Skin and Nail Conditions
Your feet are complicated, and numerous problems can develop within their internal structures and tissues (bones, muscles, tendons, nerves, etc.). At the same time, it’s important not to neglect conditions affecting the surface-level tissues: your skin and toenails.
As with most health concerns, it’s in your best interest to address skin and nail problems at an early stage. Doing so gives you the greatest opportunity for successful treatment.
If you are aware of issues like:
- Ingrown toenails;
- Toenail fungus;
- Plantar warts;
- Black toenails (subungual hematoma); or
- Severe athlete’s foot,
Contact us today and schedule an appointment for the care you need to keep the condition from becoming even worse.
How can you recognize these conditions?
The first step in getting treatment is being aware there’s a problem. Here are some signs and symptoms of these common skin and toenail conditions:
- Ingrown Toenails – pain (from the nail digging into skin), redness, swelling, tenderness
- Fungal Nails – discoloration, thickening, and brittleness of the nail tissue; a slightly foul odor
- Plantar Warts – hard, grainy, or fleshy growths (often found on the underside of the foot)
- Black Toenails – darkened nail tissue, pressure (from blood pooling under the nail)
- Athlete’s Foot – itching, burning, redness, rashes, blisters
While these might not seem like major concerns for those who are otherwise healthy – although they do cause pain, discomfort, and embarrassment – we cannot overemphasize how important it is to see us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you:
- Develop any skin or toenail problem; and
- Have diabetes.
If you are not diabetic, it is still wise to come in at your earliest convenience for treatment. Conditions like these are best addressed by an experienced professional, like Dr. Leibovitz.
With the exception of a mild-to-moderate case of athlete’s foot – something you may be able to resolve with powder or spray bought off the shelf at the store – professional care is both the safest and most effective course of action.
(For severe athlete’s foot that doesn’t respond to OTC remedies, we can prescribe stronger medication.)