People often don’t give their feet much thought. You may clip your toenails—or treat yourself to a pedicure now and then—but other than that, you don’t worry too much about them. However, when you get a wart that you can’t get rid of or have a painful ingrown toenail, suddenly your feet are all you can think about. Trust our podiatrists to diagnose and treat your skin and nail problems quickly and efficiently.
Common Toenail Problems
When you have painful or unsightly toenail problems, we offer successful treatment plans to get you back in your favorite pair of open-toed shoes. They include oral medication, topical medication, and laser therapy. You don’t have to live with ugly or painful toenail conditions like the following:
- Fungal toenails. If you suffer from ugly, thick, discolored, or brittle nails, you may be experiencing toenail fungus. Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is characterized by a change in a toenail’s color and quality, which can be quite ugly. Whether you are concerned the infections may spread or simply embarrassed by the way they look—you don’t have to hide your feet.
- Ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can be very uncomfortable and at times very painful. An ingrown toenail is when the nail curves into the skin and causes the skin to become red and swollen. If not treated properly, it may lead to infection. Most people will remove the corner to get relief; However, this will result in the problem returning or even getting worse. Symptoms and signs of an ingrown toenail are as follows:
If you notice the start of an ingrown toenail, avoid “bathroom surgery” and contact our office to schedule your appointment.
Common Skin Problems
If you have grown frustrated with over-the-counter remedies for skin problems, come see what our podiatrists can do for you when you have the following conditions:
- Warts. Warts are one of several soft tissue conditions of the foot that can be quite painful. Plantar warts are caused by a virus and can appear on the sole of the foot. Children, especially teenagers, tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults. Self- treatment is generally not advisable. Over-the-counter preparations contain acids or chemicals that destroy skin cells. An expert can destroy abnormal skin cells (warts) without also destroying surrounding healthy tissue. It is wise to consult your podiatrist when any suspicious growth or eruption is detected on the skin of the foot in order to ensure a correct diagnosis.
- Athlete's foot. Athlete’s foot, the most common fungal infection, is a rash on the skin of the foot. The rash typically begins between the toes and can affect one or both feet. Athlete’s foot can make your feet and the skin between your toes itch and burn causing scaling and redness. If you have a rash on your foot that doesn’t improve after self-treatment, call us to schedule an appointment. Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot can be prevented by taking the following steps:
- Wash and dry feet thoroughly, taking extra care to dry between the toes.
- Use powder to keep the feet dry.
- Keep socks and footwear clean and dry; socks can be changed several times daily.
- Wear footwear made of breathable materials that allow air to circulate around the feet; constricting footwear, stockings, and socks can trap moisture and perspiration on the feet.
- Never share socks or footwear.
- Do not walk barefoot in public areas such as showers, pools, and locker rooms; instead, wear plastic flip-flops, slides, or shower shoes.
If you suspect you may have athlete’s foot and over-the-counter products are not working, call us for help.
Don’t Suffer Longer Than You Have to. Make an Appointment Today!
People often suffer in silence when they have toenail problems or warts on their feet, but you don’t have to! Call Cornerstone Foot & Ankle at (856) 582-6082 today to schedule your appointment or request your appointment online TODAY!