There are certainly many foot and ankle conditions that affect functionality, particularly issues experienced by bones, muscles, and the connective tissues. However, it is important to remember that issues can also develop in the toenails and skin. In spite of the fact that nails and skin are at surface level and easily visible, these issues are certainly not all superficial in nature.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle in Twin Falls, ID, we offer effective care for a variety of common nail and skin conditions to not only help your feet look great but also relieve painful or concerning symptoms.
Common Toenail Conditions
Toenails might have offered greater benefit for our ancestors than they do now in a world where feet are often quite protected with footwear, but this doesn’t change the fact that they still play a role in our health. In some cases, a nail issue can be painful or causes severe discomfort. At other times, they are the source of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Either way, make Advanced Foot and Ankle your choice for first-class toenail treatment.
Some of the common toenail conditions we treat include:
- Ingrown toenails. This is a rather common issue that develops either when toes are jammed together in the front of shoes that are too tight or when nails are trimmed in an improper manner. They can also happen on account of physical trauma or even an inherited nail structure. The main symptoms are pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling along the edge of a nail.
- Black toenails. In most cases, a black toenail is simply a matter of subungual hematoma, which is blood pooling between the nail and its bed, but discolored nails should still be checked out. One of the possible causes of a black toenail is malignant melanoma. This is very rare, but also very serious, and should be addressed at the earliest stage possible.
- Toenail fungus. Fungal nails are embarrassing and can potentially pose a tremendous risk to diabetic individuals. When you observe nails that are discolored, brittle, and ragged, you may have a fungal infection and will require treatment (since the condition will not go away on its own). Our offices provide the toenail fungus care you need.
Skin Infections and Issues
Being the surface layer of the body, skin plays an essential role in protecting us from external threats. Nerves in this protective layer also help us recognize when an issue is present. Discoloration, abnormal sensations (itching, burning), and unusual warmth or coldness are all indications that a problem exists.
Specific skin issues include:
- Athlete’s foot. This common infection is not, in spite of the name, one that only athletes develop. On the contrary, anyone who visits damp, humid environments (gym showers, locker rooms, pool decks, etc.) or wears footwear that traps moisture inside could be at risk. The infection is marked by an itching, burning sensation, but is often treated successfully with over-the-counter antifungal products.
- Plantar warts. Warts are rather commonplace, but their origins can be a mystery to some. They are actually the result of a viral infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV). The viral growths are not dangerous, but can cause physical discomfort and embarrassment. Also, they can be contagious and are best treated by professionals here at Advanced Foot and Ankle.
- Dry skin. Skin that is damp or moist can increase the likelihood of fungal or bacterial infections, but excessive dryness is also an issue. Cracks and fissures from overly dry skin can allow microorganisms to enter the body and cause problems.
Professional Treatment for Nail and Skin Conditions
If you have developed any condition that is affecting the health of your toenails or skin on your feet, Advanced Foot and Ankle is ready to help. Our Idaho offices provide exceptional foot care services for clients from across the greater Twin Falls and Burley communities. You can reach us by calling (208) 731-6321. If you’d prefer, you can schedule your appointment at either location online today.