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Ingrown toenails can be extremely painful, and typically develop when the edges of the nail grow down and into the skin of the toe. In many cases, the skin along the edge of the nail will appear to grow over the nail, causing the skin to become swollen, firm, and red. Continue reading to learn which steps you can take if you develop an ingrown toenail.
There are several steps you can take to try to remedy the problem at home. Consider soaking your foot in warm water several times a day to soften the nail and make it easier to massage the area of inflamed skin. You may then place a small piece of cotton underneath the nail to help keep it from penetrating the skin and becoming worse. You may also consider trimming the nail after softening it in warm water, making sure not to pull out the ingrown portion of the nail yourself, but rather trimming the nail straight across. This is especially important as removing the section of nail that is ingrown may create additional problems in the future.
When at-home remedies do not work, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Your foot doctor may offer a number of treatment options for ingrown toenails, including chemical, electrical, or surgical-based treatments. Each of these methods is designed to destroy or remove the ingrown section of the nail, so that a healthy, new nail can begin to grow. In some cases, your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics if the ingrown nail has led to an infection.
In addition to trimming your nails straight across and avoiding rounded or tapered edges, there are other steps you can take to prevent the development of ingrown toenails. This includes wearing sandals or shoes with wide toe-boxes, keeping your feet clean and dry, and inspecting your feet on a regular basis.
Here at Family Foot Center, our podiatrists offer permanent correction of ingrown toenails, bunions, and hammer toes. You can learn more by calling (347) 625-5256 or by visiting us at our website.
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Heel spurs are caused by a buildup of calcium on the bottom of your heel bone, forming a small protrusion or “spur.” This process occurs slowly over the course of many months. Calcium buildup is often due to stress or strain placed on the muscles and ligaments of the foot, and heel spurs are common among athletes who take part in activities that include running and jumping.
Although some heel spurs do not cause any symptoms, they may begin to cause chronic pain and inflammation that worsens when walking or running. Podiatrists typically diagnose a heel spur by taking an X-ray of your heel to look for protrusions. There are a variety of treatments for heel spurs, including stretching exercises, physical therapy, and specially-designed orthotics. While surgery is rarely needed to address a heel spur, the protrusion can be removed surgically if other treatment methods have failed.
Are you experiencing foot or heel pain? Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at Family Foot Center by calling (347) 625-5256 to improve your foot health today. Explore our blog to learn more about other common foot conditions.
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Fungal infections often affect the feet because their warm, moist environment creates a hospitable environment for fungus. These infections can cause discomfort and spread to other areas of the body if not properly treated. Contact your podiatrist for an exam if you suspect you have a fungal infection for prompt treatment to prevent worsening of your condition.
Althete’s foot is one of the most common types of foot fungus. This condition is caused by fungi called dermatophytes, which grow quickly in conditions that are warm and damp. Athlete’s foot causes an itching, burning sensation and peeling, red, or cracked skin. Treatment for an athlete’s foot infection includes the use of herbal remedies or antifungal medication to eliminate the fungus in addition to taking steps to keep the feet clean and dry.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that frequently affects the nails; it is so common that half of all Americans will experience an infection in at least one toenail by age 70. This infection is caused by fungus that reproduces quickly in the dark, warm, and often moist conditions inside your socks and shoes. A fungal infection can cause the toenail to become discolored and brittle; the nail may also begin to pull away from the nail bed. Medication may be taken orally or administered topically to treat the infection.
A candida infection causes the toenails to grow thicker and become deformed. Nails affected by candida may turn an opaque yellow or green color. Candida can also cause swelling and inflammation of the surrounding skin, which is sometimes mistaken for an ingrown toenail. The infection is treated with medication prescribed by your podiatrist.
Fungal infections can spread quickly and are often extremely contagious. Contact Family Foot Center by calling (347) 625-5256 for evaluation and treatment of fungal infections, warts, foot pain, and more in Queens and Whitestone. Read through our blog to learn more about the many factors that affect your foot health.
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Heel pain can hinder movement and limit your ability to take part in activities you enjoy. The most common cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis, which is caused by an inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of the foot.
Pain from plantar fasciitis is often worse in the morning when you take your first few steps upon waking. The pain may be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and is caused by tiny tears that occur in the tissue of the plantar fascia. Check out this video for more details about the causes of plantar fasciitis and heel pain.
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Athlete’s foot is one of the most widespread and well-known fungal infections that affect the foot. Although it is most common in athletes, this infection can occur in anyone and may spread or worsen without proper treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with athlete’s foot, your podiatrist can provide treatment and suggestions to prevent the infection from recurring.
Causes of Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis, is caused by one of two types of fungus: Trichophyton mentagrophytes or Trichophyton rubrum. Infection with Trichophyton mentagrophytes is more severe but easier to treat. Trichophyton rubrum infections tend to be chronic and recurring, and are more difficult to treat. Both types of athlete’s foot occur when fungi grow unchecked on the skin of the foot. This rapid growth is generally caused by conditions that are damp and warm, such as foot sweating or living in an area that is hot and humid. Wearing dirty socks and shoes with poor ventilation can also raise your risk of developing athlete’s foot.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
An athlete’s foot infection generally causes itching or burning sensations on the affected skin. The skin of your feet may become dry, red, and cracked, or develop peeling, scaling, and blisters. Although athlete’s foot most frequently affects the skin of the toes, infections may also occur on the bottom of the foot. In some cases, you may notice changes in your toenails, such as discoloration or deformation of the nail. While most athlete’s foot symptoms are merely uncomfortable, some symptoms signal a more severe infection and the need for professional treatment from a podiatrist. If you notice a rash or red streaks on the skin of your foot, blisters or cracked skin that discharge pus, or your infection hasn’t improved with two weeks of over-the-counter treatment, contact your podiatrist for help.
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