Most people want their feet to look good and feel good, too. Unfortunately, your feet do a lot and working so hard puts them at risk for a number of common podiatric problems. While many such problems involve the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments inside the feet, others affect what's on the outside, specifically your skin and toenails, causing discomfort, embarrassment, or both.

Taking good care of your feet is important, and skin and nail care is essential to maintaining podiatric health. After all, healthy skin and toenails do more than just make your feet look nice naked—they serve as a protective barrier against injuries and infection-causing bacteria. Proper at-home self-care, regular appointments with a skilled podiatrist, and prompt professional treatment for skin or toenail conditions can help keep your feet looking and feeling their best.

Is a painful or unsightly skin or nail issue making every step miserable, or making you too ashamed to wear your favorite sandals or go barefoot? Are you in need of a knowledgeable, experienced, and empathetic podiatrist who can provide solutions for relieving discomfort and restoring appearance? You've come to just the right place.

Comprehensive Care for Skin and Toenails

At Optimum Podiatry, we offer the comprehensive care your feet need to thrive. Our adept podiatrist, Dr. Alvin Cowans, provides routine care for skin and nails, as well as treatment for injuries and other concerns. Here are some of the most common skin and toenail issues we address at our Powder Springs practice.

Ingrown Toenails

When the edge of a nail grows into the surrounding skin, redness, pain, and even infection can result. Professional treatment for ingrown toenails can help prevent them from becoming a recurring problem.

Fungal Toenails

A fungal infection can cause nail thickening, discoloration, and discomfort. Treatment is necessary to relieve symptoms and prevent the infection from spreading from toe to toe.

Corns and Calluses

Thickened skin can develop on parts of the feet that are subject to sustained pressure and friction. Our podiatrist can remove corns and calluses, when necessary, and help patients identify and correct the source of the irritation.

Plantar Warts

A viral infection in the skin's upper layers can cause unsightly, painful warts that can multiply and spread with ease. Without proper treatment, these stubborn infections can persist for months or even years.

Athlete's Foot

Caused by the same type of fungi that causes fungal toenails, Athlete's foot is a dry, flaky rash with symptoms that include pain and itching. When home or over-the-counter remedies fail to provide results, professional treatment may be necessary.

Bacterial Infections

A bacterial infection can cause the skin to become red and painful. This type of infection often affects the skin surrounding the toenails and requires prompt medical attention.

Dry and Cracked Skin

Dry, cracked skin isn't just uncomfortable. In some cases it can lead to sores, bleeding, or even infection. Professional podiatric care for persistent dry, cracked skin is particularly important for diabetic patients.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body and the foot is no exception. Our adept podiatrist provides skilled treatment for melanomas, basal cell carcinomas, and squamous cell carcinomas that develop on feet.

We can also provide treatment for blisters, discolored or black toenails, and sweat or odor issues.

We Offer Conservative to Advanced Treatments for Podiatric Skin and Nail Conditions

Optimum Podiatry is committed to providing patients with gentle, effective treatments that deliver the desired results. From routine podiatric care such as toenail trimming and corn or callus removal to advanced solutions like laser therapy for fungal nails and KeryFlex Nail Restoration, we have a treatment option that's sure to meet your unique needs. Ready to find out how Dr. Cowans can help your feet bounce back and look their best?

Schedule an Appointment

Complete the contact form or call our Powder Springs practice at 770-727-0614 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cowans.