In this blog post, we’re going to discuss a common foot condition called pitted keratolysis. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry – you’re not alone! This condition often goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed, but it can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem for those who experience it.
Pitted keratolysis is a bacterial infection that affects the soles of the feet. It’s caused by a combination of factors such as warm, humid environments and closed-toe shoes that don’t allow your feet to breathe. The bacteria that cause pitted keratolysis thrive in these conditions and can create small, shallow pits in the skin of your feet.
Symptoms of Pitted Keratolysis
Some of the most common symptoms of pitted keratolysis include a foul odor, small pits on the soles of the feet, and a whitish or grayish appearance in the affected areas. Additionally, some people may experience itching or discomfort.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention. At Feet Street Podiatry, our experienced team of podiatrists can diagnose and treat pitted keratolysis effectively. Our treatment options advice on management of the condition, prescription-strength topical or oral antibiotics, as well as recommendations for lifestyle changes to prevent future outbreaks.
Prevention is key
Prevention really is key when it comes to pitted keratolysis. Here are some simple tips to keep your feet healthy and free from infection:
- Wear breathable shoes made of natural materials like leather or canvas
- Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day to allow them to air out
- Wear moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet dry
- Practice good foot hygiene, including washing your feet daily and drying them thoroughly
- Use antifungal or antibacterial powder on your feet and in your shoes to prevent bacterial growth
Remember, if you’re experiencing any symptoms of pitted keratolysis or have concerns about the health of your feet, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team at Feet Street Podiatry. We’re here to help you keep your feet healthy and happy!