Several diseases can affect the skin and toenails, from fungal infections, corns, and warts to ingrown toenails.
For most people, these conditions are minor and can be treated at home. Some conditions, however, can become severe to the point of being painful. When topical medications aren’t enough, it may be time to seek professional treatment.
Princeton Orthopaedic Associates can treat several types of skin and nail ailments, alleviating your pain and returning your foot to its normal appearance.
Skin and toenail ailments can vary. Some are the result of fungal or bacterial infections. Over-the-counter medications and cream often help, but in more severe cases, a prescription may be needed.
Many patients suffer from ingrown toenails, where the corners of the nail dig into the surrounding soft tissue and cause irritation and swelling. Thickening nails can also cause irritation to surrounding tissue.
Corns, calluses, and warts are growths or hardening of the tissue, usually on the bottom of the foot or on the toes. These can make it painful to walk or even wear shoes.
Most people can be treated by oral medications or topical ones. Those with severe conditions may consider laser treatment or surgery. Severe infections with ingrown toenails or tissue afflictions may require removal of the toenail or skin lesion. In some cases, laser treatment can repair the damage. In others, traditional surgery may be necessary.
Surgery is usually minimally invasive and often can be performed on an outpatient basis. In many cases, there are usually few or no side effects, and downtime is often minimal. After surgery, we work with you to ensure your feet stay healthy, including working with you to recommend proper footwear. Keeping your feet clean and wearing proper footwear are the best ways to keep such ailments from returning.