Posts for: October, 2018
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.
What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!
Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.
What is a Heel Spur?
A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:
Possessing any walking gait abnormalities
Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces
Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes
Wearing shoes that lack arch support
Being excessively overweight or obese
What are The Symptoms?
Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.
What are the Treatment Options?
The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:
Applying ice on the inflammation
Performing stretch exercises
Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur
Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain
In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs
If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.