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Athlete’s Foot is a contagious fungal infection. It is most commonly contracted in moist, warm communal areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms and showers. Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot are commonly, but not always, a red rash associated with itching and burning. This can progress to dry and flakey skin that encompasses most of the foot. Fungus can, and often does, spread to the toenails, making it important to treat as early as possible.
Fungal Nails, also known as Onychomycosis, is a common condition seen in the general population. The nail bed is easily invaded by fungus, which offers almost a protective housing for it to live and grow. Nails respond by growing thick and crumbly making them difficult to treat on your own. Toenail fungus also can spread to surrounding skin and potentially lead to a secondary bacterial infection, or tinea pedis/athlete’s foot. It’s recommended you have your toenail fungus assessed and treated to ensure you maintain your healthy toenails.
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, are a condition which the corner of the nail grows into the surrounding flesh, resulting in extreme discomfort. The result is often redness, inflammation, tenderness with the possibility of it becoming infected. Causes of ingrown toenails are: improper cutting of nail, trauma, ill-fitting footwear and improper bio-mechanics. Treatment consists of having a Foot Care Nurse removing the spicule and properly cutting your nails. For persistent ingrown toe nails we offer toe nail bracing, a safe, simple, and inexpensive treatment option that can avoid surgery.
Warts, also known as verrucae, are a virus cause by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can occur all over the body, but quite commonly on the feet. It is a small growth that typically resembles a small cauliflower, however many different visual variations exist. Warts are contagious and are typically contracted from communal areas such as gyms and pools. The most common reasons people seek treatment for warts are that they are painful and unsightly. Typically, most warts will resolve with time; however, warts tend to be more stubborn on our feet and become more difficult to treat the longer they have been present for.
Arthritis comes in all shapes and forms, affecting millions of Canadians every year. The most common types of Arthritis are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis. Symptoms typically include a dull, achy pain and irregular joint stiffness. Arthritis is a progressive condition and can be treated at all stages. In the foot, the big toe is the most affected area. Custom foot orthotics can slow the progression of arthritis as well as help to alleviate the pain.
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and often visible as “popping out” of the skin. The purpose of veins is to transfer blood back to your heart after it has been used by your body. Veins contain small valves that prevent the backflow of blood. Over time, these valves can become damaged and cause blood to pool. Also, your muscles act as a pump pushing the blood back toward our heart, and if these muscles become weak, unused or damaged, blood will also pool in the veins. This increase in pressure can be painful and also cause some blood to leak out of the veins and cause various skin conditions such as eczema and hemosiderin deposits. Varicose veins are often accompanied with swelling of the lower limb. A great treatment option involves compression stockings/elastic support stockings. There are many different options available to you for compression stockings, and to be done properly, they require taking many measurements. Contact us for an assessment and determine if compression stockings are right for you.