Our skin is the most accessible part of the body and often provides visible evidence of what is wrong inside. The most common skin problems seen by a podiatrist include contact dermatitis, warts and fungus.
Contact dermatitis is an irritating skin rash cause by a chemical coming in contact with the skin. The chemicals may be materials in shoes and socks. Removing the material from contact with the skin removes the problem.
Warts are often mistaken for corns or caluses, but they are growths cause by a virus that enters the skin through a break. Early diagnosis and professional treatment usually eliminates warts. Home treatment often is not effective and can result in greater damage.
“Athlete’s foot” is a common fungus that causes itching and irritation. A podiatrist treats this condition with oral and topical medication.