An ingrown toenail is a toenail which has grown into the surrounding skin of your toe. If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you already know how painful it can be.
You are at higher risk of developing ingrown toenails if:
- Your toenails curve under naturally
- You’ve had an injury to your toe or toenail
- You wear shoes that are too narrow for your toes
When you have an ingrown toenail, you will experience:
- Swelling and pressure around your toenail
- Bruising and redness around your toenail
- Throbbing pain around your toenail
Your toenail and the nail bed may also appear dark and you may see pus or blood coming out from underneath your toenail.
You can do a lot to help prevent an ingrown toenail. Remember to:
- Avoid cutting your toenails too short
- Trim your toenails straight across, with no rounded corners
- Always wear protective shoes which are appropriate to the activity you are doing
- Avoid going barefoot to prevent toe and toenail injuries
When you develop an ingrown toenail, you can try a few simple home remedies like these to get relief:
- Soak your toe in warm water several times each day
- Place a small piece of dental floss under your toenail to guide the toenail upward
- Apply antibiotic cream around your toenail
- Wrap your toe in bandaging to protect it
- Wear open toe shoes or sandals to help your toe heal
For stubborn, painful ingrown toenails that don’t respond to home therapies, your podiatrist can help you feel better, with several professional treatments for ingrown toenails. Your podiatrist may recommend:
- Trimming off a section of your toenail that has grown into the skin
- Lifting and separating the toenail from the surrounding skin
- Removing the entire toenail so a new, healthy toenail can grow in its place
An ingrown toenail can make it painful to put on shoes, and it can also affect your ability to stay active. You don’t have to suffer with an ingrown toenail because your podiatrist can help. To find out more about the causes and treatment of ingrown toenails, call your podiatrist today.
Heel pain is one of the most common problems your podiatrist treats. If you are suffering from heel pain, the pain can make it difficult to enjoy an active life. Don’t worry, because your podiatrist has several effective heel pain treatments to get you back on your feet.
You can develop heel pain from a few causes, including:
- Stepping on hard or sharp objects, which can cause a heel bruise
- Developing excess calcium deposits, which can cause a heel spur
- Inflammation of the tissue on your heel, which can cause plantar fasciitis
Any of the causes listed above can cause moderate to severe heel pain, but plantar fasciitis is the most severe. Plantar fasciitis causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue running across your heel.
When you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience:
- Stabbing pain across your heel when you stand
- Heel pain which is worse in the morning
- Pain across your heel and on the side of your foot
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:
- Overpronation, or rolling your feet when you walk
- Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods
- Doing high impact activities like jogging or running
For mild heel pain, you can try a few simple home remedies like these:
- Placing an ice pack on your heel several times each day
- Doing arch stretches several times each day
- Elevating your feet when you can, to take pressure off your feet
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Wearing heel inserts inside your shoes to cushion your heels
Moderate to severe heel pain should be evaluated by your podiatrist. There are several treatment options your podiatrist may recommend, including:
- Custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide support
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling
- Physical therapy and stretching to improve flexibility
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation
Heel pain is a common foot problem, but one which is easily treatable. Relief from heel pain is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes and treatment of heel pain, call your podiatrist today.
If you have diabetes, you may already know about the effects on your body, especially your extremities. What you may not know is that diabetes is especially hard on your feet, which is why it’s important to visit your podiatrist regularly.
Your feet carry you through your life, but they are easy to overlook. When you are diabetic, you can’t afford to ignore your feet and toes. These are just a few of the ways diabetes can affect your feet and toes:
Diabetes affects your immune system which can lead to delayed healing time. That means if you have a small cut, it may not heal. It may turn into a painful diabetic ulcer.
Diabetes affects your circulatory system which can lead to impaired blood flow in your feet and toes. That means your tissue can die, which can lead to amputations.
Diabetes affects your nervous system, which can lead to painful diabetic neuropathy. You may also lose sensation in your feet, so if you have an injury, you might not feel it.
