Fungal infections of the toenails can be difficult to treat, and recurrences are common. During the summer, toenail infections occur more frequently, as people spend more time walking barefoot in places where bateria and fugi can lurk - around pools, at the beach, etc. Feet also tend to sweat more in warm weather, which can contribute to an infection. There are new medications on the market that have shown promise in treating fungal infections, although infections can recur.
Feet seem especially susceptible to nail problems of all kinds, including fungal infections. It might be because of the time they spend in dark, moist places, or it might be because of the lack of attention they get. Whatever the cause, we can discuss the different treatment options available to you.
Corns and calluses develop on the foot from excess pressure or friction. The body responds to the problem by causing the skin to thicken. Pressure or friction can occur when the foot rubs the inside of the shoe or if a bone lies in an abnormal position. While unsightly, pain is typically the main concern with corns and calluses which can become infected or hamper foot movement in some cases. Corns are located on the toes and calluses are found on the bottom of the foot. Painful lesions in between the toes are known as soft corns.
When corns and calluses become uncomfortable they can be trimmed down in the office to provide relief. Other treatments include, wearing wider shoes, using non medicated pads, or using a pumice stone. If these conservative measures fail to provide relief, surgical procedures to correct the underlying structural causes of corns and calluses may be considered. Please call for an appointment if you are experiencing any discomfort.
Gout is a form of arthritis that causes intense joint pain, inflammation, and redness. The condition is caused by an accumulation of uric acid. Gout typically strikes the big toe joints, knees, ankles, and insteps. Should a gout attack occur, professional care can dramatically alleviate the agony of an attack. Some steps that can help avoid an attack include maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding foods like red meat, red wine, beer, shellfish, limiting alcohol intake, and drinking plenty of fluids.
Many medical conditions that affect the body's joints cause damage to your feet. Although as your podiatrist I do not treat the underlying medical condition, I do work closely with your primary care physician to provide care and catch problems early.
P.S. More than 2 million American suffer from gout.
An ingrown toenail develops when the nail’s edge grows into the skin of the toe. The skin surrounding the toenail can become infected and is often red, swollen, and very tender. Ingrown toenails can occur on any toe but usually affect the big toes. The tendency to get ingrown toenails is inherited but improperly trimmed nails or poorly fitting shoes can lead to ingrown toenails as well.
In chronic or more severe cases of ingrown toenails an in-office procedure can be performed to make it so that the ingrown portion of the nail will not grow back. Your toe will be numb for the 15-30 minute procedure and you will be able to resume most of your normal activities right away. Feel free to call for an appointment today if you are suffering with an ingrown toenail.
P.S. To prevent ingrown toenails, cut nails straight across without tapering the corners.
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