Athletes’ foot is a type of fungal infection to the skin of the feet caused by the fungus Tinea Pedis. It gains it’s name by being common in athletes who share locker rooms and shower facilities and who commonly have sweaty socks and feet from competing in athletics.
Usually described as a “big bump” on the side of your big toe, a bunion deformity is one of the most common foot deformities that a Podiatrist will see. This unsightly prominence in your foot may not be painful, at first, but untreated it can cause pain and discomfort and even prohibit you from wearing some of your favorite shoes.
When people think of diabetic health issues they often think of heart, kidney or eye problems. However, the #1 reason for hospitalizations among diabetics are diabetic foot infections.
How do you tell if you have flat feet or collapsed arches? There really isn’t a “perfect” foot type. More Americans have symptoms of flat collapsed arches than high arches. Flat feet and collapsed arches can be caused by different things.
Are your toes starting to make your feet look more like a claw? Do you have a buckling in your toes making it painful to wear your shoes? A hammertoe is most likely the culprit. A hammertoe is an abnormal flexing at the joints of any of the toes.
High sugar content in the blood deteriorates the nerves of the feet, often resulting in painful numbness called neuropathy. The big problem here is that diabetic patients lose their protective sensation.
Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis
One of the most common foot problems encountered is a painful heel on the bottom of the foot. This pain is commonly worse with the first step after rest (i.e. First step in morning or getting out of bed during the night). This is commonly known as Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain.
The complaint of ugly toenails is one of the most common problems in Podiatry. Discolored, thickened toenails can be caused from anything from trauma to fungal infections, which is the most common reason. At Foot and Ankle Specialists of The Woodlands you can rest assured that it is or is not fungus as we take a nail clipping and send it to be tested for fungus. Treatments for toenail fungus include using topical anti-fungal medicines composed of 1% Tolnaftate and 47% Urea. This treatment is supplemented with a Biotin, Iron and Zinc multivitamin to help the nail grow healthy. For a cosmetic treatment for fungal toenails, FAS The Woodlands offers the Keryflex procedure. This utilizes a medical grade enamel to cover the unsightly nail with a more cosmetically pleasing artificial nail.
Painful edges and corners of the toenails are often the source of torment in all ages and types of feet. As the nail grows out from the base it can often become trapped under the skin resulting in a painful ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails are the cause of much torment as many people attempt to remove the ingrown nail border by cutting the corner of the toenail. This results in a sharp point causing an ingrown toenail closer to the nail base. Attempts to treat the ingrown nail often fail resulting in the need for an office visit. For ingrown toenails, a quick procedure can be done to either temporarily or permanently remove the ingrown toenail border. With the toe numb, the ingrown toenail edge (usually only 1-2mm of visible nail) is cut and removed. At this point, an optional chemical treatment can be applied to prevent the ingrown toenail edge from regrowing. Ingrown nails can occur for different reasons, but are treated the same. At FAS The Woodlands, you can find quick relief from these painful, pesky ingrown toenails. For a video of the ingrown toenail removal procedure click here.
This list is of more common conditions and is not meant to be comprehensive. For more information contact us.