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By Foot and Ankle Clinic
October 22, 2018
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Learn more about ingrown toenails and how to prevent them in the future.

Most people will deal with an ingrown toenail at some point; however, if you find yourself dealing with this problem rather regularly then it’s important that you get to the bottom of what’s causing this to happen and discover measures you can take to safeguard yourself from this issue in the future. Our Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, podiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Babol is here to tell you more.

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail is when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin around it, sometimes causing the nail to puncture the skin. When this happens, the body reacts as if it’s being attacked by a foreign invader. This results in inflammation around the affected toenail that is often painful. Since the skin around the toe is inflamed it can cause the skin to thicken, which also causes the nail to push deeper into the skin.

What are the causes?

There are several factors that can increase your chances of developing in ingrown toenail such as:

  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Wearing high heels
  • Improperly trimming your nails

How do you treat an ingrown toenail?

If the ingrown toenail is mild you can often treat the problem with simple at-home measures such as soaking your feet in warm water and wearing properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the toe. If there is pus present or if the skin is warm to the touch these are signs of an infection, in which case our foot doctor should examine and treat the infection right away. Patients with diabetes who develop an ingrown toenail should come in right away for treatment to prevent further complications.

Your podiatrist might prescribe an oral or topical antibiotic to treat an infection or to prevent an infection. If the ingrown toenail doesn’t go away with proper treatment, surgery may be necessary to remove some of the nail or the whole nail.

Is it possible to prevent an ingrown toenail?

As we mentioned above, how you trim your toenails and the shoes you wear can increase your chances of developing an ingrown toenail. Avoiding shoes that bunch up your toes or compress the toes is one surefire preventive measure you can take.

Furthermore, knowing how to trim your toenails is also important. Never trim the nails below the tips of your toes also keep them level. Also, trim nails straight across and never rounded.

If you are dealing with ingrown toenails or other foot problems don’t hesitate to call Foot & Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, today to schedule a consultation with us. Don’t just live with the pain. We can work together to find the right treatment plan to fit your needs.

By Foot and Ankle Clinic
August 02, 2017
Tags: Shin Splints  

Although a shin splint is commonly used to describe various pains between the ankle and the knee, it actually refers to a specific inflammatory condition of the tibia -- a condition called medial tibial stress syndrome.

A type of "overuse injury" to the legs, the most common causes of shin splints include excessive running, poor conditioning and over-pronation (flattening of the arch). The result is pain in the front or inside of the lower leg that usually gets worse with a sudden increase in distance or intensity of training. Shin splints are a common problem for many runners and athletes. Muscle weakness, non-supportive shoes and overtraining are also contributing factors.

To prevent shin splints, warm up and stretch muscles before starting any workout activity and choose supportive footwear. Begin workouts gradually and avoid over-training. All of these methods will go a long way in helping to prevent many lower leg problems. Conservative treatment for most shin splint pain includes rest, ice, compression and elevation. Strengthening exercises, anti-inflammatory agents and custom foot orthotics may also be recommended to reduce symptoms.

Shin pain isn't always indicative of a shin splint. Lower leg pain may actually signal a more serious problem, including a stress fracture, partial muscle tear and tendonitis, all of which require special treatment. Always seek the professional care of a podiatrist if:

  • You have severe pain in your shin following an injury.
  • Your shin is hot and inflamed.
  • Swelling in your shin increases.
  • Shin pain persists during rest.

Proper diagnosis of the cause of pain is necessary in order to administer the most appropriate treatment. If you suffer from shin pain, visit your podiatrist for an evaluation and proper treatment.