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Toenail Fungus and Other Common Foot Problems

Common foot problems like toenail fungus can cause irritation throughout the day. If they are not treated when they develop, they may become even more of an issue, causing persistent pain and limiting your ability to walk and perform other physical activities.

Some common foot problems we treat are:

Toenail fungus

This fungus, also known as onychomycosis, causes a yellowish discoloration of the toenails. The fungus may grow on toenails that are in contact with damp areas like pool decks and locker rooms, in people who have weakened immune systems or in people with cracked toenails. The nails may become thick and brittle with jagged edges. In some cases, they can be painful but not all. The fungus is typically a cosmetic problem more than anything. 3-12% of the population develop some sort of nail fungus, and it is typically more prevalent among the elderly.

Treatment for this foot problem may include a topical medication that is applied to the nails daily, removal of the toenail as desired or oral medications.

Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is an itchy, scaly rash that often begins between the toes and spreads to a large portion of the foot. Stinging, burning and peeling are also common symptoms of Athlete’s foot. This problem frequently occurs in people who have sweaty feet or wear damp shoes for long periods like athletes or outdoor workers. It can spread to other parts of the body as well and is often the cause of jock itch.

Treatment for Athlete’s foot includes anti-fungal and antibacterial topical medications in the form of powder, spray or ointments.

Plantar warts

These warts grow on the bottom of the foot, commonly near the pad and toes of the feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The infection can occur if a person is directly exposed to the infection in areas like locker rooms or bathrooms. They can be hard and painful to walk on and may appear callus-like and rough with black dots.

Treatment for plantar warts may include the removal of the warts or topical anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, they may disappear on their own.

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the corner of the nail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, redness, and inflammation. In some cases, the toe can become infected and produce pus. Improper nail trimming and tight-fitting shoes are the main causes of this problem.

Treatment for ingrown toenails may include antibiotics to end infection, removal of the toenail or pain relievers.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

If you have developed any of these common foot problems or other similar issues, do not wait to receive treatment. Without treatment, the issue could be prolonged and cause more discomfort and an unpleasant cosmetic appearance.

Schedule an appointment with our office today to discuss a diagnosis and treatment plan for common foot problems like toenail fungus and ingrown toenails. Doing so will ensure that the problems do not become worse and lead to additional issues, such as an infection which may require more invasive treatments. 

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