Frequently Asked Skin and Nail Conditions Questions

Certain skin and nail conditions can leaving wondering - the Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida have the answers to those questions. If you need more information, reach out to our office today or schedule an appointment.
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  • How do I get rid of a black toenail?

    Healthy FeetBlack toenail treatment will vary based on the patient, severity of the condition, and root cause. To start, it is important to emphasize the need for you to make an appointment with Foot and Ankle Associates of Florida so our doctors can accurately diagnose and evaluate your case. Most black toenails are not serious, but it is best to be cautious and let our podiatrists rule out that your black toenail is not caused by a serious condition.

    When you come into one of our offices, there are a variety of treatment options. We may drain blood that has pooled under the nail (subungual hematoma) with a sterile, large-gauge needle. Another possibility we have is to burn a hole in the nail with a device so the blood can drain. In some cases—particularly if the nail is falling off—we might need to remove the nail.

    If your nail has started falling off, you can cover it with a sterile bandage until you come see us at one of our five Florida offices (Lake Mary, Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Tavares, and Kissimmee). Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) for additional information or to request an appointment.

  • How do blisters form?

    BlistersWhen we look at how blisters form, the best starting point is with the anatomy of the skin. We only see the surface, but skin actually has several layers, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis (which is also called subcutaneous). When your skin is subjected to friction from something rubbing against it, the outer layers of skin can separate from inner layers. If this happens, the body responds by filling the space between the separated layers with a fluid called serum.

    Serum comes from other body tissues and is used to protect the damaged area while the body works to repair it. As the fluid fills in, a skin bubble forms.

    Blisters can develop anywhere on the body, but tend to be most commonly found on feet and hands, since these areas are more frequently subjected to the friction needed to cause a blister.

    For more information about blisters, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). If you need treatment at any of our Orlando, Lake Mary, Tavares, Kissimmee, or Altamonte Springs, FL offices, simply request your appointment over the phone or via our online form today.

  • What is the itching and burning between my toes?

    In many cases, burning and itching between toes is an indication of athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). This is a common fungal infection, one that is easily contracted. The offensive fungus simply needs a warm, damp environment to thrive, and this can accurately describe a foot encased in a sock and shoe.

    Itching and pain between the toesIf you are experiencing a burning or itching sensation between your toes, you should check to see if it is accompanied by a red, scaly rash. Should the sensation start to spread across more of your foot, it makes it even more likely that you have contracted this fungal infection.

    Men are more likely than women, and older individuals are more likely than younger ones, to experience this infection. That said, people of all ages and both genders have contracted athlete’s foot. While some people have success with over-the-counter products, many others find that they simply do not work.

    For additional information on the itchy, burning sensation between your toes, or for professional treatment, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. Call us at 407-339-7759, or if you call from Lake County dial 352-589-9550, and our staff will be ready to assist you. You can also request an appointment for any of our five Florida offices online right now.