Skin conditions of the foot are common in sports and most are easily avoidable. They include athletes foot, blisters, corns, calluses, and verucca. Most can be treated with over the counter remedies but if you think something is wrong then seek professional advice from a doctor, pharmycist, chiropadist or podiatrist about your foot injury or skin condition.
Athlete's foot, also known as Tinea Pedis is a skin infection which is commonly thought to occur amongst athletes and those who wear trainers and other non-breathable footwear. It is caused by a fungus that grows in warm, moist environments, just like a sweaty trainer! Read more on how to prevent and treat this foot infection.
A blister is caused by friction between the skin and the inside of a shoe or clothing. Heat builds up causing a swelling under the skin which may or may not have blood in it. Redness on the skin is the first sign of a blister, and is particularly common on the heel, instep and toes. Read more on how to prevent and treat blisters on the feet.
Corns and calluses occur when there is excess or thickening of the skin, usually on the soles of the feet. Calluses form on weight bearing parts of the body and corns on non weight bearing areas. Applying gels to reduce friction and applying plasters can help ease any pain and protect the area.
A verruca is also known as a plantar wart and appears on the sole of the foot. They are the same as warts on any other body part and are caused by a virus, known as human papilloma virus (HPV). They vary in size and are not normally something to worry about, although care should be taken as they can be contagious.