FAQ - Skin Problems
What are the symptoms of dermatitis?
Dermatitis is a fairly common condition that has many forms and causes, typically resulting in inflammation of the skin. It usually is not contagious or life-threatening, but can be quite uncomfortable and even make you feel self-conscious. Symptoms of dermatitis include rashes, burning, stinging, and itching sensations. In severe cases, blisters may develop.
In many instances contact dermatitis is a matter of allergies. Atopic dermatitis (eczema), on the other hand, is a medical condition that can be identified by itchy, red rashes in areas where the body flexes, like behind the knees or the underside of toes. Eczema is marked by periods of flare-ups and improvement.
If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Aadvanced Foot Care Associates today. Our foot doctors will provide a professional diagnosis and treatment plan so you can avoid the discomfort and self-consciousness brought on by dermatitis. Contact us through our online form or call our Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, our Plainview office at (516) 822-9595, or our Flushing office at (718) 969-2266.
Do I need to see a foot doctor for a skin tear?
A skin tear occurs when the top layer of your skin gets separated from the underlying tissue. It happens more often in elderly people or the very young, whose skin is more fragile and thin. A bump or a fall, removing an adhesive bandage, or even routine care can cause a breakage in the skin. The severity of your injury will depend on when to see a doctor. If it is a minor irritation that isn’t bleeding, self-care with antibiotic cream and a bandage may be sufficient. If there is a skin flap, open tissue, bleeding, or it seems to happen quite often, it is best to consult our office. Those with diabetes should also be seen in cases of skin breakage. Our expert podiatrists will treat the wound, and make sure you have the right dressings and know how to remove them and reapply as needed while it heals. We can also give you tips to prevent future damage. For any injuries in your feet or legs that result in skin damage, give us a call at one of our three New York locations:
- Rego Park: (718) 896-4433 (main office)
- Plainview: (516) 822-9595 (main office)
- Flushing: (718) 969-2266
What is causing the Psoriasis on my feet?
Psoriasis occurs when your skin cells grow so rapidly that the dead ones collect on the surface as an itchy, red plaque with white scales. One form causes small blisters containing pus that can become quite painful. Causes of psoriasis on your feet include genetic factors (although only a small percentage of people with the genes actually get symptoms), smoking, injury, and stress. This is usually an adult condition, with women being more prone than men. Because you use your feet so much, it can affect your activities and be hard to treat. There are several things you can do to head off problems. If you smoke, stop. Wear foot protection made of natural fibers that won’t irritate your skin. Soak your feet a couple of times a day in warm water, and use petroleum jelly or a colloidal oatmeal cream or lotion to keep them moisturized. If this doesn’t stop the flare-ups, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York for treatments like special vitamin ointments or steroid creams, ultraviolet light therapy, or immune system medications. Reach us for an appointment in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, in Flushing at (718) 969-2266, and in Plainview at (516) 822-9595.
How do I treat my cracked heels?
A great home remedy to treat cracked heels is a mashed banana or a coconut/banana/avocado foot mask. Leave the paste on your dry heels for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it and use a pumice stone to slough off dead skin cells. A foot soak of a half cup of honey to two quarts of water can be used in the same way. A regular massage with coconut, almond, or vegetable oil will help keep the skin softer. Use a mixture of one part pure petroleum jelly and two parts lemon juice to apply to your heels before bed, and wear socks so it can work while you sleep. Wash off in the morning. To prevent cracks in your heels, avoid washing them with hot water and harsh soaps. Wear shoes that let your feet breathe, use a humidifier for dry air, and hold off on the alcohol and caffeine that can make feet feel itchy. This, along with frequent moisturizing, can head off most dry skin problems. If your case is severe, we can help. Call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, in Flushing at (718) 969-2266, and our Plainview location at (516) 822-9595 today.
How do I get rid of calluses?
Dry patches of skin usually develop on your feet because of friction from shoes, so to get rid of calluses, get rid of the irritation. If you wear shoes that fit well and don’t rub or pinch, your calluses will probably disappear on their own. Other causes can be dehydration or exposure to hot, dry air—or even hot water. Drink plenty of fluids, alternate sandal style shoes with closed shoes and socks, and shower or bathe in warm water, not hot. Try using a pumice stone or rough towel to scrape off dead skin and follow up with lotion after your shower or bath. Before bed, apply a thicker cream and cover up with a pair of cotton socks. Don’t put lotion between your toes or keep feet too moist for too long. For more tips or to make an appointment for expert care for severe calluses, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates at (718) 896-4433 in Rego Park, (516) 822-9595 in Plainview, or (718) 969-2266 in Flushing, NY.
What is the difference between a corn and a callus?
Both corns and calluses develop because of friction or pressure on your feet. The irritated area forms layers of hard, dry skin to protect itself. Corns are usually found on the top or sides of your toes, although soft corns may form between the toes. Corns are round, hard, slightly raised, and hurt when you put pressure on them. They have a central root that goes deep into the skin. The root usually lies next to a nerve, which becomes inflamed from the pressure. The root looks like an ice cream cone with a scoop of ice cream. It’s the ice cream you see on the surface of the skin. You have to scoop out the whole corn in order to get pain relief.
Calluses are larger patches of dry skin on the soles of your feet, especially on your heel, the ball of your foot, and—if you have a bunion—on the edge of your big toe. They are not usually painful, unless they crack or split, exposing the tender tissue underneath.
