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Skin & Toenail Disorders

The Care You Need For Fungal Toenails

Some of the symptoms of toenail fungus (onychomycosis) are thick, yellow, discolored toenails. Fungal toenails are caused by an organism that grows in and under the nail. The fungus likes to grow in warm, moist places like your shoes.

Many patients pick up fungal toenail infections in the gym locker room, from a nail salon, from wet shoes or from trauma. The fungus can stay in the nails for many years and can be passed from one person to another.

Treatment for fungal toenails includes topical and oral medications, which are used together and are very effective.

It is important for diabetics to treat their feet properly to avoid any future problems. Footwear and foot orthotics play an important role in diabetic foot care.
 
Footwear that fits poorly can cause irritation and injury. The most successful way to prevent diabetic neuropathy from occurring is to control diabetes.
 
It is important to maintain blood sugars at normal levels and maintain normal blood pressure.

Get Pain Relief From Your Ingrown Toenail

Affiliate Foot And Ankle Specialize in a quick, virtually pain-free correction of ingrown nails.

 

An ingrown toenail occurs when a corner of the nail grows into the flesh of the toe, causing redness and swelling, followed by pain and often infection.

 

Ingrown toenails can occur due to improper trimming of the toenail, trauma or genetic factors.

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Treatment for ingrown toenails is performed by gently numbing the toe, and then removing the offending corner of the nail. If you have chronic ingrown toenails, we can remove the root in the office to permanently prevent re-growth of the ingrown portion of the nail. If you have an ingrown toenail, don't be afraid to schedule an appointment.

 

Your treatment will be gentle and virtually painless, and we'll get you back to your normal activities right away.

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Foot Wart or Plantar Wart Treatment

Our Podiatrists are experts in treating foot warts 

Plantar warts are caused by direct contact with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

 

This is the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Plantar warts may eventually clear up on their own, most patients desire faster relief.

The goal of treatment is to completely remove the wart. The foot and ankle surgeon may use topical or oral treatments, laser therapy, cryotherapy (freezing), acid treatments, or surgery to remove the wart.

 

It is important that the patient follow your foot doctor’s instructions, including all home care and medication that has been prescribed, as well as follow-up visits with the podiatrist. Warts may return, requiring further treatment. If there is no response to treatment, further diagnostic evaluation may be necessary.

 

In such cases, the surgeon can perform a biopsy to rule out other potential causes for the growth.

There are many folk remedies for warts, patients should be aware that these remain unproven and may be dangerous. Patients should never try to remove warts themselves. This can do more harm than good.

Find Relief From Athlete’s Foot & Foot Fungus

Are your feet itching, burning, pain or scaling? You may have foot fungus or Athlete's foot.

Athlete's foot is a skin infection caused by fungus. Athlete's foot usually produces itchy, dry, scaling skin. It is commonly seen on the soles of the feet and in between the toes.

 

In advanced cases, inflammation, cracks, and blisters may form; an infection caused by bacteria can also result. 

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The fungus can spread to other areas of the body, including toenails.

A fungal infection may occur on any part of the body; on the foot it is called athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis. Fungus commonly attacks the feet because it thrives in a dark, moist, warm environment such as a shoe. Fungal infections are more common in warm weather when feet tend to sweat more.

 

Fungus thrives in damp areas such as swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms. Athletes commonly have sweaty feet and use the facilities where the fungus is commonly found, thus the term "athlete's foot." If you think you have athlete's feet, request an appointment for treatment and we'll help you feel better in no time.