Your skin and nails don’t exist simply to look attractive when you wear your favorite pair of sandals. They are also an important first line of defense for your body, protecting you from cuts, abrasions, and infections.
When your skin and nails don’t look or feel as they should, don’t shy away from seeking professional care. The team at Capital Podiatry Associates excels at treating these conditions quickly and confidentially. Whether your condition is causing you pain, putting you at risk of infection, or you just find it unsightly, we are glad to help!
Foot warts are caused by a viral infection in the upper layers of skin. If they appear in areas subject to weight-bearing pressure or friction, they can be quite painful. Warts can also easily multiply and spread, and can last several months or even years without treatment, so once again we encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Several treatment remedies are available. We’ll talk you through the pros and cons of each choice so you can decide which route is best for your situation.
Athlete’s foot is a dry, scaly rash that often develops between the toes and along the soles of the feet. It’s caused by the same kinds of fungi responsible for fungal toenails, so if you have one of these conditions, you’re more likely to contract the other as well.
Many cases of athlete’s foot can be treated using an over-the-counter antifungal cream or spray. Be sure to follow the full treatment course on the label. If your athlete’s foot is not cleared or continues to return, make an appointment to see us. We can provide a stronger treatment regimen.
Corns & Calluses
Corns & calluses are areas of thickened skin that build up in response to sustained pressure or friction. Calluses tend to be wide, flat, located in weight bearing areas (such as the sole), and rarely painful. Corns tend to be shaped more like cones, with an area of soft and inflamed skin surrounding a harder “core.” They are more likely to develop on and between toes, and are more likely to be painful.
Never try to use a sharp object to remove a corn or callus on your own, especially if you have diabetes. See us if you need help safely thinning a corn or callus.
Dry & Cracked Skin
Painful dry and cracked skin can develop for many different reasons, including conditions like eczema or psoriasis, or even exposure to harsh soaps, cold weather, or other factors.
If your skin is frequently dry, cracked, or painful, give us a call—especially if you have diabetes or any other condition that puts you at greater risk of infection.