Thousand Oaks Toenail Abnormalities
Treatment for Ingrown Toenails, Hammertoes, & Fungal Infections with Newbury Park Podiatrists
At Performance Foot and Ankle, we provide diagnosis and treatment for hammertoes, ingrown toenails, fungal infections, and other toenail deformities. If you are having problems with your toe or toenail, contact us online today or call (805) 380-3152.
A hammertoe is a deformity that occurs in the joints of the toes. Hammertoes usually start out as small bends in the toe. Over time, they will continue to sew out of shape. Instead of pointing straight, the toe may now be pointing to the side or even jam itself into the side of the adjacent toe.
A hammertoe can be caused by:
- Wearing improper or poor-fitting footwear
- An injury to the toe
- Genetic factors
If left untreated, a hammertoe can become permanently bent. Hammertoes can result in the formation of other foot conditions, such as calluses or corns.
Our Thousand Oaks podiatrists employ various treatment approaches to address hammertoes, including:
- Custom Orthotics: Utilizing custom-made shoe inserts to help correct imbalances and relieve pressure on the affected toes, promoting proper alignment and reducing discomfort.
- Footwear Recommendations: Providing guidance on appropriate footwear with ample toe room and low heels to alleviate pressure and friction on the toes, preventing further aggravation of the condition.
- Physical Therapy: Suggesting specific exercises and stretches to improve toe flexibility and strengthen the muscles, promoting better alignment and reducing the severity of hammertoe deformities.
- Splinting or Taping: Recommending the use of splints or tape to help straighten and realign the affected toes, especially in the early stages of hammertoe development.
- Surgical Options: Offering surgical interventions for severe cases, our podiatrists may perform procedures such as tendon rebalancing, joint resection, or fusion to correct the deformity and relieve associated pain.
Our goal is to provide personalized and comprehensive care, tailored to each patient's unique needs, to effectively manage hammertoe conditions and improve overall foot health and function.
In the early stages, hammertoes can be treated by switching to more comfortable shoes and wearing orthotic shoe inserts. If the toe has become permanently affixed to its deformed position, you may need surgery to fix it.
You may first notice nail fungus as yellow spots under the tip of the fingernails. As the fungal infection progresses, it will degrade the integrity of the toenail, creating a cracked, flakey appearance.
In addition to distorting your nail’s appearance, fungal infections can be painful and the infection can spread to other parts of the body. Fungal infections are particularly dangerous for patients with diabetes. Poor circulation in the feet and legs is a common side effect of diabetes, and this can increase the risk of spreading infection.
It can be difficult to treat nail fungus by yourself. Be sure to have a medical professional monitor your condition so they can perform the appropriate intervention.
Toenail Fungus Removal
Experience the relief of toenail fungus removal with our skilled podiatrists. Using advanced treatment methods, we offer effective solutions tailored to your specific condition, addressing the underlying causes of fungal infections. With a focus on patient comfort and long-term foot health, our Thousand Oaks podiatrists provide comprehensive care offering successful toenail fungus removal and prevent recurrence.
What Happens If You Leave An Ingrown Toenail Untreated?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner of your toenail starts growing into flesh. As the nail grows, it cuts into the skin, rooting itself deeper and causing more pain. Also, if left untreated, you run the risk of tearing the skin, exposing you to infection that leads to pus and bad odor. In many cases, ingrown toenails can be treated at home by extracting the deformed nail. However, take care not to damage the rest of your nail, as improperly cutting an ingrown toenail can change the nail shape so that it continuously grows into the flesh. A podiatrist can remove the ingrown toenail for you and help you take steps to prevent another one from occurring. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for ingrown toenail treatment in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks or Santa Clarita.
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel bone to the toes. It commonly occurs due to overuse, strain, or repetitive stress, leading to heel pain and stiffness, especially in the morning or after prolonged rest.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Our Thousand Oaks podiatrists employ a range of effective treatments to address plantar fasciitis, including:
- Orthotic Devices: Providing custom orthotic devices to support the foot and reduce strain on the plantar fascia, promoting proper alignment and alleviating discomfort.
- Physical Therapy: Recommending specific stretching and strengthening exercises to improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles, reducing pain and preventing recurrence.
- Medications: Prescribing anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation, facilitating improved mobility and comfort.
- Shockwave Therapy: Offering shockwave therapy to stimulate healing and reduce pain in chronic cases, promoting tissue regeneration and improved function.
- Surgical Options: Providing surgical interventions for severe or persistent cases that do not respond to conservative treatments, our podiatrists may perform procedures such as plantar fascia release to alleviate symptoms and improve overall foot health.
Available to treat you at three different locations with flexible appointment times.
We strive to give you the best results possible & get you back to your active life.
Our physicians are licensed by the State of California Medical Board and certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle surgery
We use the latest in technologies and treatments to help you heal better and faster.