Never cut corns or calluses with anything sharp. You can try smoothing them with an emery board or pumice stone after your shower. If calluses or corns are causing discomfort, contact the experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, Flushing at (718) 969-2266, or Plainview at (516) 822-9595, and get your feet soft and healthy again.
Are my feet infected?
With a fungal infection in your toenails, however, those obvious symptoms may not be present. The infection is under the nail and may start out with just a small white spot. If it begins to spread, the nail may turn from shiny to dull, get dry and thick, and change color. It may also start to crumble or split and smell bad. Those are obvious clues that an infection caused by a fungus has set developed.
Nail fungus is much easier to treat if it is caught early, so it is best to contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates at the first sign of changes in your toenail. Call (718) 896-4433 to set up a consultation with our specialists and stop your fungal infection before it starts!
How do I care for blisters at home?
Small blisters that are unbroken will often heal by themselves. The first thing you should know is to never break the blister! It’s important to leave it alone, not matter how tempting puncturing it may be. Let the blister breathe, unless it is at risk of rubbing against your footwear. In that case, cover it with a loose bandage. Make sure the bandage isn’t actually touching the blister. If the painful skin problem is in an area where pressure is present try using a moleskin pad.
Large or broken blisters require a different treatment. They can easily become infected; so before you do anything, wash your hands. If it is necessary to drain a large blister, sterilize a needle with rubbing alcohol or soap then carefully puncture the edge. Once it is drained, pat it dry. Lastly, use an antibiotic cream or ointment, then cover it loosely with a bandage or gauze.
Is a blister making it unbearable to walk? Call us! Drs. Hal, Dan and Elvis regularly treat skin problems. We have over 100 years of foot care know how, so schedule an appointment today!
What is safe to put on a burn?
Contrary to an old wives’ tale, it is not a good idea to put butter on a burn—or other salves or creams either—until have your injury evaluated. The only exception might be a soothing aloe vera lotion for a minor sunburn.
You can treat a burn by running cool water over it for 10 – 20 minutes, or even longer if it is a chemical burn. For hot tar or plastic, flood the area with cool water until the pain stops, but don’t try to pry off the tar or plastic. Do not use ice, as this could damage the skin even further.
Then the only thing you should do is cover it with a clean dry cloth to keep germs away until you can get to the doctor. Never use adhesive bandages or fluffy dressings like cotton gauze which can stick to the skin.
If you get a burn on your feet, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates right away for prompt, expert care. You can reach us in Rego Park, NY at (718) 896-4433, in Plainview at (516) 822-9595, or in Flushing at (718) 969-2266.
What are the best ways to prevent blisters?
To prevent blisters, you need to know what’s causing them. Sometimes they form after contact with plants or chemical toxins, and sometimes from diseases, sun exposure, or burns. You can best avoid these types of blisters by learning safety measures for all your activities, limiting your exposure to the sun, and wearing protection on your feet. However, most blisters are due to friction and shear resulting from ill-fitting shoes, and for those we offer the following tips:
- Choose shoes that fit well and learn how to lace them properly
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your skin, or wear a thin sock liner under them
- Experiment with cushioned insoles to reduce pressure
- See us for custom orthotics to correct biomechanical issues
- Try antiperspirants, powders or lubricants to reduce friction
- Try taping or dressing the hotspot
- Have your gait, technique, and workout regimen analyzed for ways to reduce foot blisters
Our expert podiatrists can help you figure out why you are getting these fluid-filled skin bubbles so you can avoid the causes. Visit us at one of our three New York locations: Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Plainview (516) 822-9595, Flushing (718) 969-2266.
How do I prevent dry feet?
Preventing dry feet is simple, but it can involve multiple methods to maintain healthy moisture levels in your skin.
Wash your feet with moisturizing soaps in warm, but not hot, water. Apply a lotion, cream, or ointment after washing. If you’re prone to dry feet, lock in the moisture by putting on clean socks immediately afterwards. Use footwear that allows air to circulate around your feet.
If you can, avoid blasting hot air in your home, which sucks moisture from your skin, or use a humidifier to counteract dry heat. Even drinking plenty of water throughout the day so you don’t dehydrate can help improve skin health and prevent dry feet.
The key will be using the right mix of preventative measures that work for your individual lower limbs. If you’re having trouble with dry feet, let our specialists with Aadvanced Footcare Associates help you take care of your skin. You don’t have to live with dry, uncomfortable feet. Instead, contact our New York offices for a consultation to invest in your foot health.
What would cause a rash on my feet?
A rash on your feet could have many different causes. One of the most common sources is contact dermatitis. This is a skin reaction that develops when you touch something with your bare feet and your skin reacts to it. Your feet could react to chemicals in your shoes or laundry detergent, a poisonous plant, dyes in clothing, and so on. Sometimes rashes are caused by infections or preexisting problems, like athlete’s foot or psoriasis. Even rheumatoid arthritis can contribute to a rash.
Rashes highly treatable, especially if you know the cause. If you have mysterious rash on your foot and you’re not sure what may have caused it, get help from experts like our team at Aadvanced Footcare Associates. We’ll examine your lower limbs carefully and determine why your skin has reacted, then help you eliminate the issue. Don’t settle for the itching—contact our New York specialists today for more information or an appointment.