Keep the skin and nails on your feet healthy and pain-free with the help of a podiatrist in the Sutter Health network. In addition to trimming toenails and inspecting your feet for problems, your podiatrist will:
- Recommend Self-Care — Depending on your needs, this may include daily check-ups of your feet, weekly moisturizing, regular foot baths, changing shoes, and more.
- Remove Corns and Calluses — These areas of thickened skin, which usually develop due to skin irritation, can be shaved off with a scalpel.
- Remove Warts — Warts, caused by a virus, can be removed surgically or with cryotherapy.
- Treat Ingrown Toenails — Nails sometimes grow into the side of the toe, typically as a result of cutting them too short or rounded at the top. The podiatrist can trim away the nail section that is causing problems. Acutely infected ingrown toenails are typically treated with temporary measures to help stabilize the nail and improve the infected area before progressing toward a more sustainable solution.
- Treat Fungal Infections — If a toenail fungus is not very advanced, you may only need a topical medication. If it is more advanced, the doctor might suggest an oral medication, typically taken for several months.