Skin and nail care is an integral part of podiatry—and keeping your skin and toenails healthy is about more than just aesthetics. Sure, comprehensive podiatric skin and nail care can help your feet look good in your favorite pair of sandals, but it can also be vital to your overall health. The skin and toenails act as natural armor, protecting the body from abrasions and open injuries that can invite dirt, bacteria, viruses, or fungi.
When a skin or nail injury or infection breaches your body's defenses, prompt, professional treatment can help you resolve issues before they have the opportunity to become more serious. Fortunately, you've come to just the right place for high-level podiatry care for painful, unsightly skin and toenail conditions in the Albuquerque Metro Area.
Skilled Care for Podiatric Skin and Nails
At New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute, our adept podiatrists are knowledgeable and experienced in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions affecting the skin and toenails. Here are just a few examples of the types of skin and nail problems we aptly address at our locations in Northeast Heights and on Albuquerque's Westside.
Corns, Calluses, and Blisters
These sores can form on your feet in response to sustained friction or pressure. Though corns, calluses, and blisters are generally harmless, they can become painful or infected. Seek professional treatment if friction sores don't respond to home care, especially if you have other health concerns, such as diabetes.
Dry, Cracked Skin
Severely dry skin isn't just unsightly – it can also be incredibly itchy and lead to painful cracks, known as fissures, that can allow bacteria and viruses to invade the body and cause infection. While not all instances of dry skin require professional care, it's important to see a podiatrist at the first sign of infection or if you have related health issues, such as peripheral neuropathy.
Sweaty, Smelly Feet
Bacteria and fungus thrive in warm, moist spaces, and when they multiply inside your shoes or on your skin, sweaty, smelly feet can result. If bad foot odor or excessive sweating negatively affect your quality of life, our skillful Albuquerque podiatrists can offer effective solutions.
A common type of fungal infection caused by the same type of fungus responsible for ringworm, athlete's foot causes a red, itchy rash and peeling skin. We can offer effective options for relief when home care and over-the-counter treatments fail to provide results.
Fungal toenail infections occur when the fungus invades an opening between the skin and the nail. As the fungus multiplies beneath the toenail, it can cause the nail to thicken, turn yellow, split, or even crumble. Professional treatment is required to resolve this condition and prevent it from spreading.
Caused by the edge of a toenail digging into the surrounding flesh as it grows, ingrown toenails are a common podiatric problem that can cause redness, swelling, tenderness, and pain. In cases where the nail breaks the skin, an infection may result. Our podiatrists offer effective treatments for ingrown toenails at every stage.
Skin growths forming on weight-bearing areas of your feet making every step uncomfortable? Plantar warts, a common podiatry issue caused by a viral infection, may be to blame. Though the growths are harmless, they can be painful. We offer a variety of advanced interventions for resolving plantar warts.
When cuts, scrapes, or blisters are slow to heal and skin starts to break down, deep sores known as ulcers can develop. Without timely professional treatment, an infection can occur and amputation may be required. Don't risk it. Our podiatrists offer skilled care for slow-healing foot wounds.
Offering Advanced Treatment Options for Skin and Toenail Issues
We offer a wide range of treatment options, including advanced therapies, such as fungal nail laser treatment, Shockwave Therapy, and MLS Laser Therapy. Whatever the podiatric skin or nail problem, our exceptional podiatrists can evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan to help your feet look and feel their best. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.