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By Dr. Steven Miller
July 29, 2018
Category: Skin

Toe painA 45-year-old woman in England developed inflammation and painful blisters on her great toe after applying freshly sliced raw garlic to treat a fungal nail infection. This incident was reported in BMJ Case Reports, and is similar to garlic burns reported in other medical journals.

Garlic has been used as a medical treatment for generations. It is said to have antimicrobial properties. However, raw garlic on skin can cause a chemical burn and/or contact dermatitis.

The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic are believed to be the cause. The severity of the injury depends on the freshness of garlic, duration of exposure, and presence of pre-existing skin conditions and sensitivity.

Please use caution with herbal products and home remedies. If you have toenail fungus or any other foot problem, please contact our office for medical expertise.

By Dr. Steven Miller
October 11, 2015
Category: Skin
Tags: pain   corn   pad  

Examples of corn on footAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, harvest season for corn in Illinois is in October. About 10 million acres of corn are harvested annually from the "Prairie State".

The corns in our office are different. And they are harvested the entire year.

Corns are thickened areas of skin that develop in response to excessive pressure and friction.  A corn can be a symptom of an underlying problem such as ill-fitting footwear or an excessively prominent bone.  Typically hard and circular, corns can be quite painful.

Be cautious about using over-the-counter "medicated corn pads" as they usually contain an acid that can damage the healthy surrounding skin if used incorrectly. Never attempt to cut or scrape away a corn on your own as this can lead to infection.

The thickened skin can usually be scraped off during the same appointment. The procedure is painless because the skin is already dead. X-ray evaluation, injection or surgery may be necessary in cases that do not respond to conservative treatment.

If you are suffering from a painful corn, get relief by scheduling an appointment today. Call (847) 675-3400 or go to

By Dr. Steven Miller
June 28, 2015
Category: Skin
Tags: Sweat   odor   smelly feet   bacteria  

Foot odorThe main cause of foot odor (smelly feet) is germs that produce bad-smelling substances. Moisture creates the environment that fosters bacterial and fungal growth. The foot is prone to moisture since it has the highest concentration of sweat glands of the entire body and is enclosed in a shoe.

To reduce the number of germs, wash your feet daily and dry them completely. Swabbing between the toes with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol – even an alcohol pad – is another inexpensive remedy. Be aware that alcohol should not be used on an open wound.

To keep your feet dry throughout the day, wear well-ventilated shoes. Socks made with Coolmax or similar moisture-wicking fabric are frequently used by athletes. Odor-Eaters have activated charcoal to absorb moisture.

In 2006, researchers discovered that a female malaria mosquito is attracted equally to the smell of human feet and Limburger cheese.

If you or a family member has foot odor that persists, schedule an appointment by calling (847) 675-3400 or by clicking here.

By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists
August 01, 2014
Category: Skin
Tags: Wart   laser   hyperkeratosis  

As you sink your feet into the warm sand, you may have noticed some blemishes. "Are those warts?"

Warts are caused by viruses that invade our skin cells and change their morphology. Expert inspection is needed to differentiate this from non-contagious skin ailments such as nucleated hyperkeratoses. Warts usually have tiny brown or black dots and hurt more when squeezed from the sides than with direct pressure.

Dr. Steven Miller is trained in a variety of treatment methods for warts or wart-like growths, including lasers. Knowing that each situation is unique, take the first step by scheduling a consultation at (847) 675-3400 or by clicking here.

June 02, 2014
Category: Skin
Tags: melanoma   sun   discoloration  

Summer has finally arrived. News reports remind us about sun damage to the skin and the risk of melanoma.

The widespread adoption of the ABCDs of melanoma has helped increase public and physician awareness:

      A for Asymmetry – one part is different than the other part.

     B for Border – the edges are irregular, uneven, or blurred.

     C for Color – shades of brown, tan, or black are usually present.

     D for Diameter – size is greater than 6 millimeters.

Melanoma is a life threatening but potentially treatable form of cancer if diagnosed and treated at an early stage.  Melanoma can occur on any part of the foot, including a toenail.

If you have a questionable skin lesion or toenail, please call (847) 675-3400 to schedule an appointment with Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists.