FAQs: Skin and Nails
Q: Does Vicks Vapor Rub help soften toe nails?
A: Yes. Vicks does have a menthol agent in it that will help soften toenails. Vicks can be purchased at any general store. Or if you are looking for other possible treatment options Contact Us to set up an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS and he can discuss other options with you.
Q: Will my ingrown nail heal itself?
A: It depends on whether it is infected and what you do. The best treatment is to be evaluated before it becomes too painful and infected. It may improve, but to make sure the problem is resolved and doesn't come back, treatment from a podiatrist is needed. Often an ingrown nail will improve with antibiotics and soaking, but it may get worse after these have been discontinued. That's usually because the edge of the nail needs to be removed because it is cutting into the skin. If you think you have an ingrown nail, don't wait to see a doctor, give us a call at 701-255-3338 and set up an appointment today!
Q: What is the difference between a corn and a callus?
A: A corn is between, on the side, or top of the toe, while a callus is on the bottom of the foot. A callus usually occurs on the ball of the foot. If you are unsure whether you have a corn or your callus let Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS look at it so you can be sure. Contact Us or go online to Appointment Request to schedule an appointment.
Q:What causes a callus?
A: A callus is caused by the friction and excess pressure created between the shoe and the foot. It can also be caused by foot structure.
Q: Will warts ever go away?
A: There is no way to tell if a wart will come back or not. Sometimes they disappear sponateously, but what looks like a wart is not always a wart. It could be a callus or scar tissue in a location where a wart was treated previously. It is best to see a podiatrist for treatment options. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS to discuss those treatment options
Q: Why is my toenail yellow?
A: A yellow toenail means there may be fungus present or nail damage. Nail damage can occur from injuries, shoe pressure, daily work, or excercising. Nail fungus (onychomychosis) can be very difficult to get rid of, but there are some treatment options available such as Tineacide or Lamisil. If you think you have nail fungus and would like some treatment options Contact Us to set up an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS
Q: Is there a cure for dry feet?
A: Yes! Ammonium Lactate is a very good cream that can be massaged into the feet to help heal dry skin. It penetrates the skin unlike most lotions that wash off. It is best to massage the whole foot, but be careful not to get in between the toes. Your podiatrist can call in a prescription. If you have really dry feet call us at 701-255-3338 today to set up an appointment.