Skin and Nails Care
Common Nail and Skin Issues
Learn about common nail and skin care issues that can be treated by The Foot and Ankle Treatment Center.
Ingrown toenails are nails that cut into the flesh of the toe at the corner of the nail. This is a quite painful condition that can occur as the result of improper shoe fit, incorrect nail trimming, fungal infection and a number of other factors. Prevention can be as simple as trimming the nail straight across or purchasing shoes that allow adequate room for the toes. Ingrown toenails may require professional treatment. You can learn more by clicking here.
Athletes foot, a fungal infection, will typically appear as a red, itching and sometimes blistering rash most commonly affecting the soles of the foot and between the toes. Click here to learn more about athlete’s foot and it’s treatment.
Warts or verruca plantaris look like a small hard bump on the skin and can be painful and itch. Warts can appear as a single lesion or a cluster. Although there are various over-the-counter products for the treatment of warts, they are often of limited effectiveness. Since warts are caused by a virus and can be very difficult to eliminate, it is typically best to have them professionally treated by Dr. Gowdie. Call for an appointment.
Bacterial Infections of the Foot
Bacterial infections often affect the tissues surrounding the toenails. An infection of this nature will often resemble athlete’s foot, symptoms being a red or painful rash. An untreated wound or ingrown toenail will often open the door to a bacterial infection. If you suspect you may have a bacterial infection, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Onychomycosis (Toenail Fungus)
Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis) is a fungal infection. Symptoms include thickening of the nail, discoloration and pain. Left untreated toenail fungus can lead to a serious bacterial infection. Click here to learn more about our treatment.
Corns & Calluses
Corns and calluses of the foot develop when the skin thickens in order to form a heavy layer to protect from excessive pressure in a particular area. You can often help them clear up by simply determining the source of pressure and eliminating it. If you are diabetic, even seemingly simple conditions such as this can lead to complications and it is usually best to seek Dr. Gowdie’s professional advice.
Toenail Discoloration and Black Nail
Toenails can become discolored for a number of different reasons. Perhaps the most obvious reason is a trauma such as a stubbed toe or a heavy object being dropped on the toe resulting in a subungual hematoma, a pooling of blood under the nail. Certain vitamin deficiencies can cause nails to turn dark, also psoriasis, melanoma cancer, as well as some medications. Yellow nails can be caused by a nail fungus. If you need advice on any of these concerns we encourage you to give us a call at The Foot and Ankle Treatment Center at 706-310-4288.
Call Dr. Gowdie and his staff at The Foot and Ankle Treatment Center if you need skin and nail care treatment. You may click the “Book and Appointment” button or call us at 706-310-4288.
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