Issues with the nails are some of the most common reasons for a trip to your friendly neighborhood podiatric specialist. We see everything from nail blisters to bone spurs come walking (pun intended) through our doors. Here is a quick cheat sheet of some of the signs and symptoms of the common ailments that we see. All due respect to WebMD of course.
Ingrown nails: We see these every day. They can range from mild discomfort when you wear a certain pair of shoes, to a full-blown infected toe. Signs that something is wrong usually start very subtly; so coming in for an evaluation at the first sign of trouble is the surest way to prevent a more involved visit. Ingrown nails will often become chronic if they are not properly treated (aka pedicures), so the sooner you schedule, the sooner we can get you pain-free.
Fungus: Also something we see every day, many times throughout the day. Our feet live in our shoes. Days, weeks, months and even years (gross) of sweat collect on the insoles and serve as the perfect environment for fungus to grow: damp, dark and moist. With a proper diagnosis, we can offer cutting-edge treatments and kick that fungus to the curb!
Pincer nails: These can occur for many reasons, but they always present in the office with the same complaints. The patient notices their nails have an extreme curve, which will cause pain and often infection on the sides where the nail meets the skin.
Onychodystrophy: This is the fancy doctor way of saying, “thickened nails.” Impressive, I know. Often, we will come across a nail that is misdiagnosed as having a variant of fungus or other pathology and doesn’t improve with treatment. Fear not loyal reader, we have many tricks up our sleeves to help your nails look as normal as possible.
Psoriasis: Often, one of the manifestations of autoimmune disease is seen in the peripheral tissues of the hands and feet. Always be sure to tell your podiatrist everything about your medical history, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
This is just a small taste of the most common things we treat on a daily basis. The take-home message is the same though. Come on in!
And eat your heart out WebMD.