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Wichita Podiatrist Dr. Benjamin Weaver Provides Comprehensive Solutions for Nail and Skin Conditions Affecting Your Feet

At Central Kansas Podiatry Associates, we understand that nail and skin conditions can be embarrassing as well as uncomfortable. Fortunately, experienced Wichita podiatrist Dr. Benjamin Weaver can help you get feet that look and feel great.

Nail and Skin Conditions We Treat

Pressure, friction, and exposure to moisture can result in a wide range of nail and skin issues affecting the feet. Let’s look at some of the conditions we most often treat in our Wichita podiatry office.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot typically occurs in damp and communal environments such as gym showers, pools, and locker rooms. Symptoms include persistent itch, a burning sensation, and cracked skin between the toes or on the soles of the feet. To combat this, we prescribe both topical and oral antifungal medications tailored to the severity of the infection. We also emphasize the importance of keeping your feet dry and clean, using antifungal powders, and avoiding barefoot walking in communal areas to prevent the recurrence of the infection.

Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses often stem from wearing ill-fitting shoes or specific walking habits. Excess friction and pressure lead to the development of thick, hardened layers of skin, which might be painful when pressure is applied. Our treatment approach includes careful trimming of the hardened skin to provide relief. For some patients, custom orthotics might be suggested to redistribute foot pressure more evenly.

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers appear as open sores or wounds and can lead to severe complications if not properly managed. Our foot care office provides advanced wound care techniques and meticulous infection management. We also focus on educating our patients about proper foot care and regular monitoring to detect any early signs of complications.

Dry, Cracked Skin

Dry, cracked skin on the feet can arise from various factors, including exposure to dry air, inadequate foot care routines, and prolonged periods of standing. This can lead to flaky, itchy skin with painful cracks that might bleed or become infected if left untreated. Our treatment plan includes the application of moisturizing creams and specialized ointments designed to hydrate and repair the skin.

Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal nail infections are typically caused by a fungus that invades the nail bed, leading to discolored, thickened, and sometimes painful nails. Our treatment regimen includes topical and oral antifungal medications, chosen based on the infection's severity and the patient's overall health. For more severe infections, laser therapy may be recommended. This treatment method targets the fungus without damaging the surrounding nail and skin.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, often caused by improper nail trimming or the pressure from tight shoes, can cause pain, redness, and swelling around the nail. We can remove or correct the ingrown portion of the nail. Our office also focuses on preventive care, educating patients on proper nail-trimming techniques and helping them select the right shoes for their needs.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), are painful growths or lumps on the soles of the feet. These warts can be uncomfortable, especially when walking, and may spread if not treated. Our treatment options for plantar warts include cryotherapy, which freezes the wart tissue, and laser therapy, a more advanced technique that targets and destroys the wart without harming the surrounding skin.

What to Expect When You Visit Our Wichita Podiatry Office

When you visit Central Kansas Podiatry Associates with a nail or skin concern, you can expect a warm, welcoming environment. Dr. Weaver, an experienced foot care specialist, will conduct a thorough examination, discuss your symptoms, and provide a personalized treatment plan designed to address your specific needs.

Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and treatments, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care. We understand that each patient's journey is unique, and we're committed to walking with you every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.