Skin and Nail Care
For more severe deformities or in those patients who do not want the ingrown nail border to grow back, we can perform a permanent solution. After removing the offending nail border, a chemical is applied to the nail bed. This will ablate the nail matrix responsible for producing new nail tissue and will prevent the nail from growing back. Although this means recovery will take a little longer, it has a big advantage — since that edge of the nail won’t ever grow back.
Plantar WartsWarts are extremely common in young children, though anyone can get them. Although they are mostly “harmless” in a medical sense, warts can be embarrassing, and when they appear in a load-bearing location (such as the bottom of the foot), they can cause pain. Our primary treatment option for most foot warts is a chemical procedure that creates a small blister, disrupting the supply of blood to the wart. It may take up to three treatments to fully eradicate the lesion. More serious warts may require prescription medications, and very large single lesions may be best addressed by simple surgery.
Other Skin and Nail Conditions We TreatThis is not an exhaustive list, but it includes:
- Athlete’s foot. Most cases of athlete’s foot can be treated at home, but we can provide more aggressive treatments for cases that don’t respond to over-the-counter medications.
- Contact dermatitis. Skin may swell or otherwise become irritated due to an allergic reaction or other form of damage. We’ll help you identify the culprit and correct it.
- Cracked heels. Dry feet can lead to deep cracks in the thickened fatty pad around the heels. Potential complications include pain, bleeding, and infection.
- Psoriasis. Superficially similar to athlete’s foot, psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that can cause scaly red rashes on skin of the feet (and elsewhere).
- Black toenails. Trauma (whether an acute injury or repetitive small impacts) to the toe under the nail can cause cuts or bruising. Treatment may be needed to relieve the pressure and prevent infection.
- Diabetic wounds. For more information, please click here to see our webpage on diabetic foot care.
Whatever condition may be afflicting your skin or nails, contact the team at McVay Foot & Ankle for a prompt evaluation and treatment. You can reach us in Colorado Springs at 719-266-5000, or fill out our handy online contact form.
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