Skin & Nails

The following explains the various treatments for any Skin & Nails in your feet.
Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be a very painful problem that can easily turn into an infection. The corner/side of your toenail grows into the surrounding skin, usually causing pain, tenderness, swelling/redness and possible infection.

Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails
  • Improper cutting of one's nail
  • Injury or trauma to the nail
  • Improper footwear
  • Unusually curved nails
Treatments:

Our Podiatrist can perform a wedge resection, a proper trimming of the nail as well as surgical removal of the offensive nail edge. Antibiotic treatments are available in case of an infection

Fungal Nails

Fungal Nails are commonly seen in our podiatry clinic. White or yellow discoloration will appear on your nail and can spread to other nails as well. If the fungus is left untreated, thickening of your nail and/or crumbling of your nail can occur. Toenail fungus can also spread to the surrounding skin also known as “athlete’s foot”.

Common Causes of Nail Fungus
  • Bacteria/ fungus build up in shoes
  • A moist environment in your shoes causing build up of micro-organisms i.e. bacteria, fungi, yeast
  • Many Nail salons that reuse non-sterilized instruments, foot baths, and nail polish brushes.
Treatments:

Our podiatrists trim and file your nails on a regular basis, until the fungus is resolved to keep your nail from becoming too thick. An anti-fungal medication is prescribed and will penetrate your nail to kill the fungus.

Laser treatments for nail fungus is an added form of treatment to help restore your nails.

Corns/Calluses

Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin that occur from friction and pressure on your feet. Corns are smaller in size and usually raised, while calluses are more rough in texture and are larger than corns. Corns commonly appear on your feet and toes, while calluses are found under your heels or on the soles of your feet.

Treatments:
Offloading

Offloading the corns and calluses of your feet are essential to prevent you from developing more serious concerns. Our podiatrists will custom make a foot orthotic to equally distribute the weight on your feet, eliminating friction and protecting the area from blistering.

Callus Cushions

Designed to take pressure off of the lesions and provide comfort as you walk

  • Softening Creams and prescriptions
  • Regular care clinically provided using a sharp surgical blade
Plantar’s Warts

Plantar’s Warts are lesions that are caused when the human papillomavirus (HPV) enters your body through breaks/cuts in the skin or weak spots in the bottoms of your feet. These lesions can also be painful and tender when walking or standing.

Places such as dance studios, public pools or changing areas and school gymnasiums are common areas to contract a plantar's wart.

Treatments:

There are many different treatment options for your warts. Prescription medications from our podiatrists can be used at home to treat the warts, as well as in clinic treatments that are also proven to be highly effective. We can personalize your treatment plan to suit your needs, depending on the severity of your warts.

Dry, Cracked Heels

Dry, cracked heels are caused from the skin of the heel drying out and forming into a callus. Due to pressure on the heels, the area can break open causing deep cracks or painful fissures. Further problems such as skin infections can develop if left untreated.

Common Causes of Dry, Cracked heels
  • Psoriasis or other skin conditions
  • Diabetes or excessive weight gain
  • Dry winter weather
  • Vitamin Deficiency
Treatments:

Our podiatrists can help with your dry, cracked heels with a number of solutions such as:

Custom Foot Orthotics

These custom insoles are designed to redistribute the excessive pressure being put on your heels.

Medications

Our podiatrists may provide you with a prescription foot cream, that is formulated specifically for dry, cracked heels/skin.

Foot Care for Seniors and High Risk Patients

Patients who have difficulty reaching down to their feet, thick and discolored nails, Toenails that are difficult to trim or you notice changes to your skin, chances are you need to be seeing a podiatrist/ foot specialist.