With spring almost upon us, we’re all ready to replace our winter boots with sandals or flip flops. But, are your feet ready for spring? If you have foot pain, nail discoloration or other toenail conditions, a trip to see one of our podiatrists will help put you on track to show off your feet for spring.
Toenails that are dark, thick, or discolored are often the result of a toenail fungus. The same fungus that causes athlete’s foot causes toenail fungus, which occurs more often in toenails because the fungi thrive in dark, warm, moist environments. There are oral and topical medications that can help cure fungal infections, and they have a high level of success. , such as our Q-Clear laser system, has shown to be the most effective treatment option with the highest success rate.
An ingrown toenail is a nail, often with a sharp corner, that has grown and curved downward into the skin on the sides of the nail. This often results in pain, redness, discomfort, swelling, and warmth to the toe. Ingrown toenails most frequently occur on the big toe, but can also occur on any other toes. A simple in-office procedure is performed to treat this condition, and most patients experience little discomfort. The affected toe will heal within a week or two.
Athlete’s foot is a superficial skin infection caused by a fungus called dermatophyte. The moist, warm environment of shoes created an ideal environment for this fungus to grow. Floors of locker rooms, public showers, swimming pools, and whirlpools are all areas where this fungus is more common, hence the name of the condition. You can prevent athlete’s foot by wearing sandals in public locker rooms and around swimming areas. There are over-the-counter treatments available, but if those treatments don’t work, or if you have increasing pain, swelling of the foot, blisters or open sores, you may have a bacterial infection. You should seek medical attention with a podiatrist for more aggressive treatment.
Having other foot and ankle issues? We are experienced specialists in all types of foot and ankle issues. Don’t suffer needlessly with easily treated conditions – and take the first step to healthy feet!