Do you shudder when you know sandal season is on its way? Do you steer clear of certain shoes because they make your ingrown toenails scream in pain? Do you refuse to take your shoes off when other people are around?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you are in good company. Many people experience ingrown toenails, nail fungus, or other pain and unsightly skin problems on their feet, and most of them have something in common: they have tried everything they can find in the drugstore aisles to address their ailment, with no luck.
At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, we take nail and skin care seriously. No, it may not be the day at the spa that it sounds like, but we think it is better. We focus on treating the painful or embarrassing nail and skin problems that so many of us face. We want you to be able to take off your shoes without embarrassment, or put on your shoes without pain. Keep reading to learn about just some of what we offer in our nail and skin care practice.
Common Toenail and Skin Complaints
One of the most common problems people face with their feet is ingrown toenails. Ranging from annoying to incredibly painful, ingrown toenails typically occur on the big toe. Ingrown nails occur when edges of the nail plate dig into the skin surrounding the nail, causing swelling, irritation, and even infection. Read more about symptoms, complications and treatment of ingrown toenails.
Another common problem, toenail fungus typically does not hurt, but is more of a source of embarrassment. Many people are afraid to remove their shoes or socks for fear of exposing their thick, discolored nails.
If you suffer from toenail fungus, you have probably tried every old wives’ tale remedy and over-the-counter solution that is available. These remedies all have one thing in common: they do not work. The fungus continues to thrive, and refuses to go away as you run through the gambit of drug store options.
The problem with toenail fungus is that it lies deep under your nail, and it takes powerful antifungal medication to reach the root of the infection.
Common Skin Problems
Our feet take a beating—literally. Bony parts with thin skin, feet do not have much protection from injury, so they often must invent their own “protection” in the form of calluses and corns. Corns can be a nuisance, but they can also be a painful infection risk, as well. Over-the-counter remedies can do more harm than good, so it is always advisable to see a podiatrist for a corn that has become painful.
- Key Tips for Getting A Safe Pedicure
- Avoiding Black Toenails for Runners
- Healthy Toenails Need Vitamins, Too!
- Symptoms of Foot Infections
- How to Prevent Dry, Cracked Skin on Your Feet
- Do You Need to Treat Black Toenails?
- How Can I Treat Heel Fissures at Home?
- What Are The Symptoms of Skin Cancer on my Feet?
- Should I Pop a Blister on my Foot?
- Why Do My Toes Smell?
Are You Ready to Bare Your Feet?
If you are ready to address your skin and nail problems head-on, it is time to call Dr. Silvester and the Next Step team today to set up a consultation! Call us at 855-972-9512 to schedule your appointment, and get ready for healthy feet!