Is It Athlete’s Foot or Psoriasis?

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, and the condition is often confused with athlete’s foot. But they are two very different conditions. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists discusses how you can distinguish between the two.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the skin cells to grow more quickly than normal, making them accumulate on the skin instead of flaking off. The extra skin cells change into scales or white-silver thick patches that are often itchy, painful, and dry. The condition is typically genetic.

On the other hand, athlete’s foot develops when fungal cells on the skin begin to grow and multiply too quickly. It commonly develops in body areas that are disposed to moisture, such as between the toes.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot and Psoriasis

The two conditions have some symptoms in common, but they also have some important differences.

For instance, patches of psoriasis can be large and cover large areas of your body or small and cover just a few tiny areas of skin. Because it’s an autoimmune disease, it isn’t contagious.

Because athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus, it is contagious. You can contract it by coming into contact with infected surfaces, like shoes, gym floors, and clothing.

Tips For Telling The Difference Between Athlete’s Foot And Psoriasis

These points may help you distinguish between athlete’s foot and psoriasis.

  • Affected body areas: If only your foot is affected, you likely have athlete’s foot.
  • Response to antifungal treatment: If the rash doesn’t disappear, you may be dealing with psoriasis or some other issue.
  • Response to no treatment: Psoriasis may be active for a short time, and then the symptoms may vanish. Athlete’s foot rarely goes away without treatment.
  • Diagnosis with testing: The only way to be sure if your symptoms are caused by psoriasis or athlete’s foot or (or something else), is to have a skin test.

If your condition is diagnosed as athlete’s foot, treatment will likely be quick and easy; but if it is psoriasis, treatment will be more involved. Regardless of which condition you are experiencing, you should be treated by an experienced podiatrist. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists ASAP at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Back To School Tips: Don’t Neglect Your Child’s Foot Health

The development of your child’s foot is vitally important to ensure that they can enjoy a healthy, active, happy adult life. And proper footwear is an important part of a child’s foot health. So today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information you need to know about your child’s feet.

Painful feet and legs are common among adolescents and children, but it is in no way normal.

Any type of foot pain should be examined if:

  • Symptoms last for 48 hours or more;
  • Your child is tripping or falling;
  • There are any visible differences between your child’s legs and feet;
  • Your child withdraws from activities.

Some of the most common areas of concern for parents include:

The start of the new school year typically means that you’ll be taking your child to shop for new school shoes. There are certain benefits that quality shoes provide, while improper footwear can exacerbate existing ailments.

Watch for signs of redness, blistering, and/or irritation that may be caused by shoes that are too small or big. Closely examine the heels of your child’s shoes for unevenness as this could be an indication of something more serious.

Here are some tips for getting properly fitted shoes for your child.

  • Because feet can swell, shop for shoes later in the day.
  • Take your child with you while shoe shopping;
  • Involve them in their foot health.
  • Shoes should feel comfortable right away, not after being broken in.
  • Choose shoes for the foot that is the longest since they are seldom the same size.
  • Try on the shoes with the same socks that they will be wearing with them.
  • Get fitted by someone trained and knowledgeable.

It’s important that you have your child’s feet assessed by a podiatrist each year, beginning around the age of three. Your podiatrist can educate parents regarding proper footwear and normal development of your child’s feet and provide management options if treatment is required.

Before you go shopping for new school shoes, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 to book your child’s annual foot checkup or schedule it online.

Protect Your Feet On The Beach!

Sun, sand, and sea are key elements for an enjoyable summer holiday, but they can also be a formula for disaster for your foot health. Even the most stunning beaches can be hiding foot-health hazards. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding some of the dangers and how you can protect your feet.

Don’t let sand burn the soles of your feet. When there is a strip of golden sand in front of you, it’s tempting to run barefoot onto the beach, but that sand can be scalding. Bare feet are easily burned, causing redness, blistering, and pain, so keep your footwear on at least until you’ve checked the temperature of the sand.

Protect feet from the sun. It’s not only sand than can burn your feet – the sun’s rays can be just as damaging. However, many people don’t apply sunscreen on their toes, the tops of their feet and their soles. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that sandals will protect your feet from sunburn – they need shade and sunscreen, just like the rest of the body.

Wear supportive shoes during sports events. If you’re looking forward to summer sports, you’ll need to wear supportive sports shoes – ideally trainers – while at the beach. Sand is so uneven and soft that without proper support, you may end up with ankle and foot pain or injuries because existing problems, such as plantar fasciitis, could be aggravated. To maximize the support of your footwear, give custom made orthotics a try.

Remove all of the sand from your feet. After you’ve taken your shoes off, remove all traces of sand from your feet and make sure there isn’t any hiding in your shoes before putting them back on. Particles of sand trapped between your footwear and feet can rub against your skin, which is not only uncomfortable but can also lead to blisters and sores.

Don’t paddle while unprotected. If you go paddling in the sea, it can be difficult to spot hazards lurking by your feet. Bottle tops, glass shards, coral, and sharp stones can easily pierce the skin. Sturdy water shoes, which are designed to prevent grazes and cuts, are invaluable.

Avoid sea creatures. Stay away from sea creatures that may sting and get lodged in your feet. They can cause considerable pain and many other unpleasant symptoms. Sea creature stings require urgent medical assistance from someone with first aid training or, in severe cases, paramedics.

If you’re planning a beach holiday or you experience a beach-related foot condition, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.