It's vital to take special care of your feet when you have diabetes. You should:
- Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every day
- Check your feet regularly for any cuts, blisters, or injuries
- Use a hand mirror to examine the soles of your feet for injuries
- Apply a thick moisturizing cream to keep your skin free of cracks
- Apply an antibiotic cream to any open sores or injuries
- Place a bandage on open sores or injuries
- Do ankle, foot, and toe stretches daily to boost circulation
Diabetes is a common medical problem. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. If you are one of them, you need to take special care of your feet and your body. To find out more about caring for your feet when you are diabetic, talk with an expert. Call your podiatrist today.
Your ankles are an important part of your body. Together with your legs and feet, your ankles help carry your body weight. They help you walk, run, and enjoy daily life. So, what happens when you have ankle pain? Your podiatrist can help.
Along with pain in your ankle, you may notice additional signs and symptoms like these:
When you have ankle pain, it can cause:
- Instability when you are walking or standing
- Difficulty standing on uneven surfaces
- Tripping and falling, which can injure you further
So, what causes ankle pain? There are some obvious causes like injuring or spraining your ankle, but there are also some medical conditions which can lead to ankle pain. These conditions include:
- Arthritis in the ankle joint
- Tendonitis or a torn tendon in your ankle
- A fractured or broken bone in your ankle
- A nerve injury in your ankle
For mild ankle pain, you can try a few easy home therapies including:
- Placing an ice pack on your ankle several times daily
- Elevating and resting your ankle
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Wearing an ankle support or brace
For moderate to severe ankle pain, or ankle pain which doesn’t resolve with home therapy, you need to see your podiatrist. Professional treatments your podiatrist may recommend include:
- Oral steroid medications to reduce swelling
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation
- Physical therapy and stretches to maintain ankle flexibility and mobility
- Devices including walking casts or braces to provide support and stability
You may need surgery if your ankle pain is due to:
- A torn ligament
- A torn tendon
- A broken or dislocated ankle bone
Don’t suffer with ankle pain when relief is just a phone call away. Your podiatrist can help you find relief from ankle pain and get back on your feet. To find out more about the causes of ankle pain and how you can find relief, talk with an expert–your podiatrist. Call today.
Sports injuries happen, and your feet and ankles are especially vulnerable. Your feet and ankles are overworked to begin with, and if you play a sport with a lot of running or high levels of foot stress, it adds to your risk of injury. Fortunately, your podiatrist is just the person to see when you’ve experienced a sports injury to your feet or ankles.
Sometimes a sports injury will heal by itself. For mild sports injuries, you can try:
- Elevating and resting the area to take weight and stress off of it
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
More severe sports injuries should be seen by your podiatrist. So, when should you see a podiatrist for a sports injury? You should have an examination by a podiatrist if you:
- Experience severe pain or swelling
- Are unable to put weight on the injured area
- Notice differences in your foot or ankle structure
- Heard popping or snapping when you injured yourself
- Feel tingling, numbness, or weakness in your foot or ankle
Sports injuries involving feet and ankles are common, and the most common injuries include:
Plantar fasciitis, which causes pain on your heel and down the side of your foot; runners and joggers often have this injury.
Shin splints, which cause pain running down the front of your leg, next to the tibia; leg stress without proper stretching can cause shin splints.
Dislocated or fractured bones, which cause swelling, bruising, severe pain and loss of function; impact sports like soccer and football can cause this injury.
Tendon or ligament tears or strain, which causes severe pain and instability; leg stress without proper stretching can cause this injury.
Toenail injuries, which causes pressure under your toenail and moderate to severe toe pain; impact sports like soccer, football, and basketball can cause this injury.
When you visit your podiatrist, treatment recommendations may include:
- Orthotics for plantar fasciitis and other conditions
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
- Assistive devices like casts and crutches to take the weight off of your injury
- Surgical treatment to realign fractured or broken bones
- Physical therapy to help you regain mobility and strength
If you experience a sports injury involving your feet or ankles, don’t wait. See your podiatrist today.
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