential for maintaining overall foot health and preventing common foot problems. Here are some tips for taking care of your skin on the feet:
- Regular washing: Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. Make sure to thoroughly clean between your toes and dry your feet completely afterward.
- Moisturize: Apply a moisturizing lotion or cream to your feet, especially the heels and other dry areas to prevent dry, cracked skin.
- Wear comfortable shoes: Choose footwear that provides good support and fits properly. Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose, as they can cause friction and blisters.
- Avoid walking barefoot: Walking barefoot, especially on rough surfaces, can lead to calluses and other foot problems. Wear supportive footwear even at home.
Paying attention to any persistent changes in the feet and ankles such as foot mole changes for instance it is best to consult a healthcare professional / your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Are you suffering from any foot condition? At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help. One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track.
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000.
We hope you have a feetastic day!
-The Chelsea Clinic and Team