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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 12, 2018
Category: skin conditions

Life can be hard when you are living with an autoimmune disease, especially if that autoimmune disease begins to mess with the health of the skin on your feet. When the skin on our feet starts to suffer, it can affect us greatly as it rubs and moves, causing a constant irritation. One type of autoimmune disease that can affect the skin of the feet is known as psoriasis.

Psoriasis causes skin lesions that range from mild patches and scaling to extreme and extensive red, scaling plaques on the toenails. This condition can cause a nail to become deeply pitted, discolored, have white patches or cause the nail to flake. In some more severe cases, a toenail can be completely lost and removed from its nail bed because of the autoimmune disease.

Sometimes it can be hard to be sure that psoriasis is the true cause of your toenail condition. This is because psoriasis can also appear as if it is chronic infection inflammation of the nail bed. It can also appear as a fungal infection that just won’t quite go away.

Treatment

Psoriasis of the toenail can be treated. Many podiatrists will prescribe a course of antibiotics to help combat psoriasis along with a topical ointment. There is currently a lot of research being conducted on patients with psoriasis who have issues with their nails. Specifically, biologic therapies are being investigated to better treat this condition due to its unique nature and symptoms.

If you have any symptoms of psoriasis, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately. If psoriasis is caught early, it can be easier to manage. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Psoriasis can be a very painful disorder. Not only can it be treated and controlled with the help of a trained podiatrist, but the rash can clear up and you can feel comfortable in your feet again.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 21, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Fungus   Warts   examination   biopsy   infections   lesions   psoriasis  

When you look at your feet and ankles and notice a growth that wasn’t there before, it could panic you. What is on my foot and why is it there? After a call into the podiatrist, they inform you that they have made an appointment for you to come in for an examination and a possible soft tissue biopsy. These words can be very frightening but read on to learn more about what you should expect if you have to go through a soft tissue biopsy.

What Is a Soft Tissue Biopsy?

A soft tissue biopsy is the removal of the skin, fat, muscle, and tendons that surround, connect, or support other tissues or organs of the foot or ankle. These biopsies are used to help inspect the skin and what might be causing the new growth or imperfection. They usually take a bit of time and are done by a surgeon.

What Can Cause a Soft Tissue Biopsy?

  • Freckles that are bigger than average or discolored
  • Moles that are bigger or more discolored than normal
  • Infections due to fungus or bacteria
  • Eczema, dermatitis or other rashes
  • Lesions from diabetes or other underlying conditions
  • Fibromas, cysts and other nodule conditions or diseases
  • Psoriasis or other toenail conditions
  • Warts
  • Keratoses

What Does the Biopsy Involve?

A biopsy is the removal of a small piece of skin from an affected area. It is usually done under local anesthetic and then cleaned and wrapped up. There are multiple types of biopsies, here are the main types:

  1. A thin piece of tissue is shaved off, known as a shave biopsy.
  2. A tiny core of tissues is removed or punched out from the body. This may require the use of stitches.
  3. An entire piece of skin is removed and may require stitches.

A skin biopsy may sound alarming, but it is very necessary to help prevent severe diseases such as cancer, fungal infections and diabetic complications. If you suspect that something is wrong with the skin on your feet, it is important to call your podiatrist right away. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033, or you can also make an appointment online today. Assess unknown skin conditions before it is too late.