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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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Do your feet itch? Are there unsightly lesions, or embarrassing warts that you try to hide?  Help with common skin conditions of the feet is just around the corner.  Seek treatment today to ensure a healthy foundation in the future. Dr. Pinsker has extensive experience helping patients with a myriad of skin problems. Some of the more common ones we treat regularly at our office in Washington, PA include:

Athlete’s Foot

This common skin disease is caused by a fungus, which is often picked up in warm, moist environments such as pools, public showers and locker rooms. The warmth and moisture in shoes then creates a secondary environment that encourages fungal growth. If you are noticing redness, itching, and dryness or scaling on your feet, it may be due to the development of athlete’s foot. This infection can lead to blistering and spread to your toenails if treatment is not sought in a timely manner. Call our office for an appointment at the onset of symptoms.

Blisters

A blister is a lesion under your skin that develops in response to friction. Risk factors include wearing shoes that are too small, too tight, and running regularly. Moisture and heat in your shoes, an allergic reaction, or a burn can also lead to a blister. Allow Dr. Pinsker to treat a more severe blister, especially if you have poor circulation or an underlying condition such as diabetes.

Corns & Calluses

These are both very common foot problems treated at our office. They are typically caused by tight footwear, toe and bone deformities such as bunions and hammertoes, or a biomechanical or gait abnormality. A callus is common under the ball of the foot or the heel and is essentially a hardened patch of skin that has developed due to repeated pressure or friction. A corn is a smaller, thicker patch of skin on a focused area, often on toes. Hard corns form on the tops of toes and soft corns in between toes. If you have had a long-lasting corn, call our office for effective treatment.

Cysts

A cyst is a fluid-filled sac under the skin of the foot or near a tendon or joint. The most common type found in the foot is a Ganglion cyst. We have various options for treating cysts. Make an appointment with Dr. Pinsker if you have any of the symptoms mentioned.

Foot odor

A foot odor problem typically stems from sweaty feet. You have roughly 3,000 sweat glands per square inch on your feet, and when sweat mixes with the bacteria in your shoes and socks--odor is a common result. Smelly feet can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but there are several treatment options and preventative measures that we can use to help. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment for treatment that will get rid of this problem for good.

Lesions

A lesion is really any change in the color or the texture of your skin. Most of the time they are harmless, but it is important to keep an eye out for changes over time.  A particular one that can happen on the foot is a cancerous lesion called malignant melanoma. This condition is often very serious in nature, as many people do not notice the changing spots until the disease is well advanced. It is good to observe the “better safe than sorry” rule when it comes to spots on your feet. Call our office immediately if you notice changes in color, size or shape.

Ulcers

An ulcer is a skin wound that is slow to heal and is particularly common among those with diabetes as poor circulation often hinders the healing process. The bottom of the foot is a common place for these to develop as callused skin can separate, fill with fluid and become infected, resulting in an open sore. This foot problem requires diligent and careful treatment (especially if you have poor circulation) to avoid serious complications. Start treatment as soon as possible if you notice a wound or injury is not healing in a timely manner.

Warts

The bottom of your foot is known as the plantar surface so warts that develop there are called plantar warts. A wart is a viral growth and is caused by direct contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV). It often resembles a callus but will be painful if squeezed and typically has tiny black dots on the surface. A wart can grow deep into the skin and over time can grow larger and spread if not treated. For fast relief, contact Dr. Pinsker for treatment options.

Other common skin conditions that affect the feet include:

If you have any questions about a skin condition or problem, don’t hesitate to call our office for diagnosis and treatment. Like most conditions, skin problems tend to worsen over time. Make an appointment with Dr. Philip Pinsker by calling (724) 225-7410 or directly from our homepage