Skin Conditions 2017-05-25T06:19:40+00:00

Our Foot Specialists Treat Skin Conditions

As your preferred Toronto Foot Specialists, the skilled Chiropodists at The Foot Clinic are well versed in dealing with a variety of Skin Conditions. We’ve included information on this page regarding the types of Skin problems we treat. If you need more information, please contact us or Schedule your Appointment. We are pleased to accept new Patients and Emergencies. Keep in mind that a referral from your family Doctor is not necessary.

Common Skin Conditions we treat:

  • Allergic Contact Dermatitis.
  • Athlete’s Foot.
  • Calluses.
  • Corns.
  • Infections.
  • Ingrown Toenails.
  • Plantar Warts.
  • Xerosis.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

We encounter Allergens on a daily basis, some of which will cause a reaction to the Skin of our Feet in the Form of Rashes, Dry or Scaly Skin. This allergic Condition is called Allergic Contact Dermatitis. Common causes include:
  • Poison ivy.
  • Poison oak.
  • Sumac.
  • Dyes and chemicals found in Footwear.
The Foot Clinic in Toronto will help you find the cause and take steps to alleviate the Symptoms. If this is a new occurrence, it’s important to consider any new substances or plants you have encountered.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a highly contagious Fungal growth which is often found on the Feet. Fungus is easily contracted in public places such as Locker Rooms, Showers, Pools, Martial Arts studios, Gymnastics Clubs, Trampoline Clubs and damp environments. This Condition is most commonly found between the Toes but can be present anywhere on the Foot.
Symptoms include:
  • Itchy Red Rash (often starting between the fourth and fifth Toes).
  • Sensitive Skin.
  • White, peeling Skin.
  • Milky discharge between the Toes.
The Foot Clinic in Toronto stresses the importance of acting quickly as your Body can become vulnerable to other Bacterial infections. The infection may also spread to other parts of your Body. In severe cases, a Fungal Rash can develop that covers the entire Sole of your Foot known as Moccasin Foot. The Skin will be scaly, thick and rough. Call The Foot Clinic to find effective Treatments that will help you avoid or eliminate Painful Symptoms and reduce the exposure to others.

Calluses

Calluses are actually your Body’s way of protecting itself from repeated Pressure and Friction. However, these thick, protective patches of Skin can become problematic, Painful, Rough or Unsightly. Calluses can become rough and dry while resulting in Painful cracking of the Skin. There are a range of Treatment options available, including:
  • Moisturizing.
  • Avoiding Tight, Pointy or Restrictive Footwear.
  • Foot soaks.
  • Filing.
  • Pumice stones.
  • Medical Pedicures.
The Foot Clinic stresses the importance of the prevention of Calluses. We encourage the use of proper fitting Footwear. If you have severe or recurring problems, our skilled Toronto Chiropodists can get to the cause of the problem quickly and provide you a solution by painlessly removing your Calluses during an Office visit.

Corns

Much like Calluses, Corns form as your Body attempts to protect itself against Friction and Pressure. These are thick, hardened layers of Skin that are typically found on the tops or sides of your Toes. Corns are often unsightly, very tender to the touch and cause a great deal of Discomfort. Our Foot Specialists will find the source of the problem and provide a solution. Improperly fitting Shoes or poor Biomechanics can lead to this Condition. Keep in mind that Infections can occur through cracks of the Skin.

Foot Infections

Foot Infections are often problematic due to the amount of use your Feet get during a typical day. Unlike other parts of your Body, it’s difficult to give your Feet the necessary time to Heal. If you are dealing with an Infection, we stress the importance of being proactive. Your Feet are often subject to dirt and moisture, which can make the Infection worse. Our Toronto Chiropodists will determine a course of action based on the location, type and severity of your Infection.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenails may start as a minor nuisance but can become major problems if left untreated. This condition occurs when the right or left edge of your Toenail becomes embedded in the Sulci or Channels on either or both sides of your Toenail. Common Symptoms include Tenderness, Pain, Swelling, Redness and a Warm sensation in the affected area. If the Skin gets punctured by your Toenail, a Bacterial Infection may occur which may be Painful. We’ve found that some Patients are more inclined to suffer from Ingrown Toenails. Some patients are born with excessively curved Toenails which resemble a “Horseshoe” when observed from the end of your Toe. In addition, some Patients have Toenails which are wider than their actual Toe and this can also contribute to Ingrown Toenails. They can also result from improper Toenail cutting and repeated impact such as stubbing your Toe. Home Care is possible if no infection is present. Simply soaking your Foot to soften the Skin and then massaging the area may loosen the embedded Toenail and may provide some relief. If you have an Infection or would like Professional guidance on how to treat the problem, turn to the Professionals at The Foot Clinic. Whether you need Antibiotics or minor Outpatient treatment or Outpatient Surgery to remove the Ingrown Portion of your Toenail, we are here to help.

Plantar Warts

By definition, a Wart is a Benign Tumor. These Non-Cancerous growths are typically diagnosed by their appearance and often occur on the Sole, Heel or Ball of the Foot, but can also be found on or between your Toes. Plantar Warts are growths on your Feet and usually exhibit little black dots that indicate the Capillaries that supply Blood. This common Condition often occurs when the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) enters the Body through a cut or break in your Skin. The Virus may be present in damp communal areas such as locker rooms or showers. Common risk factors include:
  • Repeated exposure to HPV (Walking barefoot in damp, communal areas).
  • Weak or Immature Immune systems.
  • Often seen on Children or Adults participating in Barefoot activities such as Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming and Martial Arts, or showering / changing clothing in Public Places.
What may start as a small lump on your Foot can grow up to 1” in circumference or larger if not treated. A cluster of Warts may occur. If the Wart becomes Painful, it may cause a change in your Gait or Posture and may lead to Ankle, Knee, Leg or Back Pain. Before the situation gets worse, contact The Foot Clinic and find a solution.

Xerosis

By definition, Xerosis means Dry Skin. If you want to find relief for your severe Dry Skin, consult with one of our Professionals at The Foot Clinic.
Xerosis can be caused by the following Conditions:
  • Excessive bathing or showering.
  • Use of non-moisturizing soaps.
  • Excessive hot water when bathing.
  • Failure to moisturize with Cream or Lotions.
This common Condition is treatable with moisturizing Creams and Lotions. If your Skin becomes Itchy or Scaly, you may have Pruritus, which can also be treated with the proper Cream or Lotions. However, if the Condition lasts for over 2 weeks, you might have an Infection and should make an Appointment at The Foot Clinic in Toronto.