If your feet are suffering from skin and nail conditions, Advanced Foot Care And Orthotics, serving Hamilton, ON, can help. We treat a wide range of conditions that can result in anything from irritation to serious pain. If you’re suffering from any of the conditions below, or would like to learn more about the treatments we offer, we invite you to contact us today for an appointment.
This is a fairly common condition, most often affecting the big toe. Causes can include overly tight footwear or improper nail trimming. Many treatments are simple and can be done at home, but on some occasions surgery may be required.
When ill-fitting footwear repeatedly rubs against the skin, it can cause blisters to form. Blisters should be washed daily and protected by moleskin pads to prevent further irritation. If a blister breaks, it should be covered with a sterile bandage until it has time to heal.
Corns & Calluses
These are caused by a shoe repeatedly rubbing an area of the skin of the foot until it thickens. Corns are usually found on the toes, while calluses can be found on dry areas of the body and feet. Self-care can be employed to soften them, but if they are painful they may require a specialist’s treatment.
Technically these are soft calluses, and are usually found between a pair of toes. They are caused by the pressure of a bony spur on the next toe over, brought on by tight shoes squeezing the toes together. Once again, self-care may be enough, but if it gets bad enough surgery may be necessary to remove the bony spur.
Warts generally require a doctor’s care, and though they may seem at first like hard or painful calluses, they are actually a viral skin infection. They can be difficult to get rid of, so please see your chiropodist.
A fungal infection, this condition can often be treated through the use of antifungals and foot powders that help reduce moisture. Scratching will only spread the infection, so be careful to avoid it. If self-care doesn’t work, you may need professional assistance.