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Skin Conditions that Affect the Feet

Skin disorders affecting the feet are extremely common. They are usually the result of neglect, ordinary wear and tear, or ill-fitting shoes. They include corns, calluses, bunions, blisters, mallet toes, hammertoes, claws, and toenail fungus. However, the most common condition affecting the skin on the feet is athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s Foot (Foot Fungus)

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection often caused by walking barefoot in public showers and locker rooms. It is primarily seen in athletes, which explains the name. The fungus is contagious, spreads easily, and can be difficult to cure. It is especially hard to get rid of for those suffering from conditions that weaken the immune system. If you have dry, extremely itchy skin on the bottom or your foot or between your toes, you might have foot fungus.

Dry Cracked Skin

Most skin relies on oil-producing glands (sebaceous glands) as a source of moisture. However, the skin on the feet relies on sweat glands (apocrine and eccrine glands) for moisture. This makes the skin on your feet more prone to dryness. Excessively hot showers or baths, using non-moisturizing soaps, skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, cold weather, low humidity levels, and standing for long periods of time can all contribute to the skin on your feet becoming dry and cracked.

Itchy, Red Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body and suffers from various afflictions – the most common being irritation and itchiness. Causes of itchy red skin can range from dry skin or allergic contact dermatitis to athlete’s foot.

The diagnosis will depend on whether the redness is itchy or sore, hot to the touch or swollen, blotchy or unified, and if there are other accompanying symptoms. Although extremely rare, some of these conditions are serious or indicative of a serious underlying condition. All diagnoses should be made by a qualified podiatrist or other medical professional.

Corns and Calluses

Calluses and corns are common localized skin lesions which consist of thickened, hard skin. A callus (tyloma) is painless. A corn (clavus, heloma) is painful and inflamed. A ‘soft corn’ (heloma mole) is a corn that has a damp, peeling surface. These are found in places such as between toes where they are squashed together.

Foot Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease characterized by a rapid proliferation of skin cells. Psoriasis can affect any part of the body including the feet. Skin cells can build up on the feet and form painful white or silver, dry, itchy, painful patches called scales or plaques. Unlike athlete’s foot, psoriasis is a genetic condition and it is not contagious.

Toenail Psoriasis

Toenail psoriasis is a genetically inherited autoimmune disease that causes the overproduction of cells and thickening of tissue, just as psoriasis that affects the skin. It is not as common as fingernail psoriasis and thickening of the toenails is often caused by a fungal infection rather than psoriasis. However, it cannot be ruled out as a cause of toenail thickening and pain without a diagnosis from a podiatrist or other medical professional.

Visit a Qualified Foot Doctor Near Bolingbrook

If you recognize any of these skin conditions, we recommend making an appointment with an experienced foot doctor near Bolingbrook from Suburban Foot & Ankle Associates. Most skin conditions are easily treatable; however, it is a good idea to have a qualified podiatrist diagnose your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association