A bunion is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe.
In more severe cases when the big toe joint is unable to move at all, the condition is called hallux rigidus (rigid big toe joint).
A tailor’s bunion (bunionette)is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the outside of the foot near the little toe.
A callus is an area of thickened skin located on the bottom of the foot, in most cases on the ball of the foot and/or heel.
Hammer Toes occur when the tendons and ligaments around the toes become contracted and the toes take on a “claw-like” appearance.
A soft corn forms between the toes when the bony prominence known to doctors as the “condyle” of a toe rubs against the condyle of the adjacent toe while walking.
The most common cause of thick toenails is a fungus infection similar or identical to the fungus that causes “athlete’s foot.”
An Ingrown Toenail occurs when the side of a toenail begins to cut through the surrounding skin which is referred to by doctors as the ungualabia or “nail lip.”
Morton’s Neuroma occurs when one of the nerves on the bottom of the foot becomes “pinched” between two adjacent metatarsal bones or the base of the bones of two adjacent toes.
EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. “Extracorporeal” means “outside the body.”
Heel pain is usually caused by acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure located on the bottom of the foot.
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The most common cause of thick toenails is a fungus infection similar or identical to the fungus that causes “athlete’s foot.” The nail usually takes on a yellowish cast and may be difficult to cut. The problem usually becomes painful when closed shoes are worn since the thick nail is pressed down into the skin underneath. Although the big toe (hallux) is most commonly affected, the nails of the other toes are also often involved.
In some cases, this problem may be best treated with oral and/ or topical anti fungal medicine. In other cases, Laser surgery may be the best option. There are two corrective methods commonly used at Laser Foot Surgery Specialist. The more common one involves aiming the Laser at the nail plate and nail root in an effort to kill the fungus germs so the nail plate will grow out normally.
In more severe cases, the affected thick toenail is removed and a chemical and Laser beam are used to dissolve the entire nail root so that the thickened nail will not grow back. No skin incisions are made using either technique.