Posts for: August, 2016
Find out if your foot problems warrant a trip to our Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens podiatrists.
Are you finding that foot pain, stiffness or other issues are becoming commonplace? Is something just not feeling right but you can’t quite put your finger on it? Then it might be time you turned to our very own Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Kristen Patterson and Dr. Ryan Murphy for the foot care you’ve been looking for.
Foot Swelling or Numbness
While feet can swell or even feel numb every once in a while if you notice regular swelling and numbness this isn’t something you should just put up with. There are so many underlying causes that could be responsible, from tendonitis to an infection. If you also experience tingling with numbness this could be a sign of nerve damage.
While many people may have bunions and never have to deal with pain, if you are experiencing chronic or severe pain it might be time to see your podiatrist. We have many ways to manage your symptoms to reduce your pain, from conservative treatment options to surgery if needed.
Thick calluses and corns
While in normal instances these issues aren’t usually serious, if they are extremely thick then it could be warning you of another foot issue. Issues such as bunions and hammertoes can be to blame for these seriously thick calluses and corns and it may just warrant a trip to see our foot specialists.
If you find that your feet are in pain whenever you go about your day-to-day activities then this could be a sign of a serious injury like a fracture that just hasn’t healed as it should. If you don’t seek treatment for this injury the problem will usually only get worse with time.
While most people feel that they can handle an ingrown toenail on their own it is always a good idea to seek proper medical attention to help treat the condition properly without damaging the nail.
Contact your Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens podiatrists
Even if you aren’t experiencing the symptoms above, if something doesn’t feel right then it’s better to play it safe rather than sorry and call Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens today to schedule your next appointment.
Characterized by thick, unsightly, discolored nails, fungus-infected toenails can be irritating, embarrassing and painful. For years, the only treatments available for toenail fungus were topical and oral medications or removal of the nail. Typically, the medications were largely ineffective and removal of the nail plate was painful and debilitating.
Fast, Effective and Pain-Free Nail Fungus Treatment
A new breakthrough in technology is making it possible to get rid of your nail fungus fast- a new procedure known as PinPointe FootLaser. The new, patented laser technology treats nail fungus safely and quickly, with no drugs, no anesthesia, and no pain. It's specially designed to penetrate your toenail, vaporizing the fungus embedded deep in your nail bed. Better yet, the powerful laser beam targets the infection only and has no effect on surrounding healthy tissue. In just one appointment at our office, we can treat your nail fungus, and within months following the treatment, the toenail will replace itself with a healthy, clear, fungus free nail.
Avoiding Irritating Toenail Fungus
Prevention is key to avoiding a fungal infection. The following tips can help you avoid toenail fungus.
- Practice good hygiene and inspect feet and toes regularly
- Try not to injure your nail by cutting it too short, as trauma to the nail may lead to infection
- Wear moisture wicking socks
- Wear dry, proper-fitting shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet
- Wear shower sandals when you are at a public pool or shower
Left untreated, a fungal infection can spread to other toenails, the skin on the feet and even the fingernails. Severe cases can impair one's ability to walk or lead to painful ingrown toenails. It's important to seek care when you notice signs of infection.
If you're ready to eliminate your toenail fungus, contact our office and learn more about the new PinPointe FootLaser. We can evaluate your fungal infection and make recommendations for best treating and eradicating your toenail fungus once and for all.
A neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of your body. In the foot, the most common occurring neuroma develops at the base of the third and fourth toes. This condition is referred to as Morton's neuroma.
There are typically no physical signs of Morton's neuroma, such as a lump or a knot. Instead, symptoms may include:
- A sharp, achy or burning pain in the ball of your foot
- Numbness, tingling, or cramping in the toes or forefoot
- Feeling as if you're standing on a pebble in your shoe
While the exact cause of Morton's neuroma is unknown, the growth of the neuroma seems to occur in response to injury, pressure or irritation to one of the nerves that lead to the toes. People with foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes and flat feet are at higher risk for developing a neuroma. Women are also more likely to develop this condition, as wearing high-heels or narrow-toed shoes can increase pressure on the toes. Other potential causes are activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running.
Morton's neuroma can make walking and performing normal activities difficult and painful. Treatment options vary with severity, and identifying the neuroma in its earliest stage of development is important to avoid more invasive treatments or surgical correction. Left untreated, neuromas tend to worsen, so it's always best to visit our office at the first sign of pain.
Early treatments aim to relieve or reduce pressure on the area around the affected toes. Depending on the severity of your neuroma, a podiatrist may recommend:
- Modifications to footwear. Wide-toed shoes relieve pressure on the neuroma.
- Shoe inserts or padding to provide support for the arch of the foot, which removes pressure from the nerve.
- Anti-inflammatory medications can help ease any pain and inflammation. Ask your doctor first.
- Icing to reduce inflammation.
- Rest to lessen repetitive pressure on the neuroma.
In the most severe cases, surgery may be recommended for patients who do not respond to conservative treatments. We can help you determine the best approach for your specific condition.