Day-to-day wear on your feet can cause a number of problems, many of which are more irritating than painful. Tight shoes, bare floors, and long hours create a perfect storm for foot conditions that can make your feet dry, itchy, and unsightly—and many of these ailments will return again and again if not treated properly.
At Podiatry Care Specialists, our podiatrists help patients overcome a variety of nail and skin ailments, including:
Fungal nail infections are notoriously resistant to treatment, and can make toenails cracked, flaky, and dry. Your podiatrist may prescribe an oral antifungal medication or use laser treatments to stop the spread of infection. After a fungal nail infection has been treated, it is vital that a patient take steps to prevent the infection from coming back.
Athlete's foot is another type of fungal infection that develops between a patient’s toes or along the bottom of the foot. Often seen in patients whose feet are confined in sweaty socks or tight-fitting shoes, this condition is often treated with both oral and topical antifungal medications.
High heels, ill-fitting shoes, and improperly-trimmed nails can all contribute to ingrown toenails, a condition where the sides of the toenail dig into the skin of the nail bed. If the skin becomes infected, part or all of the toenail must be removed surgically to allow proper healing.
Plantar warts often appear as rough, grayish patches of skin on the soles of the feet. These may be painful or irritating, and are usually resistant to over-the-counter medications. Trimming of the dead skin in the office setting may be necessary in addition to application of a topical acid. If conservative treatments are not successful, excision by blunt dissection of the plantar warts may be performed.
Corns and Calluses
Repeated friction between shoes and feet will often cause calluses, a buildup of dead skin cells that help protect your feet from injury. Feet that are forced into narrow shoes may develop corns, a buildup of skin cells that provide cushioning around the bones in the toes. As these abnormalities grow, they place more and more pressure on the soft tissues in the feet, and may need to be removed if conservative treatments are ineffective.
Our Treatment Methods Can Prevent Your Condition From Coming Back
At Podiatry Care Specialists, we know that treating your condition is only half a solution. We also work with you to ensure you do not suffer a recurrence of the problem by providing:
Diagnosis. Our first step is to identify the root cause of the problem to find the most effective treatment for your foot condition.
Intervention. We take the time to listen to your concerns and implement a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle. Conservative measures such as prescription medications and topical treatments are usually suggested before more invasive procedures.
Laser treatments. Some conditions, such as plantar warts and fungal nails, can be cured with laser treatments. If your condition is not responding to medication, this may be a good option for you.
Prevention. Many skin and nail conditions will return if patients do not take proper preventive measures. We counsel our patients on the most effective ways to prevent recurrence of their conditions, helping them to stay healthy long after their course of treatment has ended.
See how good it feels to love your feet! Call our toll-free number or use our convenient online request form to request an appointment at one of our Pennsylvania locations today.