Most people have experienced something unpleasant with the skin or nails on their feet. Whether the problem is painful or simply unsightly, many people are self-conscious about their feet—especially in sunny Arizona, where people seem to live in sandals all year long.
If you often find yourself foregoing the pool for activities that do not require bare feet, you are not alone. Whether you have ingrown or fungal nails or an embarrassing skin issue, you have probably tried every over-the-counter remedy you can find. Many other people have come to the same conclusion that you are arriving at—these over-the-counter “remedies” do not remedy much.
Many people do not consider nail and skin problems worthy of going to a podiatrist—they assume that we only handle bone, nerve, and soft tissue problems. In fact, Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona offer effective solutions for a wide variety of nail and skin complaints, and can get you back to enjoying beautiful, healthy feet quickly!
Foot Woes: Common Skin & Nail Issues
Suspicious Skin Lesions and Skin Cancer
In the Valley of the Sun, vigilance is key when it comes to skin cancer prevention and treatment. Many people develop strange lesions and marks on the tops of their feet and around their nail beds, which are common places for cancer to go unnoticed. If you have a suspicious lesion, our practice offers dermatologic services for determining the presence of cancer and removing any cancerous growth.
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common nail complaints we see here, and they affect people of all ages. Most often found on the big toe, ingrown toenails occur when the edges of the nail plate begin growing abnormally and dig into the skin beside the nail. This can result in inflammation and infections that can be very painful.
Why does the nail begin growing in the wrong directions? Most commonly, people trim their big toenail too short, and round the edges as they would their fingernails. Occasionally, very tight shoes can cause ingrown nails, and some people drew the short genetic stick and are predisposed to ingrown toenails.
Corns and Calluses and Warts, Oh My
Our feet are pretty bony, and we subject them to a lot of torture, from exercise to crazy shoes. With no real padding and very thin skin, our feet have to look out for themselves; they do this by forming corns and calluses.
Calluses and corns may not be painful at first, but over time they can grow and become very uncomfortable. At-home treatments and remedies do not do much to cure them, and may even open the door for infection. If you have a corn or callus that has become a nuisance, come see us at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona today.
Plantar warts are another nuisance that can evolve into painful problems over time. Most often found in children, warts begin with a virus entering the skin on the bottom of the foot. While warts generally “want” to grow outward, pressure on the bottom of the foot can push these warts inward, which can be very painful. Alas, the duct tape cure was simply a folk remedy; to kick these warts for good, you will the need the assistance of a podiatrist.
You probably remember the silly commercial for the antifungal that was meant to treat athlete’s foot—a cartoon man with his feet on fire. While these primitive commercials were not scientific, they captured the feeling of athlete’s foot perfectly: burning and stinging.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can lead to painful blisters and cracking of the skin. The infection commonly starts between the toes, and spreads throughout the foot. It can even spread to the groin and armpits if left untreated.
Once the infection reaches places like the soles of your feet or your nail beds, it can be very difficult to eradicate. Topical medication alone cannot penetrate your nails or calloused skin, so we will prescribe a combination of topical and oral medications to attack the infection from the inside and outside.
You Do Not Have to Live With Your Painful, Embarrassing Skin and Nail Problems
Many people often try every drugstore remedy they can think of to treat their skin and nail problems before turning to us for help weeks or months later. If you have a complaint or concern about the skin and nails on your feet, call us today to schedule an appointment at our Chandler (480-963-9000) or Gilbert (480-981-1800) location.