Posts for category: Foot Conditions
Ingrown toenails are one of the most common foot problems. When a toenail is cut too short or at a curved angle, pointy or jagged edges can grow into the skin at the side of the toe (usually the big toe) after which the nail may become ingrown causing pain, swelling, redness, and infection. Although mild cases can sometimes be treated at home and heal on their own, many ingrown toenails must be treated by a podiatrist to avoid serious infections and complications, especially for people who also suffer from diabetes. If you are afflicted with this problem, please reach out to Dr. William Levy, a podiatrist in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, that provides treatment and rehabilitation solutions for a range of foot and ankle problems.
Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails are fairly easy to self-diagnose. The most common symptoms are pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness on the skin bordering the nail. Ingrown toenails may also become infected and require treatment with antibiotics and, in some cases, possibly partial removal of the ingrown portion of the nail. This possibility of additional treatment requirements is why you should see a podiatrist if your symptoms do not resolve within a few days or you first suspect infection. If left untreated, an infection can spread from the toenail to the bone, and cause other potentially serious complications. The big toe is typically the most common site for ingrown toenails, but they can develop on the other toes as well.
Although ingrown toenails are not always preventable, there are a few measures that you can take to protect your feet, such as making sure to trim the toenails straight across the nail plate and to regularly wear comfortable, supportive shoes. If you are diabetic, schedule regular check-ups with the podiatrist to avoid potential complications.
Contact Our Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL office Today!
For more information about ingrown toenail treatment and prevention, contact Armitage Podiatry Center Lincoln Park in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL today by calling (312) 266-6326 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levy.
What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!