Treating Skin and Nail Conditions
Some people place great stock in keeping their feet and toenails looking great, and that is more than a valid goal—especially if you’re a fan of more open footwear.
However, taking care of your skin and nails is not only about aesthetics. It can be about your comfort, mobility, and avoidance of infection as well. So when a problem arises, don’t hesitate to seek expert treatment.
Our office treats a wide variety of skin and nail conditions. Learn more about just a few of them below.
Fungal Toenail Infections
A case of toenail fungus can be an extremely stubborn condition to treat. By the time most people notice an infection, it has already taken up hold within the nail tissue. The consequences are discolored, thick, crumbly nails that sometimes have a faintly foul odor to them.
Fungal toenails can be treated via topical ointments, anti-fungal medications, and/or laser therapy. The sooner the condition is identified and treatment started, the better and faster ultimate results tend to be. Catching this condition in its earliest stages (when you might see some white dots or streaks that don’t go away or grow in size) is most ideal.
Athlete’s Foot is another fungal infection. Although it takes place on the skin, it is closely related to fungal toenails. In fact, many of the same types of fungi that cause fungal nails can also cause athlete’s foot, and can spread between toenails and skin!
This condition can cause an itchy, scaly rash, often between the toes or on the soles of the foot. This can be accompanied with cracking, burning, stinging, and wetness. In other words, it’s not a lot of fun.
If your athlete’s foot does not start clearing up after a couple days of home treatment, give us a call.
An ingrown toenail is often little more than a minor pain that can be effectively treated at home. However, there are certain situations when professional attention should be provided.
If your ingrown toenail is especially painful, shows signs of infection, or just keeps coming back no matter what you do, give us a call! If you live with diabetes, we also recommend contacting us if you get an ingrown toenail (or find any other skin or nail conditions, for that matter).
Warts on the feet are not often an immediate concern, although some can develop in places that become painful to bear weight upon. However, many people do not want to wait for a case of plantar warts to go away on its own, which can take a year or more to happen.
If you want to clear up a case of plantar warts quicker, give us a call. We can help.
Wounds and Suspicious Lesions
Wounds, sores, and other abnormalities on the feet are not items to ignore. This counts double if you live with diabetes, as complications from the disease can cause these problems to grow worse much more quickly and increase their likelihood of becoming infected.
Our practice specializes in wound care and treatment, including advanced grafting methods such EpiFix. Never wait to contact us if a wound or other suspicious spot on your foot is refusing to clear up.
Help for All Skin and Nail Conditions
If your problem doesn’t seem to match anything here, don’t worry. We handle much more than this, and will be happy to take a look. The key to effectively handling any condition is getting to the root of the issue and addressing it with the best treatments possible!
Don’t let skin and nail conditions ruin your comfort, confidence, and quality of life. Our Enumclaw office is ready to hear from you. Give us a call at (360) 761-1285 or fill out our online contact form.