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Dr. Paul F Brezinski
847-359-5550
Dr. Maria Chon
847-359-1600

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Dr. Paul F. Brezinski
Dr. Maria Chon
Palatine Podiatry Center
317 E. Dundee Rd.
Palatine , IL , 60074
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For Dr. Paul Brezinski

Day AM PM
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9-11:30 1-6
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9-11:30 1-3
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Thurs
9-11:30 1-5:30
Fri
9-12 No Appts
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9-12 No Appts

For Dr. Maria Chon

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No Appts 3-5
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9-12 1-4
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9-1 No Appts
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9-11 appt only No Appts

Toenail and Skin Conditions

When you look at your feet what is the first thing you see? Your skin and toenails. Many patients incorrectly conclude that ”feet are ugly” and tolerate dry skin, blisters, cracks or thick, discolored, or painful nails. While there may be a false impression that thee are “cosmetic problems” the truth is that our skin and nails are oftentimes mirrors of our overall health.

In a recent survey of 1,000 adults 18 years of age and older, conducted on behalf of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the survey results showed that American’s view their feet as the least important body part in terms of their heath and well being. However, the feet were the number one body part to experience pain, even more so than the teeth or skin. (Source: Marketwire 1/25/11).

Dermatitis can often be described as any change in color, texture, or sensation of our skin. Any bump, lump, blister, or color change of the skin on the feet should be examined by a podiatrist.

Any nail discoloration, like dark spots, bleeding or discharge from the sides or tip of the nail should be checked promptly. While cancerous lesions rarely occur on the feet, when they do the nails are frequently where they occur.

Athlete’s foot is a common skin infection of the feet caused by a fungal infection that usually occurs between the toes or on the bottom of the feet. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that becomes active when exposed to a warm moist environment. While it is commonly thought to be found in locker rooms, the truth is that the fungus is present anywhere people walk barefoot such as locker rooms, health clubs, swimming pools and hotel rooms. Shoes and socks provide a good breeding ground because they tend to accumulate moisture from perspiration or the environment. People with diseases that lower their resistance to infection are also at an increased risk for fungal infections and should take preventative measures to avoid exposure to this condition.

Your feet contain 250,000 sweat glands and can excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day. The tendency to perspire excessively is called hyperhidrosis. In addition to causing foot odor, damp feet can promote fungal infections. If you have sweaty feet, be especially careful to keep them clean and dry. There are a number of antiperspirant powders or sprays available. Take the time and change your socks whenever they become damp.

Chronic, itching, dry skin can be caused by eczema or athlete’s foot, both conditions that are easily treated. However, this can also b an early symptom of psoriasis or diabetes. Any skin dermatitis that remains persistent and fails to resolve in 7-10 days should be examined by a doctor familiar with skin conditions. Sometimes, when a skin condition has been present for a while or fails to respond to treatment a simple procedure called a shave or punch biopsy is performed to help establish an exact diagnosis. This is a simple, relatively painless in office procedure.

With the large number of skin care products available without a prescription, it is easy to fall into a a pattern of playing “skin treatment roulette”. These products are almost always out of pocket expenses that are not covered by health insurance. They can make an easily treatable problem more complicated and extend the recovery time.
The diagnosing and treating these skin conditions of the feet is as easy as getting an appointment with a podiatrist experienced in treating skin conditions.

If you have diabetes, please go to our request an appointment page to see us the first sign of trouble.