Foot and Toenail Conditions Are Indicators of Overall Health
We take our feet and toenails for granted. They stay shut up in shoes and socks most of the time, under our desks, chairs or blankets. It can be easy to forget that they are an important indicator of overall health and should be cared for – especially when there is a problem. Toenail conditions can be about much more than just the toenail itself. They can indicate the presence of undiagnosed disease and underlying issues such as anemia or psoriasis.
These are just a few of the toenail conditions we treat:
Black Toenail – Also known as tennis toe, this is the accumulation of blood under the nail. Not only is it unsightly but it is also painful. Click here to read more about the causes of black toenail and the recommended treatment.
Ingrown Toenails – This happens when the edge of the toenail breaks through the skin of the toe and is most common on the big toe. Ingrown toenails can be painful and escalate into a more serious problem when left untreated. Click here to learn more about treatment options for ingrown toenails.
Fungal Toenails – Also known as Onychomycosis, this condition is exactly what it sounds like – a fungal infection under the surface of the nail. Click here to see risk factors for nail fungi, causes and how we diagnosis and treat the condition.
Trimming Thick Toenails – Thick nails are a difficult condition to deal with when taking care of your feet. It’s important to be careful when trimming and caring for thick and fungal nails. Click here for instructions on properly caring for thick nails.
Safe Pedicures – Unsanitary pedicures can cause many of the above toenail conditions and put your health at risk for fungal, viral and bacterial infections. Click here to find out how to protect yourself before you risk your health with a salon pedicure.
Toenail problems can happen to anyone of any age and can range from mild to moderate and put not just your feet at risk, but your whole body health. If you have any toenail condition, be sure to treat it promptly. If it doesn’t respond to self-care at home, contact the Foot and Ankle Center in Seattle for an appointment to relieve your pain and restore your foot health.