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     We should be able to make it through the day without having our feet making us aware of them. Itching or painful feet can be quite a distraction. Furthermore, It these symptoms often result in a change in our gait. A change in gait puts undue stresses on multiple joints and can over work muscles. This can gradually lead to other areas of the body becoming injured and painful such as our knees, hips or back. Today, I would like to focus on causes of dryness and itching that are not related to athlete's foot. The most common condition I see in my office that presents this way besides athlete's foot is eczema. Eczema is not contagious. It will usually present as dry and scaling skin. It is generally considered to be an inherited condition. Any factors that seem to promote dryness will likely aggravate this condition. Over washing the skin or using harsh soaps can contribute to this condition as well. Low humidity is another factor. At East Avenue Podiatry, I have noticed that often this condition is worse in the winter. The appearance can also include a rash and sometimes various bumps on the skin. If scratched, these areas may ooze liquid. One of the best treatments for eczema is the use of topical hydrocortisone steroids. Steroids reduce itching and inflammation. Steroids come in many strengths and can be purchased over-the-counter or by prescription. Once the patient is improved, I will often recommend emollient type creams or lotions to help prevent dryness.
     There are other reasond feet can become dry and itchy such as allergic reactions which may be caused by an ingredient in the laundry detergent being used to clean the patient's clothes. This type of condition can also be relieved by steroid creams. However it is essential to eliminate the cause of the allergy as well. Psoriasis is a another condition to consider which often presents as scaling patches. This condition is best treated by prescription medications prescribed by either a dermatologist or podiatrist.
     The bottom line is that we generally do not have to live with these discomforting conditions. There are treatments and I encourage seeking professional help if you are suffering with these symptoms. We can be reached at East Avenue Podiatry by calling 203 – 853 – 6570 or at [email protected] Enjoy the summer.
Lonnie N Resnick DPM

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