Unless we are getting a pedicure, we often do not consider what our toenails look or feel like. However, nail disorders that impact your feet can cause pain, itching, and discomfort, and keep you from enjoying your summer days by wearing sandals. If you are having problems with your nail health, the podiatry staff at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists can help. We offer personalized consultations and effective treatments for a wide range of nail disorders at 4 convenient Chicago area locations in Elgin, Huntley, Schaumburg, and Montclare.
Why is toenail health important?
Fingernails and toenails were developed as an evolutionary trait that helped us pick things up and hold onto them without the hindrance of large claws getting in the way. While modern humans do not typically use their toes for such activities, we still have nails on our feet. Your toenails are important because they can protect your toes by providing a hard keratin shield over the delicate skin and bones. They also help us balance and walk by providing support to improve our sensory awareness in the toes.
What are common nail disorders?
There are many different issues a person may face with their toenails. Some of the most common include ingrown toenails, fungal infections, trauma from injuries or ill-fitting shoes, and nail plate discoloration. Some of the less common toenail disorders include clubbed nails, leukonychia, and nail-patella syndrome. Many of these issues are influenced by genetics, but implementing an appropriate hygiene routine can reduce your risk for developing a fungal infection or ingrown toenail. Toenail hygiene should include regular maintenance of the nail by trimming or filing, as well as ensuring the foot, toes, and nailbeds are dried well after a bath or swimming activity. Never walk barefoot in shared spaces if you are not certain that everyone has healthy feet.
Which nail disorders can you provide treatment for?
At Advanced Foot and Ankles Associates, we provide comprehensive care for your feet, toes, nails, and ankles. We can provide treatment to heal ingrown toenails and relieve pressure. We also offer a wide range of treatments for fungal nail infections, so you can go barefoot without fear. Our doctors believe in providing personalized attention and customized treatment for patients with nail disorders and other conditions that impact their quality of life by making walking painful. Whether you have heel pain, a sprained ankle, or bunion deformities, we can help you regain your toe and foot health, so you can get around better and enjoy wearing your favorite shoes again.
Who should see a podiatrist?
Anyone who is experiencing pain or discomfort in their feet or toes can benefit from a consultation with an experienced foot doctor. However, patients with a history of fungal toenail infections, ingrown toenails, or those who have diabetes should make sure they see a podiatrist regularly. Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to infection, which means that a simple injury or disease could lead to much more devastating complications if they are not effectively addressed quickly.
If you notice changes in the color, shape, or texture of your toenails, contact one of Advanced Foot and Ankles Specialists’ 4 offices today to schedule a consultation with an knowledgeable podiatrist who can help you understand your condition and provide you with effective treatment options.