Posts for category: Foot Condition
Are you prone to developing painful ingrown toenails?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the nail grows into the skin. This painful condition can suddenly make you very aware of your feet when you normally wouldn’t otherwise. As the nail continues to grow into the skin this can lead to pain, swelling and redness. From the office of our Clinton Township, MI, podiatrists, find out more about what causes ingrown toenails and when to seek medical care.
What causes ingrown toenails?
You may be prone to developing ingrown toenails if:
- Your parents have ingrown toenails (genetics plays a role in your tendency to inherit certain conditions)
- Your wear shoes that are too tight or don’t fit properly
- You’ve experienced a traumatic injury to the toe
- You trim your toenails too short or cut the nails at a curve
How are ingrown toenails treated?
If you are an otherwise healthy individual then you may be able to ease your ingrown toenail symptoms on your own. Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt to ease pain and discomfort.
You may also choose to apply a topical antibiotic to the nail and surrounding skin to prevent an infection. In some cases you may be able to place a cotton swab under the nail to lift it away from the skin so that it grows out properly.
When should I see a doctor?
If your symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks of at-home care or if your ingrown toenail shows signs of infection (e.g. severe swelling, pus or skin that is hot to the touch) then you should see our Clinton Township, MI, foot doctor right away. You should also schedule an immediate appointment if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you develop an ingrown toenail, as this condition can quickly turn into a serious infection if left untreated.
In some cases, your podiatrist may recommend removing part of or the entire nail, which can be very successful in the long-term prevention of recurring ingrown toenails.
Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers provides full podiatry services to the Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI, areas. If you are experiencing recurring or severe ingrown toenails then it’s time to turn to one of our podiatrists for care. Call (589) 263-4411 for our Clinton Township office, (586) 468-5445 for our Mount Clemens office, and (586) 275-3000 for our Sterling Heights office.
What is an ankle sprain?
An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, bands of tissue that connect bones to another, in the ankle. Ligaments provide stability and when one or more are injured, you won't have proper stability when walking, that's if you can. Depending on the severity of an ankle sprain, the ligament may be stretched, partially torn, or completely torn. Ankle sprains, unlike strains, don't affect muscles, just ligaments. Your podiatrists at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, and Sterling Heights, MI, can help determine the amount of damage done to your ankle and how to treat it.
What are the causes?
Sprain result from a fall, a sudden ankle twist, or a force that pushes the ankle joint out of its normal position. You're more susceptible to an ankle sprain if you play sports, wear inappropriate shoes, or walking and/or running on uneven surfaces. Weak ankles could also be the reason someone is more susceptible to sprains, as well as previously injured feet and ankles.
What are the symptoms?
These symptoms vary in intensity, depending on the sprain's severity:
- Pain or soreness
- Difficulty walking
- Stiffness in the joint
A sprained ankle need prompt medical attention to avoid chronic ankle instability
How does our podiatrist diagnose a sprained ankle?
The doctors at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers will evaluate your symptoms and medical history, then use x-rays to determine the severity of the injury.
- Rest: Stay off the injured ankle because walking may cause further injury.
- Ice: Apply an ice pack to the injured area for about 20 minutes, then wait approximately 40 minutes before icing again.
- Compression: An elastic wrap can help control swelling.
- Elevation: Raise the ankle above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
- Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, can reduce pain and inflammation.
If you have any questions or are concerned about a sprained ankle, then contact your our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, and Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrist today!
How your podiatrists in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI, can help with bunion pain
Bunions are typically caused by an inherited faulty foot structure, causing your big toe to lean toward your second toe, resulting in friction as your big toe rubs against the inside of your shoe.
Bunions are a common foot problem, especially for women. In fact, over 50% of the women in this country have suffered from bunions, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. That’s because women often wear shoes that are too narrow, causing increased risk of developing bunions.
