Skin Condition FAQs

Can laser treatment work on warts?

Warts are skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. Once the virus enters a small break in the skin, layers of dead tissue build-up and can be unsightly and bothersome. Those on the soles of your feet can even be painful. Unfortunately, these skin problems can be difficult to treat. You can try topical liquids and ointments but these can take an excessive amount of time to show any results. Laser treatment is an alternative that uses an intense light beam to burn and destroy the wart’s tissues, as well as the virus. The procedure can be done right onsite in our office and depending on the location, size and number of warts removed, it can be quite efficient. You may experience some pain and bleeding following the procedure and you should watch for signs of infection, including fever, redness, discharge or heat. When all other treatment options are exhausted but those bumps on your feet are still going strong, laser treatment could be the solution.

To find out more, contact Dr. Peter Tsang of Prairie Path Podiatry by calling (630) 845-3338 or visit our Geneva, IL location.

What’s the difference between a corn and a callus?

Corns and calluses are both thick areas of skin formed by increased pressure or shear forces applied to the area. Shear forces can form blisters, which may change into a corn or callus while healing.  They differ from each other in the locations found on the foot and in their appearances. It’s important to know the difference when diagnosing your problem because the type of skin problem you have will determine how long the treatment will take.

Callus: This hard skin is found on the bottom of the foot, whether that’s the heel, arch, ball or underneath the toes. Usually this problem will go away with a proper shoe choice.

Corn: These can be hard or soft patches of thick skin located on the tops or between your toes. The middle of the bump, which can be hard or soft, may appear to be a gray-ish color and have a yellow ring surrounding it. When this skin condition has a soft inner core it may look raw, like an open wound.

If you need help with padding or removal of your thickened skin, call Prairie Path Podiatry in Geneva, IL, at (630) 845-3338. Our office is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

What is the best treatment for athlete’s foot?

Antifungal medication, whether it’s topical or oral, is the best treatment for athlete’s foot because they penetrate all layers of the skin affected by the fungus. Fungicidal or fungistatic chemicals, as well as home remedies, may not be as effective and may be too harsh for your skin. Infections that are caused by bacteria may be handled with an oral or topical antibiotic.

If you are prescribed an antifungal mediation by a doctor, make sure to follow the treatment plan for as long as recommended. If you cut the treatment short by a few weeks, it may not be enough time and fungus will reappear. Following your doctor’s orders is what makes the treatment successful.

Fungus on the skin of your feet may be hard to banish on your own. If you need help for your problem, call Prairie Path Podiatry in Geneva, IL, at (630) 845-3338 to make an appointment with Dr. Peter Tsang.

How long does it take to recover from athlete’s foot?

The actual amount of time it takes for your athlete’s foot treatment to be completely successful will vary depending on the severity of your case but most infections can be cleared up within a matter of a couple of weeks. Infections that are more severe can sometimes take longer than a month.

When it comes to athlete’s foot, most mild-to-moderate cases are successfully treated with the use of over-the-counter products. If you have followed the instructions on the label carefully and are still experiencing issues, you will likely need a stronger medication that we can prescribe for you. Depending on your specific situation, this may either be topical or oral.

For the first-class skin and nail care you need, contact Prairie Path Podiatry today. Our Geneva, IL office is ready to help you, so give us a call at (630) 845-3338 or schedule your appointment by using our easy online form.

How can I prevent athlete’s foot?

Trust us—you don’t want athlete’s foot. It’s itchy, smelly and can also cause pain, not to mention grief when you try to get rid of it. Instead, try preventing it.

Every day, wash your feet with gentle skin cleanser, not soap. Use a towel to dry off your feet, especially the area between the toes, until they are completely dry. That’s where fungus likes to hang out. If you want to take an extra step, powder your feet with an anti-fungal talc.

Alternate your shoes every day. This gives each pair time to dry out before putting your feet back in. Also, never share your shoes with someone else—fungus is contagious.

Speaking of contagiousness, avoid walking barefoot in public places like locker rooms, public showers and public pools. This is where you’re most likely to pick up some fungi on your feet. Bring a pair of sandals, boat shoes, surf shoes, swim shoes or even a pair of flip flops with you to wear.

You can choose to go barefoot at home to air out your feet. A pair of well-ventilated (not vinyl or rubber) shoes and dry socks should do a pretty good job of keeping you moisture-free.

If you need more help, please call Dr. Peter Tsang or Joyce Baller, RN, at Prairie Path Podiatry by calling (630) 845-3338 to reach our Geneva, IL, office.

How can I prevent cracked heels?

DryCrackedHeelsYou can prevent cracked heels with a lot of moisture and some added support in your shoes. If you already have tiny cracks forming on your feet—that’s fine! Lotion can go a long way in getting rid of the dryness and also preventing cracks from forming or getting bigger. Use moisturizer on the feet two to three times a day until you can see a difference. A good time to do this is when you hop out of the shower—don’t forget to use a pumice stone while bathing to remove excess dead skin!

Socks or bandages can trap the moisture in better, so you may want to remember that next time you’re wanting to banish the dreaded heel cracks. Look for creams that contain moisture-sealing ingredients.  One that we recommend highly is O’Keeffe’s Foot Cream. We use it ourselves and it is very effective with cracked, dry skin anywhere, not just on the feet. It does not leave a greasy feeling on your skin. You can find O’Keeffe’s at major stores or at our office. Just come on in and pick one up. If the cracks are so bad that they hurt or bleed, come in to see Dr. Tsang right away to prevent worsening or infection.

You may carry excess weight that can form or aggravate the cracks on your feet. If that’s the case, at Prairie Path Podiatry, we can assist with a custom orthotic that can redistribute pressure off of your trouble areas. To make an appointment with Dr. Peter Tsang, call our office in Geneva, IL at (630) 845-3338.

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