If you discover calluses, rashes and/or dark spots that somehow “appear out of nowhere”, they can be signs of trouble. One cause could be allergic dermatitis, that cause can sometimes be as simple as a new pet or a new laundry detergent that is causing irritation to your skin. In other cases, it could evidence of a more serious skin condition.
Other common skin conditions are eczema, which is a general term when the skin is inflamed or irritated, psoriasis, this produces thick red plaques covered with silvery scales. If you notice extreme dryness that does not go away no matter what lotions you use, it can be a sign of xerosis. If you are a young and active individual and lately have been experiencing red, flaky and itching feet, it can be tinea pedis otherwise known as “athlete’s foot”. Several serious skin conditions that should be taken seriously if noticed are actinic keratosis, which are patches that can appear pink or red on sun exposed areas of the skin. These lesions can develop into the most common form of pre-cancer.
If you are worried about possible cancerous lesions, remember the ABCDE’s of melanoma. A –asymmetry, B – borders are irregular or mishapen, C – color, brown, black, red, white, or blue, D – diameter is usually larger than a pencil eraser, E – elevation, in appearance the lesion on your skin in question is raised or is higher, “feels like a bump”. The "ABCDE rule" is an easy guide to the usual signs of melanoma.
However, if you have or are experiencing any itching or tingling in your foot as a diabetic, but do not have any skin conditions visible it could be a sign of nerve damage called diabetic neuropathy. This is a very common condition affecting a lot of uncontrolled diabetics. Neuropathy can be extremely painful and if ignored can lead to ulcerations that require surgical amputation.
If you have noticed anything off about the skin in your feet or legs, please give us a call at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of melanoma detection, the most effective treatment is consistent monitoring of symptoms and characteristics of the lesion. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.