Posts for: November, 2018
Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.
Do I have an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.
If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.
Bunions: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
A bunion is a localized area of prominence or enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, which has offices in Clinton Township, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Mount Clemens, MI, offers a full range of podiatric services. Read on to learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for bunions.
Overview - A bunion is a bump on the side of the big toe, and it reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. Bunions are a progressive disorder; not all cases are alike and some bunions develop quicker than others. Many individuals unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeing treatment.
Causes - Conditions that make your joints hurt and swell, like arthritis, can lead to bunions as can wearing high heels and ill-fitting shoes. Bunions usually run in families, and if your feet do not develop properly before birth, it can increase the risk of bunion onset.
Symptoms - The most obvious sign of a bunion is a bone deformity. It might be red or swollen and can make it hard to move your toes, especially your big toe. Bunions can also cause pain or discomfort. If you have a bunion, corns or calluses may also develop where the first and second toes overlap.
Treatments - Whether your goal is getting back to sports, work, hobbies, or just enjoying life, a podiatrist can help. Treatments for bunions include changing shoes, padding, taping, and taking pain medications. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help to ease inflammation and provide pain relief.
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Say hello to happy and healthy feet. Call Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers at 586-263-4411 today to schedule an appointment in Clinton Township, MI. Call 586-275-3000 to schedule an appointment in Sterling Heights, MI. Call 586-468-5445 to schedule an appointment in Mount Clemens, MI. Our bunion treatments will do you and your feet a world of good.
Treating toenail fungus
Toenail fungus--it's one of the most common podiatric problems children, teens, and adults have. Causing thickened, yellow, brittle nails, onychomycosis (the medical name for toenail fungus) spreads easily and can be stubborn to treat. If you see one or more of your toenails changing shape, color, and texture, see your foot doctor right away. They have the expertise and treatments to give you ten clear toenails once again.
How toenail fungus starts
The micro-organism thrives in dark, moist environments--sweaty socks and sneakers being prime candidates. Additionally, shared towels, nail clippers, shower room floors, and pool decks breed toenail and Athlete's Foot fungus. In fact, if you suffer periodic outbreaks of itchy, uncomfortable Athlete's Foot, you're more prone to onychomycosis, says the American Academy of Dermatology.
Conquering toenail fungus
Your foot doctor sees scores of patients with toenail fungus. Visual inspection is the main diagnostic tool, and for mild cases of onychomycosis, the podiatrist may recommend creams or ointments applied topically. Oral medications are an option as well.
Additionally, modern podiatry offers innovative laser treatments which kill the micro-organism right where it lives. Painless and very effective, laser treatments are applied to all ten toenails to prevent re-infection.
Unfortunately, toenail fungal infections can become quite severe and spread to the nail bed. When infection is severe, the podiatrist may advise complete removal of the toenail to prevent further problems.
Prevention is best
Of course, if you can avoid toenail fungus, your feet and nails will look and feel their best, and you won't be embarrassed to wear open-toed shoes or sandals in the warm weather. However, some people are more prone to this common infection--diabetics, those with poor peripheral circulation and individuals who are immunosuppressed.
Regardless, your podiatrist recommends these preventive measures for healthy, fungus-free nails:
- Wash your feet with soap and water daily, and dry them with a clean towel.
- Clip your toenails straight across with a clean clippers.
- Wear clean socks daily.
- Change your gym shoes after a workout. In fact, alternate pairs if possible, letting your footwear dry out between wearings.
- Wear flip-flops or shower sandals in the locker room and poolside, too.