Soft Tissue Masses
Soft tissue masses that are visible and protrude under the skin surface may be free of pain but can be unappealing to ones eye. These can be reduced in size or even removed. Lipomas or a benign fatty tumor is often found at the ankle level of women.
Women are predisposed to having a higher proportion of fat in their legs and ankles that is highly resistant to diet and exercise. Ankle liposuction can change the way your legs look. Using a micro cannula, new techniques that decrease scarring and negative effects of bleeding and nerve damage are widely accepted and are effective in reducing unwanted fatty deposits about the ankle and calf.
Removal of skin tags, moles, warts, etc. Moles, warts, or newly appearing lesions are first carefully examined. A biopsy may be taken to evaluate and rule out any possible skin cancer. Once it is determined that there is no malignancy, removal of the lesions can be performed with plastic surgical skin techniques.
Xerosis or dry skin is a condition that can lead to scaling and itching. Keeping the skin moisturized with an emmoliant cream will provide adequate relief. Dermatology approved skin moisturizers applied to the feet twice a day will be beneficial and these can be found at Dr. Schoenhaus’s office.
Fissures and Cracked Heels
Excessive dryness can lead to deep grooves in the skin. Usually seen after wearing open backed shoes for an increased amount of time, the skin of the heel becomes hard, dry and cracked. This is treated with a chemical peel and moisturizers. Consider it a facial for your feet. Long term care with healing agents and moisturizers will be discussed.
Hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating, can occur not only in the underarm region, but it can involve the hands and feet. This can lead to staining of clothing as well as malodor. First line treatments usually include deodorants and antiperspirants (with aluminum chloride hexahydrate), however a more effective treatment for sweating in the feet includes Botox®. Botox® commonly used by dermatologists in the face can now be used in the feet to control excess sweating. The Botox® is administered in the office and the results are seen five days after treatment.
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When a fungal infection involves the toenail, the nail becomes yellow, thickened and brittle. Treatment of this condition is difficult as the fungus is highly resistant to most over the counter products and there is a high recurrence rate. Depending on the severity of the condition, there are various options to discuss with the physician including oral medication, topical prescription medication or a specially compounded colored nail polish to conceal the fungal nails while it heals. Homeopathic treatments can also be recommended. Our newest Laser Nail Treatments help heal the nail by killing the fungus by heat on direct contact.
Ingrown Nails & Painful Nail Grooves
Ingrown nails or a malformation of the nail can be painful when wearing closed toed shoes by impinging the nail against the skin and shoe. The appearance of the nail may be curved on the sides with a rounded appearance. For an infected ingrown nail temporary relief is obtained by a minor office procedure.
Permanent cosmetic correction of the nail is an option for recurrent problems. A simple procedure is performed in the office with no downtime and immediate return to activity.