Get Those Feet Ready to Breeze Into Spring: Toenail Conditions & Athlete’s Foot
Are your feet ready for spring? If you have painful feet, nail discoloration or other toenail conditions, a trip to see one of our podiatrists will help put you on track for showing off your feet for spring. Here are a few common problems regularly treated at Triad Foot & Ankle Center:
Dark, Thick, or Discolored Nails
Toenails that are dark, thick, or discolored are often the result of a toenail fungus. The same fungus that causes athlete’s foot causes toenail fungus, which occurs more often in toenails because the fungi thrives in dark, warm, moist environments. Blood flow circulation to the area may be reduced with tight-fitting shoes, which decreases the body’s ability to fight off infection. Proper treatment involves a podiatry visit to properly diagnosis the type of fungus you have, and a course of action to heal the affected area.
Ingrown toenails are a common condition that occurs when the corner of a toenail digs into the skin, usually at the end of the side of the big toe. As the nail digs into the skin, it develops into a localized infection. These infections can become intense and should be treated as soon as possible. A simple in-office procedure is performed to treat this condition, and most patients experience little discomfort. The affected toe will heal within a week or two.
Athlete’s foot is a superficial skin infection caused by a fungus called dermatophyte. The moist, warm environment of shoes created an ideal environment for this fungus to grow. Floors of locker rooms, public showers, swimming pools, and whirlpools are all areas where this fungus is more common, hence the name of the condition. There are over-the-counter creams to treat athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot usually clears up within two weeks. You can prevent athlete’s foot by wearing sandals in public locker rooms and around swimming areas. Maintain clean showers and floors at home where you frequently walk barefoot to prevent the fungus from spreading at home. If these treatments don’t work, or if you have increasing pain, swelling of the foot, blisters or open sores, you may have a bacterial infection. You should seek medical attention with a podiatrist for more aggressive treatment.
Having other foot and ankle issues? We are experienced specialists in all types of foot and ankle issues. Don’t suffer needlessly with easily treated conditions – Schedule an appointment today and take the first step to healthy feet!