Prairie Orthopaedic offers treatment for common nerve, skin, and nail conditions in the lower extremities, including calluses, fungus, ingrown toenails, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and more.
When a toenail is incorrectly cut, the odds of the nail growing into the skin and forming an ingrown toenail are increased, but ingrown toenails can also occur when a person wears too tight or too short of shoes. The first sign of an ingrown toenail is a hard, swollen, tender, and red area around the ingrown nail, usually where the corners of the nail and skin meet.
The first step to eliminating an ingrown toenail is to soak the foot in warm water and wear comfortable shoes until the pain subsides. Reach out to a doctor if you do not see improvement in 2-3 days as the toenail can become infected.
Surgical treatment is the next treatment option. The first surgical option will be to simply remove the portion of the nail that is infected. For patients experiencing more chronic or nagging ingrown toenails, the grow center of the nail will be removed. For example, if one side of the big toe is frequently ingrown, the surgeon will remove the ingrown portion of the toenail as well as part of the growth center. The removal of the growth center will mean the removed portion will now grow back.
Plantar warts can occur anywhere in the foot but are most common in the heel. A plantar wart appears as a small lesion that hardens, thickens, and causes pain in the affected region. Plantar warts are commonly confused with a callus, as a callus usually forms over the plantar wart. But once the callus is removed, the plantar wart is revealed and black pinpoints or specks can be seen within the wart, bleeding may also occur as well.
Visit Prairie Orthopaedic if the plantar wart does not respond to treatment and if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system. The removal of the plantar wart is simple, but treatment options vary. For instance, immune therapy and laser treatment can be used. For more stubborn warts, the surgeon will numb the foot and remove the plantar wart. For the latter option, the patient will experience an indentation where the wart was removed, but scar tissue will eventually build up within a few months and replace the removed tissue.
Fungus loves warm, moist, and dark areas, making feet an optimal environment for growth. Athlete’s foot is usually scarlet red and begins between the toes, but can spread and cause itching, burning, and stinging sensations in the infected regions. Treatment is straightforward and usually involves over the counter anti-fungal medications.
Prairie Orthopaedic treats a wide range of nerve, skin, and nail conditions. Contact our offices for scheduling or if you have any questions regarding your condition.