The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of bunions and bunion pain. The question is, which bunion treatment is right for you? Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, Dr. Kristen Patterson, and Dr. Angela Jacob at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers offer several bunion treatment options. They have three convenient office locations in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI, to treat your feet.
A bunion is a large, hard, bony bump on the side of your big toe, developing when your toes are crushed together. The side of your big toe continually rubs against the inside of your shoe. The friction causes inflammation, irritation, and bone distortion over time.
For small bunions, you can try some simple therapies at home including:
- Changing to wider shoes with plenty of toe room
- Placing ice on your bunion several times each day
- Wearing padded inserts inside your shoes
- Taping your foot to support the bunion
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
For larger, more painful bunions, you need the help of your podiatrist. At Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, the podiatrists offer several effective treatments to eliminate bunions and bunion pain. Your podiatrist may recommend:
- Custom orthotics and custom footwear
- Physical therapy to maintain flexibility
- Removing calluses and corns to reduce friction
For large bunions causing severe pain, your podiatrist may suggest surgery, especially if there is substantial bone deformity. Surgical therapy removes the bunion and realigns your toe.
Your podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers can recommend which bunion treatment is right for you. Don’t suffer from bunion pain. Call (586) 263-4411 for the Clinton Township, MI, office, (586) 468-5445 for the Mount Clemens, MI, office, or (586) 275-3000 for the Sterling Heights, MI, office today!
Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, a pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.
The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.
While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:
- Extremely high arches
- Flat feet
- Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
- Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
- Repeated stress placed on the foot
Treating a Neuroma
A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.
Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.
Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.
Surgery for a Neuroma
Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!
Give us a Call!
If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.
Swelling, reddened flesh, shooting pain, and pus are just some of the incredibly uncomfortable symptoms of having an ingrown toenail. Although this condition can sometimes be successfully treated through home remedies, ingrown toenails often progress to the point of infection, a point that then requires professional treatment. Read on to learn what causes this problem, when it’s right to seek medical help, and how our podiatrists can help get your foot back to a healthy state!
The Causes and Symptoms
Before we cover how to treat ingrown toenails, let’s first review the core causes and symptoms that hallmark this condition…
Ingrown toenails initially develop due to a few different factors, including:
- Cutting the toenail too short
- Rounding the toenail during grooming
- Wearing improperly fitting shoes
- Experiencing toe trauma
If the flesh on the side of the toe has become red, swollen, and tender, you likely have an ingrown toenail. If you have caught this problem while it’s still in its early stages, you can try implementing some of the home remedies listed in the next section. However, if your toe is exhibiting some of the following signs of infection, you should seek professional podiatric help:
- Pervasive shooting or throbbing toe pain
- Regular bleeding
- The presence of a pus-filled blister
- The skin has started growing over the nail
As mentioned above, if an ingrown toenail is caught before infection sets in, there are a few different methods that you can practice at home in order to clear up the issue. Some of these include:
- Around 3 to 4 times a day, submerge your foot into warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Regularly doing this should reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
- Following each soaking, use cotton to separate the ingrown toenail from the flesh that it is starting to grow under. This should allow the nail to grow above the skin again.
- Avoid snug or constraining shoes.
If these actions fail to clear up the problem in 2 to 3 days, you should pursue professional treatment.
In the case of a severe or recurring infection, there are a few different procedures that your podiatrist can perform to make your toe healthy again. Depending on the specifics of your ingrown toenail, one of the following treatments may be recommended:
- Partial Nail Removal: In the case of a severe ingrown toenail, your doctor can numb your toe before physically removing the ingrown portion of the nail.
- Nail and Tissue Removal: If the same toe is repeatedly experiencing the same ingrown toenail problem, this procedure can be performed to prevent future recurrences. It entails your podiatrist removing a portion of the underlying nail bed, thus preventing the nail from become ingrown again.
Concerned About Your Toe? Give Us a Call!
If your ingrown toenail needs medical attention, call our podiatric office today!