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.
Isn’t it time you found out if custom orthotics could improve your foot health?
Our feet put up with a lot of abuse day in and day out. So if there was a way to provide a little support and pampering for them, wouldn’t you? Since it’s not that common for people to have a normal foot that doesn’t require support, it’s possible that custom orthotics made by your Cypress, TX podiatrist could go a long way to improving the way you move.
What are orthotics?
These shoe inserts are designed to fit into your shoes to provide your feet with support, stability, cushioning and shock absorption while moving around or standing for long periods of time. Different types of orthotics are made to handle a variety of different foot problems.
Who should consider orthotics?
Since most people don’t have perfect feet, chances are good that orthotics could be a great option for you. If you are dealing with any of these conditions, then it’s time to talk to your podiatrist about whether custom orthotics is right for you:
Diabetic foot problems
Foot, ankle or heel pain
There is no age range for getting orthotics. Everyone from children to older adults can benefit from wearing custom orthotics.
Can’t I just buy them at my local drugstore?
While orthotics can be found at your nearest drugstore, it doesn’t mean this is always the best option. With their one size fits most approach, these shoe inserts aren’t tailored to your needs the way custom orthotics prescribed by your foot doctor will be. Plus, custom orthotics can be made from a variety of different materials depending on the issues you are looking to treat. You won’t get the same quality product from an over-the-counter orthotic.
Contact your Cypress, TX Podiatrist
Want to know whether your feet could benefit from all that orthotics offer? Then it’s time you turned to your Cypress, TX podiatrist today to find out if orthotics could give you the freedom to move around pain-free.
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.