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Common Skin Conditions Of The Feet.

Allied Health Care for the Ballarat Region

Common Skin Conditions Of The Feet.

The skin is the source of some the most frequently annoying complaints in the body and the skin of the feet is no exception. Here we present the first of two of the most common skin conditions that occur in the feet and what you can do about them.
Itchy, hot, red skin? It might be tinea. Part of a large family of fungal infections that affect various areas of the body, tinea pedis is the name given to fungal infections of the feet. You may also know it as Athlete’s Foot.
Tinea pedis has 3 main presentations. The most common occurs between the toes, typically in the 4th and 5th web space. The second presents as scaling and erythema (redness) along the soles and borders of the feet. The third has small vesicles or pustules, which look like tiny red blisters, which occur on the soles of the feet, usually under the arch area. Google some pictures and you’ll find some interesting ones. However, more often than not, tinea doesn’t look as bad as that.
Tinea can cause itching or a burning discomfort. Sometimes you’ll have no idea it was there at all. So if my tinea is not annoying me, why treat it? Well, you can spread it to other people for a start. It is highly contagious after all. But, more importantly, damage done to the skin by tinea – particularly between the toes – can create can a portal of entry for other types of infection. This can lead to infections of the foot and leg.
Treatment involves the use of a topical antifungal, such as Lamisil. Where there is also inflammation, it may be useful to try a combined antifungal and corticosteroid such as Resolve Plus.
Then you must consider why it appeared in the first place. Fungal infections love warm, moist environments. So, make sure you keep your feet and toes as dry as possible, change socks frequently and avoid17_original use of synthetics. Allow your footwear to dry if they become damp through perspiration or rain. And use footwear/thongs in communal areas such as showers, changing rooms and poolside. Good habits will make for good feet.

– Chris Vaughan is a podiatrist at Lake Health Group and believes that education and footwear play an important role in preventing and overcoming foot and lower limb problems.



Lake Health Group have ceased group exercise classes as of Thursday 6th August in line with government legislative requirements relating to Stage 3 COVID19  restrictions in regional Victoria.

Closure of the gym and Pilates area as well as cessation of groups is for a minimum of 6 weeks at this stage and relates to small exercise groups as well as the GLAD arthritis program.

For people in group classes please arrange for a one on one appointment with Josh or Jamie for them to construct a home program. For those currently doing GLAD with Lachie or Jasper this can continue but only in a 1 on 1 consultation basis.

We apologise for any inconvenience but your safety and that of all our clients and staff at Lake Health Group is our highest priority. We will continue to update you on the status of the gym and groups via social media, our website and our newsletter.


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Please do not come into the clinic and call 5335 3200 to cancel your appointment.

This is extremely important for the health of all clients and staff.

We thank you for your patience at this time.

Updated 2nd  July 2020