Treatments for Toenail and Foot Skin Diseases
Problems with your toenails and the skin on your feet are quite common. Toenail fungus alone affects about 10% of the population. There are other common disorders that cause discomfort as well. Some are common to certain populations such as athletes or the elderly, while others may be a factor of lifestyle or due to a medical condition such as diabetes.
Some of the more common toenail and skin disorders include:
Many problems can be eliminated or avoided with proper foot care; however, some issues with your feet may be more difficult to avoid. For these you will need to seek treatment.
Common Causes of Toenail and Skin Disorders
Many people avoid seeking medical attention for foot problems until the pain becomes unbearable. For example, an ingrown toenail can cause excruciating pain and interfere with your ability to walk comfortably. Ingrown toenails can be caused by improper trimming of the toenail. Genetics may also be a factor. Some individuals experience trauma to the toe, which results in an ingrown nail.
People who are prone to sweaty feet may be plagued with toenail fungus. You can become infected with a fungal toenail infection by walking barefoot in the gym, wearing wet shoes or from nail salons. The organisms that cause the fungus to grow in and under the toenail and can stay in your nails for years.
Walking barefoot makes you vulnerable to other conditions in addition to toenail fungus. Plantar warts are caused by a virus that can be picked up when you walk barefoot. Common places for contracting these warts include nail salons, dance studios, karate studios, locker rooms and other places where you may walk barefoot.
Corns and calluses are a common disorder. These hardened, thick layers of skin develop as a result of friction and pressure. In addition to being unsightly, they can cause discomfort. People with diabetes have a greater risk of developing complications from this condition in their feet due to poor circulation.
Some problems with your toenails and skin can be resolved by making a few minor changes, such as always making sure your feet are covered and dry, or wearing shoes that do not rub against your feet. When you have a problem with your toenails or skin that is unsightly or causing you pain or discomfort, contact Dr. Stuart Mogul to schedule an appointment for an examination. Stop suffering with your foot malady, and get treatment from one of New York’s finest foot and ankle surgeons.