A simple guide to dermatological foot complications

Are you experiencing itchy, red feet? Are you not sure why or what treatment is available? Keep reading to find out. 


There are multiple dermatological conditions that can occur to our feet. Below we have listed some of our most commonly encountered dermatological conditions and what to look out for.



This is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, typically presenting as defined red and scaly plaques. Most commonly presented at the scalp, elbows and knees, however any part of the skin can be involved. Symptoms experienced include mild to severe itch to the area and can develop into painful skin crack.


As podiatrist, the most common types of psoriasis we are presented with are palmoplantar psoriasis, occurring to the palms and/or soles of the feet and nail psoriasis. Nail psoriasis presents to the nails as yellow, ridging and lifting appearance, this can also be associated with inflammatory arthritis. 


Treatment can include:

  • General advice such as avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, refraining from smoking and maintaining an optimal weight, which all have benefits in treating psoriasis. 
  • Topical agents to treat mild psoriasis, this will depend on severity and location of the psoriasis. 


Tinea Pedis (AKA Athlete’s Foot)

This is a foot infection that usually begins between the toes. Often resulting in peeling of the skin and can cause a scaly rash that can create itching, stinging or burning sensation. This skin condition often occurs in individuals who wear occlusive footwear, sweat heavily, don’t dry in-between the toes after showering or are exposed to communal areas where fungal spores like to live. 

Treatment can include: 

  • Education such as always dry in-between the toes, avoid occlusive footwear for a long period of time and wear sandals or thongs whilst in communal facilities su
    ch as swimming pool showers. 
  • Topical antifungal treatment can also help to rid tinea pedis, there are multiple options available, at the Whittlesea Foot and Ankle Clinic we sell SolvEasy Tinea. If the infection is not responding to topical treatment, oral antifungal agent may be an option. 



This refers to a group of conditions that cause irritation to the skin. These conditions can cause dry skin, itchiness and red rashes. There are many types of dermatitis, most commonly seen within a podiatry clinic can include contact dermatitis and eczema. There can be many different irritants that dermatitis may originate from, these include contact allergens, irritants and  hypersensitivities. 


Dermatitis, psoriasis and tinea pedis can have similar presentations, if you are unsure and have a skin condition that is bothering, book in with a medical professional so they can provide you with tailored advice and appropriate treatment plan.


We are always here to help, book in with oneof our podiatrist for an assessment, don’t hesitate to give us call on 8468 2411 or book online here.