Help for Feet Haunted by Nail and Skin Conditions
Imagine, if you would, a pair of normal feet, in a normal home. A pair of feet just like yours, perhaps.
They spend their lives happily walking, happily swimming, even happily wearing sandals whenever they wish.
Until IT comes.
Well, not “IT” like the scary killer clown. By “it,” we’re referring to the creeping, crawling, invasions of nail and skin conditions on the feet.
Sometimes you can fight them and think you’ve won. But they come back. They always seem to come back. Some just refuse to die in the first place!
What are you to do against some of the horrors that can haunt your feet? Fortunately, you’re not going into the dark alone. The experts at Waukesha Foot Specialists have some tips for a variety of nail and skin problems, as well as signs for when you should come in and get some professional help for the problem.
Plaguing Plantar Warts
The bad news is that plantar warts can take a long time go away on their own. A wart is a viral infection just beneath the skin of the feet, and it will live out its life if you do nothing to combat it. In many cases, plantar warts can last a year or more!
The good news is that plantar warts are not usually harmful or painful. Keeping them on your feet will probably not lead to any serious consequences. Of course, you will have to deal with their unsightly appearance, and you wouldn’t want to pass them on to your family, either.
Home remedies have a rather dubious record. Some swear by certain methods, but there is very little evidence to support any of them. Getting your warts treated by a podiatrist is still the best recommendation.
There are some cases where you should not wait to receive professional treatment, though. Please contact us promptly if:
- You have diabetes and have developed a case of plantar warts.
- Your warts are in areas of the feet that are causing you pain.
Insidious Ingrown Toenails
An ingrown toenail once in a great while is usually not something to greatly fear. But if an ingrown toenail just keeps coming back over and over like Friday the 13th sequels, something is definitely wrong.
Recurring ingrown toenails may happen for several reasons. It might be a result of your footwear being too tight and compressing the toes. In other cases, improper toenail cutting (rounding the edges too much) can make toenails tend to curve inward.
If you are trimming your toenails straight across and have enough room in your toe boxes, but ingrown toenails persist? It’s time to see us and get to the root of the problem. You might be genetically predisposed to having ingrown nails. If that’s the case, the best solution may be permanent removal of part or all of the nail.
Creepy Corns and Calluses
Rough, tough corns and calluses on the feet are the result of friction upon the skin. They are the body’s way of building up a shield to protect itself, but that doesn’t make the situation any less unappealing!
In most cases, getting rid of the source of friction will eventually eliminate the rough spots. This may mean changing your footwear, but sometimes an imbalance in foot structure can cause more pressure than necessary in certain parts of the foot, leading to corns and calluses.
If changing your footwear and moisturizing does not help your calluses and corns over time, give us a call. We can help you get to the root cause and treat it effectively. This might mean the use of custom orthotics to redistribute weight more naturally over the feet, or using proper techniques with pumice stones or other products.
A little foot odor is not uncommon, and in many cases can be manageable at home.
If smelly, sweaty feet tend to be problematic, then taking some of the following measures may help:
- Switching socks midway through the day.
- Cleaning shoes regularly and deodorizing them daily.
- Switching between pairs of shoes to give a previously worn pair at least 24 hours to air dry.
- Using deodorizing powders on your feet and in socks (but do not overdo it, as this can cause excess dryness and irritation).
For some people, however, excessive sweating and odor is a big problem. Conservative measures such as those above may not be enough to do the trick, and more advanced medicines and treatments may be needed.
Find Help for Skin and Nail Problems When You Need It!
Problems such as warts, corns, and foot odor can come with an embarrassing stigma (and we didn’t even go into fungal toenails!). But that sort of feeling should not prevent you from coming to us for the help you deserve.
We’re not scared of whatever condition you have to throw our way. Believe us: we’ve seen it all, and we’ve likely seen it much worse. We don’t want you to have to hide your feet from the world; we’d rather you have you striking out confidently to a happier ending!
Would you like to schedule an appointment with us? Give us a call at (262) 544-0700 and we will set you up with one right away! If contacting us electronically is more your thing, please feel free to fill out our online contact form instead. A member of our staff will reach out to you.