Eczema – Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis

May 21st, 2011

Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis is a type of Eczema that occurs in children and I occasionally encounter this skin disease in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices.  Typically, a scaly red plaque develops on the large toe and progresses to the weight bearing areas of the feet with a predominance for the forefoot and sparing of the heel.  Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis is most often seen in children with Eczema.  Children whose feet become macerated and wet especially with prolonged wearing of shoes are especially prone to Juvenile Plantar Dermatosis.  The treatment is allowing the feet to air out by wearing open toe shoes and preventing occlusion.  Topical steroids are of little benefit.