Often buried underneath socks and utterly ignored, our toenails usually tend to escape our attention – that is, of course, until there is a problem.

But did you know that the American Podiatric Medical Association reminds us that toenails often serve as “barometers of our health” and that they “can indicate the presence or onset of systemic diseases”? It’s true! Nails that are rounded inward instead of outward can indicate an iron deficiency anemia, for instance.

That alone should help you understand the importance of caring for and paying attention to your toes!

What’s more, toenail issues can also be a source of embarrassment to many people. This is especially true if you have been dealing with a nasty toenail fungus that just won’t go away. You may even attempt to hide them under socks and shoes, taking an “out of sight, out of mind” approach, but the truth is doing so will only make matters worse.

Instead of ignoring the problem or waiting for it to resolve itself, let the experts at Advanced Foot Care help you restore your toenails back to health.

Some Common Toenail Problems

Considering everything our feet endure on a daily basis, there’s a lot that can go wrong not only in the structures within our feet, but also on the more superficial areas like our skin and toenails.

There are several common toenail problems we treat at our office, many of which are easy to prevent and treat – all you need is the right knowledge to steer clear from these issues and the right team to help you get rid of it for good (both of which we can help you with).

Ingrown Toenails

This is actually a quite common problem for both children and adults. An ingrown nail grows into the surrounding soft flesh, pushing against the skin and irritating the area.

Ingrown toenails often affect the big toes, and usually happen when nails are trimmed too short. However, wearing shoes that are too tight and press against the toenails, a recent injury, or even unlucky genetics can also cause ingrown nails.

This seemingly simple problem can easily become painful and infected if ignored, especially if the skin around the nail grows over the ingrown portion.

Fungal Toenails

This is a condition which often begins as a slight discoloration in one spot on the nail. When left untreated, the discoloration not only spreads, but the nail can become cracked and brittle as well. While it is possible to develop fungus in your fingernails, the fungi in question (onychomycosis), thrives most in dark, warm and moist environments like the inside of shoes.

Symptoms to look for are discoloration, brittleness, thickening and crumbling of the nail. If you do notice these symptoms, contact a podiatrist for examination and treatment before walking or running is impaired.

Other Conditions

Of course, there are other toenail conditions we treat at our office, including black toenails and traumatic injuries. And if you are suffering from any nail issues, we have the tools you need to get rid of them once and for all. Our Hyper Blue laser therapy can clear up fungus quickly and safely, and our doctors have extensive experience with performing toenail surgery as well.

Prevent Toenail Problems

Even better than providing you with expert treatment is helping you prevent these painful problems from arising in the first place! And if you practice good foot care habits, you should be able to steer clear from most nail conditions out there.

Below are a few easy foot care habits that will help ensure your toes are kept fresh and healthy:

  • Check your feet every day. Especially if you are living with diabetes. Look for changes in the texture and color of your toenails.
  • Practice good foot hygiene. Wash your feet on a daily basis and make sure you dry them thoroughly after you are done, paying special attention to the areas between the toes.
  • Moisturize your feet. Do so after every wash, but keep in mind that this time you should avoid the areas between your toes.
  • Wear the right shoes. When you buy shoes, make sure they have plenty of room for your toes to move freely and that they provide enough support and cushioning.
  • Trim your toenails the right way. Make sure you clip your nails straight across, and never share tools with others.
  • Alternate between shoes. Give your footwear time to dry out completely before you wear them again.

Find Expert Nail Care at Advanced Foot Care

Remember, foot and ankle problems will not go away on their own – and this is especially true when it comes to conditions like fungal nails. So, though we certainly hope you are able to steer clear from these unsightly, painful problems, we also understand that things can still happen. And when they do, you should come visit our office for the professional treatment you need and deserve.

Together, we can help keep your toes healthy and restore pride in your feet once more. Simply give our office a call at (281) 292-7000 to schedule an appointment today, or fill out our online contact form.

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