The internal workings of your feet are extensive and intricate. Their inside functions are vital to the walking, running, jumping, and even standing that most people are accustomed to. However, the outside of your feet is just as important, yet often overlooked. The cold weather dries out your feet more than other months, so it is crucial that you know how to protect your feet.
A very common form of skin rash that usually occurs on the soles of your feet, or on the sides of your toes is Dyshidrotic Eczema. While not contagious, it makes for extremely itchy and uncomfortable skin, and occasionally infected and disfigured nails. Dyshidrosis is most often characterized by small, fluid-filled blisters and the associated symptoms can last for around three weeks. The itchiness will eventually pass, but without proper treatment, it is bound to reoccur in the future. The cracks and grooves caused by Dyshidrotic Eczema can become infected if not treated. This is especially dangerous for those with diabetes.
Don’t worry – you don’t have to lock up your children and stay indoors to protect yourselves from Dyshidrosis! There are steps you can take to reduce your risk. If your feet perspire frequently, give them ample opportunity to air out. Be sure to keep your feet properly moisturized with lotions. Also, avoid unnecessary exposure to particularly soapy water, and use mild soap and lukewarm water to wash your feet. Rinse and dry them thoroughly, and wear breathable, cotton socks.
If you have any sort of rash on your feet that doesn’t seem to be going away, contact the Abbott Foot and Ankle Clinic. We can offer you the consultation and treatment that you need to get your feet feeling normal again. Call us at (705) 444-9929 to set up an appointment with chiropodist Tony Abbott today!