We can all notice summer in Louisiana is here! It is time to get your feet ready for sand and sandals. Here are a few to look for as we get ready for the summer adventures!
If you are noticing a bony bump at the base of your big toe, you most likely have a bunion. Or you might notice your bunion has grown since last summer, that is true! Bunions grow over time and become more painful the longer they go without treatment. There are many conservative therapies including but not limited to; ice therapy, cortisone injections, changes in shoe gear and custom arch supports. To truly “fix” a bunion, it must be treated surgically. Contact our office if you notice a bunion to figure out the best treatment for you.
Does your toenail have a little discoloring, thickened, or crumbling on the edges? Chances are you have toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can cause major issues and be unattractive in your summer sandals. There are many different routes you can take for treatment. There are home remedies available, although they will not be as effective of a treatment option for a more serious infection. Home remedies can include Tea Tree Oil or soaking the infected toe in Listerine, along with many remedies available at most drug stores. If these remedies are not helping, contact our office to make an appointment for a more serious treatment plan.
Corns and Calluses
Thick patches of skin that are rough and raised are signs of corns and calluses. This is your foots way of protecting itself from irritation and pressure from your footwear. If going untreated, they can become uncomfortable and present pain. By visiting a podiatrist, they will trim down the skin with a scalpel and may apply padding to off weight and recommend different shoe brands that will cause less pressure to the affected area. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to help with your corns and calluses.