Nail abnormalities are a common issue that people experience, and they can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. Fortunately, many of these issues can be resolved through proper care and treatment. At Marion County Podiatry, we have helped countless patients address nail abnormalities, and we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand this condition better.
What are Nail Abnormalities?
Some of the more common nail abnormalities seen in a podiatry office areonychomycosis, onychocryptosis (ingrown toenails), and psoriatic toenails. Some of these conditions are difficult distinguishing and should be throughouly evaluated by a podiatrist.
Q: What are nail abnormalities?
A: Nail abnormalities are any changes that occur to the nails, such as discoloration, thickening, or changes in shape or texture. These changes may be caused by various factors, such as infections, injury, underlying medical conditions, or poor nail hygiene.
Q: What are some common types of nail abnormalities?
A: Some of the most common nail abnormalities include fungal infections, ingrown toenails, psoriasis, and onychomycosis (thick, discolored nails).
Q: What are the causes of nail abnormalities?
A: Nail abnormalities can be caused by various factors, including genetics, trauma, poor nutrition, fungal infections, underlying medical conditions, and aging.
Q: How can I prevent nail abnormalities?
A: Maintaining proper nail hygiene is the best way to prevent nail abnormalities. This includes keeping your nails clean and dry, trimming them regularly, and avoiding biting or picking at them. Additionally, wearing comfortable shoes and socks that allow your feet to breathe can help prevent fungal infections.
Q: How are nail abnormalities diagnosed?
A: If you are experiencing nail abnormalities, it is essential to see a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis. Your podiatrist will examine your nails and may take a sample of the affected nail for laboratory testing.
Q: How are nail abnormalities treated?
A: Treatment for nail abnormalities depends on the underlying cause. Your podiatrist may recommend topical or oral medications for fungal infections, trimming or removing the affected nail for ingrown toenails, or using topical ointments or injections for psoriasis.
At Marion County Podiatry, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of nail abnormalities. If you are experiencing any issues with your nails, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs and help you achieve healthy, beautiful nails.