Nail and Skin Conditions

There are many foot and ankle conditions that affect functionality, particularly issues with your bones, muscles, and the connective tissues. In the broad spectrum of potential problems that can arise in your feet and ankles, remember that your toenails and skin could also develop issues. In spite of the fact that nails and skin are on the surface and can be easily visible, these issues are not all superficial in nature.

At our Foot and Ankle Wellness Clinic offices in Los Angeles and Glendale, CA, we offer effective care for a variety of common nail and skin conditions to not only help your feet look great, but also to relieve pain or concerning symptoms.

Common Toenail Conditions

Toenails might have offered greater benefit for our ancestors than they do now in a world where feet are often sufficiently protected with footwear, but this doesn’t change the fact that they still play a role in our health. In some cases, a nail issue can be painful or cause severe discomfort. At other times, they are the source of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Either way, Foot and Wellness is your clinic for first-class toenail treatment.

Some of the common toenail conditions we treat include:

  • Ingrown toenails. This is a rather common issue that develops either when toes are jammed together in the front of shoes that are too tight and narrow, or nails are trimmed in an improper manner. They can also happen on account of physical trauma or even an inherited nail structure. The main symptoms are pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling along the edge of a nail.
  • Black toenails. In most cases, a black toenail is simply a matter of subungual hematoma, which is blood pooling between the nail and its bed. However, discolored nails should always be checked out. One of the possible causes of a black toenail is malignant melanoma. This is very rare, but also very serious and should be addressed at the earliest stage possible.
  • Toenail fungus. Fungal nails are embarrassing and can potentially pose a tremendous risk to diabetic individuals. When you observe nails that are discolored, brittle, and ragged, you may have a fungal infection and will require treatment (since the condition will not go away on its own). Our offices provide the toenail fungus care you need.

Skin Infections and Issues

Being the surface layer of the body, skin plays an essential role in protecting us from external threats. It also helps us recognize when an issue is present. Discoloration, abnormal sensations (itching, burning), and unusual warmth or coldness are all indications that a problem exists.

Specific skin issues include:

  • Athlete’s foot. This common infection is not, in spite of the name, one that only athletes develop. On the contrary, anyone who visits damp, humid environments (gym showers, locker rooms, pool decks, etc.) or wears footwear that traps in moisture could be at risk. The infection is marked by an itching, burning sensation, but is often treated successfully with over-the-counter antifungal products.
  • Plantar warts. Warts are rather commonplace, but their origins can be a mystery to some. They are the result of a viral infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV). The viral growths are not dangerous, but can cause physical discomfort and embarrassment. Also, they can be contagious and are best treated by professionals here at Foot and Wellness Clinic.
  • Dry skin. Skin that is damp or moist can increase the likelihood of fungal or bacterial infections, but excessive dryness is also an issue. Cracks and fissures from overly dry skin can allow microorganisms to enter the body and cause problems.

Professional Treatment for Nail and Skin Conditions

If you have developed any condition that is affecting the health of your toenails or the skin on your feet, Foot and Ankle Wellness Clinic is ready to help. Our CA offices provide exceptional foot care services for clients from across the greater Los Angeles and Glendale communities. You can reach us by calling (323) 937-6903 for our LA office or (818) 240-7673 to connect with our Glendale office.

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About Dr. Mancherian

At The Foot and Ankle Wellness Clinic, in Los Angeles, California and Glendale, California, Dr. Suzanne Mancherian treats patients throughout the area and provides care for ankle and foot injuries, ingrown toenails, nail replacement, neuromas, corns and calluses, laser toenail fungus treatment, prescription orthotics and plantar fasciitis.

Dr. Mancherian obtained her Bachelor’s in Political Science at the University of California-San Diego. She then went on to graduate with a degree in Biology from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. Following this, she obtained her graduate degree as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Her residency training was completed at the Veterans Affairs hospital in North Chicago specializing in Medicine and then at St. Joseph’s Hospital affiliated with Northwestern University also in Chicago, specializing in Surgery. She is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the California Podiatric Medical Association, and the Los Angeles County Podiatric

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Given the complexity of their structures and the tremendous force loads they endure on a regular basis, it is not surprising that feet and ankles can develop an array of issues. This means there is no “catch all” treatment to fix everything. Instead, podiatrists rely on various tools and techniques to provide relief from painful symptoms and restore functionality for our patients.

One of the tools we uniquely use here at Foot and Ankle Wellness Clinic to address cushioning issues and keep your feet protected is liquid silicone implantation. Let’s take a look at this effective treatment option and the various conditions and situations where it is used.

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