Your skin and nails serve a very important purpose—and it's not just to look good in your favorite pair of sandals. They're actually an essential first line of defense for your body, protecting you from cuts, abrasions, and infections.
When your skin and nails don't look or feel as they should, professional care can make all the difference. At Capital Podiatry Associates, our experts excel at treating podiatric skin and nail conditions quickly and confidentially. Whether the issue in question is causing you pain, putting you at risk of an infection, or you just find it embarrassing, we can help.
We Treat a Wide Range of Common Skin and Nail Conditions
Our highly skilled podiatrists help patients resolve skin and nail problems to restore the health and appearance of their feet. Here are some of the most common conditions we treat at our Alexandria practice.
Ingrown toenails occur when the edge or corner of a nail digs into the surrounding flesh. This condition can cause extreme tenderness and pain and can also lead to serious infections. Although mild cases can sometimes be successfully treated at home, professional treatment provides proven results. We offer a safe, simple, same-day procedure to painlessly remove the ingrown part of the nail and can even prevent it from growing back if the condition has become a recurring problem.
When a fungus infects the toenails, it can make them thick, crumbly, and ragged and turn them brownish, grayish, or yellowish in color. Unfortunately, this unsightly condition does not go away on its own and can even spread from toe to toe if left untreated. Professional care can stop fungal infections in their tracks. Depending on your situation and health needs, we may recommend oral antifungals, topical medications, or a combination of therapies.
Caused by a viral infection in the upper layers of the skin on the feet, plantar warts are unsightly growths that can be quite painful if they form in areas that are subject to weight-bearing pressure or friction. The warts multiply and spread easily, and the infection can last for months—or even years—without treatment. We offer a broad range of effective remedies and can help you determine which best meets your needs and lifestyle.
Athlete's foot is a dry, scaly rash that often develops between the toes and along the soles of the feet. Caused by the same kinds of fungi responsible for fungal toenails, having one of these conditions can increase your risk for contracting the other. In many cases, Athlete's foot can be successfully treated at home by using an over-the-counter antifungal cream or spray. (Make sure to complete the full course of treatment according to package instructions.) However, when OTC medications fail to provide results, we can prescribe a stronger, more effective treatment regimen.
Corns & Calluses
Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin that build up in response to sustained pressure or friction. While calluses tend to be wide, flat, located in weight-bearing areas like the sole, and are rarely painful, corns are shaped more like cones, with an area of soft, inflamed skin surrounding a harder core. Unlike calluses, corns are more likely to develop on—and between—toes and can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Never try to use a sharp object to remove a corn or callus on your own, especially if you have diabetes. Instead, see us for safe and gentle professional treatment.
Dry & Cracked Skin
Painful dry and cracked skin can develop for many different reasons, including conditions like eczema or psoriasis, or even exposure to harsh soaps, cold weather, or other factors. If your skin is frequently dry, cracked, or painful, we can help. Professional skincare is especially important if you have diabetes or any other condition that puts you at greater of infection.
Ulcers & Wounds
Non-healing ulcers on the feet or legs are a major medical emergency, particularly for those with diabetes, circulatory problems, or neuropathy. The longer you let a wound go untreated, the greater the chances of contracting a severe infection that could ultimately lead to amputation. Don't risk it. Our office provides exceptional wound care services to help patients heal as quickly as possible and protect their long-term health and mobility.
Take the First Step Towards Healthier, Happier Skin & Nails
Don't let shame over unsightly skin and nail conditions hold you back and prevent you from living your best life. Skin and nail care is a vital part of your overall health care, and no issue is "too embarrassing" or "too minor" for treatment. Let us help restore your health, appearance, and confidence. Contact us online or call our Alexandria office at (703) 560-3773 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.