Our Manhattan, NYC Podiatrists Can Help You With Toenail & Skin Problems
LASER FOR TOENAIL FUNGUS
Toenail fungus is an infection of the nail that enters through cracks in your mails or cuts in the skin around the nail. This can cause discoloration and/or thickening of the nail. Fungal toenail infections can persist for years without ever causing pain. The disease, characterized by a change in a toenail’s color, is often considered nothing more than a mere blemish, but it can present serious problems if left untreated. Athletes, especially those that spend a lot of time in water, people with diabetes, athlete's foot, weak immune systems, or who smoke, are all at higher risk for toenail fungus.
Treatment of toenail fungus depends on the type and severity of the infection, and often includes:
- Laser therapy for fungal toenails
- Applying a topical cream or lacquer directly to the nail
- Taking an antifungal oral medication
- Removing the damaged area of nail/skin.
- In severe cases, the nail may need to be surgically removed
The best ways to keep toenails from becoming infected is to keep the feet clean and dry, change your socks regularly, wear shoes with plenty of ventilation, and wear shower shoes in public places like locker rooms, swimming pools, and showers. If you're tired of looking at those unsightly toenails, please contact us at Grand Central Foot Care and schedule an appointment today.
INGROWN TOENAIL PAIN
At Grand Central Foot Care, many of my patients fear coming in for treatment of an infected ingrown toenail. They come in with excruciating pain and we get to send them home feeling a whole lot better.
An ingrown toenail occurs when a corner of the nail grows into the flesh of the toe, causing redness and swelling, followed by pain and often infection. Ingrown toenails can occur due to improper trimming of the toenail, trauma or genetic factors.
Treatment for ingrown toenails is performed by gently numbing the toe, and then removing the offending corner of the nail. If you have chronic ingrown toenails, we can remove the root in the office to permanently prevent re-growth of the ingrown portion of the nail.
If you have an ingrown toenail, don't be afraid to come in. Your treatment will be gentle and virtually painless, and we'll get you back to your normal activities right away.
FOOT OR ANKLE SKIN CANCER
THINK IT'S SKIN CANCER?
Have you noticed a growth or a discoloration on your foot or ankle? Has this growth changed shape or color recently?
In either case you should come in for an evaluation to let us determine if these conditions warrant treatment. Foot or ankle Melanoma (cancer (malignant tumor)) are often missed or diagnosed too late. We see these conditions every day in our practice and we are equipped to diagnose and treat these conditions quickly and effectively.
Don't put yourself at risk by ignoring these signs. Schedule a consultation so that we can safeguard you against the cancers and complications that could develop.
WARTS (PLANTAR WARTS)
At Grand Central Foot Care we offer many wart removal treatment options. Foot Warts (Plantar Warts) are a common foot condition that we treat in our practice. If you have one or more growths on the bottom of your foot that may or may not be painful, chances are it's a plantar wart.
Plantar Warts are caused by a virus. You may notice little black dots in the wart. People sometimes think these dots are splinters. They are actually the blood vessels that nourish the wart. You can get viral warts anywhere you walk barefoot, such as the local pool, karate studio, dance studio, locker room or even from a pedicure salon.
There are several treatments for plantar warts, the type of treatment received depends upon the patient's needs. Plantar warts can spread easily. If you think you have one or more plantar warts, come in immediately to have them removed before they multiply
ATHLETE'S FOOT (TINEA PEDIS)
What is Athlete's foot ((tinea pedis)? Athlete's foot is caused by a fungal infection affecting the web of skin between the toes and the soles of the foot. Symptoms typically include burning, pain, itching and scaling.
Athlete's foot is highly contagious. People pick up these fungal infections when walking barefoot on contaminated floors and object. Athlete's Foot can even be passed from person to person.
Although Athlete's foot can be treated with anti-fungal medications, you should always try to keep your feet dry, wear cotton socks and "breathable shoes".
We offer various treatments for Athlete's foot. If you think you have athlete's feet, schedule an appointment with our Foot Doctors and let us help you find relief.