Foot Skin and Nail Care

Foot Skin and Nail Care

Foot Skin and Nail Care
Taking good care of your feet and toenails can ward off calluses, athletes foot and other problems. For people with diabetes, good foot care is particularly important. Wash and dry your feet daily with mild soap and warm water. Cut toenails straight across after bathing and pat feet thoroughly dry, then apply a soothing lotion. Wearing comfortable shoes and roomy socks made from natural fibers like cotton and wool will allow moisture to escape and help avoid athletes foot and calluses. So will using talcum powder and wearing sandals in public areas like locker rooms.

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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Walking with plantar warts can feel like walking with a pointy rock in your shoe. That's because these warts grow inward from your sole (the plantar surface of your foot).

    Several treatments are available for the elimination of plantar warts, but while you wait for the treatment to work, exercise like a mermaid: Do water aerobics. They'll give you a real workout without putting a load on your feet. So will doing floor moves, such as crunches and bicycles. You’ll break a sweat, but your feet won’t touch the floor.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Plantar warts are caused by a virus -- the human papillomavirus (HPV). This class of viruses causes many kinds of warts by stimulating cells in the top layer of skin to grow too rapidly. Plantar warts, which appear on the soles of the feet, are harmless, but they can be uncomfortable or painful.     
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    A , Podiatric Medicine, answered
    Symptoms of plantar warts include:
    • Fleshy, raised, well-defined boundaries (on top of foot)
    • Hard, flat, well-defined boundaries (on bottom of foot)
    • Dimpled or rough surface
    • Varying color; may be gray or brown on bottom of foot, flesh-colored or pale on top of foot
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    If your plantar warts are bothering you, there are several removal methods you can try at home. Covering the wart with duct tape for several days is inexpensive and many people claim it is effective. Many over-the-counter treatments, such as salicylic acid, are available at pharmacies; make sure to use only as directed. Some warts may require a trip to the doctor for removal. If you have diabetes, or a circulatory or cardiovascular disorder, see a doctor; do not try home treatment.
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    One favorite remedy for mild plantar warts involves duct tape. Cover the warts tightly with it for a week, then peel it off; the warts usually follow. There are also effective over-the-counter treatments, such as salicylic acid.

    If your warts aren't mild; you need to see a dermatologist, who has several weapons of wart destruction:
    • applying cantharidin, which creates a blister under the wart, allowing it to be snipped away
    • freezing off the wart (cryotherapy)
    • burning it off (electrosurgery)
    • scraping it off with a tiny scalpel
    • zapping it with a laser
    • treating it with a drug that prods your immune system to attack the wart virus
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    Plantar warts are warts that are caused by a viral infection and occur on the bottom of the foot. They can be very stubborn and do not usually respond well to over the counter treatments because the skin on the bottom of the foot is very thick and the medication doesn’t penetrate well.

     

    They sometimes resolve on their own, but they can require a prescription medication or surgical excision in some instances.

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    Many warts will go away by themselves within a couple of years, and do not require treatment. However, plantar warts are different from most other warts in that they are likely to cause pain because you are walking on them. If your plantar warts are causing pain, you may want to talk to your doctor about removal options.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Whether it’s a chronic problem or something that only happens where you wear a certain pair of shoes, all of us, at one time or another, have suffered from smelly feet. That’s because shoes and socks are warm, moist places in which bacteria can thrive. And when those bacteria make a meal of our sweat, they emit a foul-smelling waste that we know as foot odor.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    The five-step, low-tech solution you can follow to fight foot odor is:
    1. Wash your feet well. Don’t just let the water trickle down them; bend over and really scrub them with soap.
    2. Rotate your shoes, so that they have time to fully dry between wearing.
    3. Wear cotton socks.
    4. Coat your feet with an antibacterial gel.
    5. Soak them in a warm bath with Epsom salts for 15 minutes nightly for a week to kill germs. After that, two to three soaks a week should keep them in check.

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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Smelly feet can be inconvenient and embarrassing.

    The smell is usually caused by bacteria that break down the outer layer of skin on the feet. This releases chemicals that create the bad smell.

    Smelly feet often go along with excessive foot sweating. This condition is called "plantar hyperhidrosis". Sweat softens the skin and creates a moist, warm environment that the bacteria like.

    If your daughter has excessive sweating, have her:
    • Wear leather shoes and absorbent cotton socks
    • Avoid closed shoes, especially those made of plastic or rubber that don't let feet "breathe"
    • Wear sandals in summer if possible
    She can dust her feet with foot powder, but make sure the feet are dry first so the powder doesn't "cake". To minimize odor, she should continue to wash her feet and change her socks daily. After washing her feet, she must dry well between her toes. That's where the fungus lives that causes athlete's foot.

    See your doctor if the odor continues or if you see scaling and redness. Your doctor can prescribe a topical antibiotic for odor-causing bacteria and a topical antifungal cream for athlete's foot.