Posts for: September, 2017
When the corner of your toenail grows into the soft skin on the side of your toe, not only can it be extremely painful, but also it can lead to a serious infection. One of the leading causes of ingrown toenails is cutting the nails too short and rounded instead of straight across. Wearing shoes that are too tight can also cause a poorly trimmed nail to push harder into the skin.
Symptoms will include pain, redness, and swelling of the skin on the edge of the nail, tenderness to touch, and a yellowish discharge that may be the sign of an infection.
Treatment for ingrown toenails:
Often an ingrown toenail will heal with the help of warm water foot soaks and elevation to take the pressure off the toe, but any signs of pus or redness accompanied by increasing pain should be addressed promptly to avoid possible spreading of the infection to the underlying tissue and bone. In some ingrown toenail cases, your foot doctor may need to cut out the infected tissue and trim the nail. This can be done on an outpatient basis on a local anesthetic, and the recovery period is minimal.
Patients with diabetes should be extremely careful to visually check for ingrown toenails, since the pain may not be noticeable due to peripheral neuropathy.
Preventing ingrown toenails:
You can help prevent this condition by always cutting your toenails straight across, and not rounded on the sides. Make sure your shoes are not too tight, and that there is plenty of room in the toebox. Your shoes should also be appropriate for the activity to help prevent injuries to your feet.
For more expert advice on ingrown toenail treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
While nail fungus is more likely to spread in warm conditions, no matter what the temperature is outside the temperature in your shoes is still just right for the proliferation of fungal bacteria which can spread from your skin to your nails and vice versa. The fungi are also rather hardy and thrive in public areas such as shower rooms. When the fungi spread under your nail the result is not very attractive. The nail becomes brittle, yellow, and may emit a foul odor. Once nail fungus is entrenched it can be difficult to eradicate, which is why it is important to take steps to avoid getting an infection in the first place.
Some tips for preventing nail fungus include:
- Keeping your feet clean and dry—Wash and dry your feet regularly and change socks often. It’s also a good idea to let your shoes air out between wearings by alternating them every other day or so.
- Nail trimming—Since an ingrown toenail problem can lead to a fungal infection, it is very important to always trim your nails straight across rather than on a curve so that the edge of the nail won’t grow into the skin.
- Breathable footwear—In addition to breathable and moisture wicking socks, it is important to wear shoes that are made with a breathable fabric such as Gortex.
- Protect your feet—In public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers, it is important to wear shower shoes or sandals to minimize your contact with problematic bacteria and viruses.
If you notice any changes in the color or texture of your toenails that may include a terrible odor, then it is important to see a foot specialist for proper treatment. Topical or oral antifungal medicines may be prescribed and be sure to ask about our new laser treatment for fungal nails.
For more expert advice on nail fungus treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Your ability to walk, run, and jump is highly dependent on the proper functioning of your Achilles tendon. So when you have an injury to this large tendon that connects your heel to your calf muscle, the resulting pain and discomfort can be quite debilitating. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed, swollen, and tender from repetitive stress and overuse, and requires immediate attention to avoid a worsening of symptoms and to avoid a longer term recovery process.
Achilles tendonitis is common in runners, other athletes, and dancers who perform repetitive exercise and stress that can combine to severely overload the tendon causing stretching, a tear, or possibly even a complete break. It often happens when the intensity of a particular exercise is rapidly increased or decreased.
Ignoring the mild symptoms that may be present at the outset of an Achilles tendon problem and continuing to perform the exercise can cause the severity of the condition to quickly accelerate.
There are many therapies that you and your podiatrist have available to treat Achilles tendonitis.
Some of these therapies may include the following:
- Hot and cold therapy
- Compression and elevation
- Physical therapy exercises and stretches for the heel and calf muscles
- Use of custom orthotics
- Switching to low-impact activities like swimming
- For a severely damaged or torn Achilles tendon, surgery may be required
Don’t allow your tendonitis to worsen. For more expert advice on Achilles tendonitis treatment, consult with the board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Whether you have nail fungus, a sports injury, diabetic foot problems, or need foot or ankle surgery, we have the advanced technologies and expertise to get you back on your feet. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Clubfoot is a congenital condition that consists of an abnormal inward turning of the ankle so that the soles of one or both feet are facing inward, potentially causing future problems with ambulation if not corrected.
Clubfoot is a very common congenital deformity affecting about 1 in 1,000 newborns. Fortunately, with early and efficacious treatment, clubfoot can be completely corrected and children will suffer no ill effects and can participate in all normal activities.
Clubfoot is usually categorized as isolated—meaning there are no other mitigating conditions or health factors—and non-isolated—which means that other factors such as neuromuscular problems are also involved.
Treatments for Clubfoot
This condition is often fixable with a conservative treatment called the Ponseti method which consists of a combination of stretching, manual manipulation and casting to gradually improve the clubfoot over a period of several months. When the casting phase is done, a relatively minor surgical incision is made to cut the tightened heel cord. Braces will be needed during the end stages of the healing process and for an additional period of time that varies with each patient to ensure that the clubfoot doesn’t return.
If you notice that your baby’s feet look deformed, it is important to contact your podiatrist for a consultation. In most cases, the flexibility of a baby’s bones and other tissues make the Ponseti method very effective. However, in the event that these conservative treatments of manipulation, stretching and casting are not effective enough, a surgical procedure may be necessary to move the bones, ligaments, tendons and tissues into the correct position.
For more expert advice on clubfoot, please consult our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
“I’m too busy.”
“It’s just an off week.”
“My foot doesn’t really feel that bad.”
“Maybe if I wait, the pain will simply go away.”
There’s no limit to the excuses we make for avoiding our visits to the podiatrist. After all, a diagnosis feels like a confirmation that something is wrong with our feet, and we want so badly for everything to just be okay! Unfortunately, these excuses may prevent us from receiving treatment during the critical early stages of a foot condition, and may ultimately make the problem much worse.
Here are 5 signs that it’s time to stop making excuses and start seeing a foot doctor.
1.You’re experiencing persistent pain in your feet, heels, or ankles.
Occasional foot tenderness is not a huge cause for concern; however, if you’re experiencing frequent swelling, pain, or numbness, the root cause probably needs to be treated by a trained podiatrist. Your pain may originate from tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, a sprain, diabetic nerve damage, or any number of other conditions that require professional care.
2. You’ve noticed significant changes in your nails or the skin of your foot.
3.Part of your foot is swollen, red, and feels hot to the touch.
These are telltale signs that this area of your foot is infected.
4. An infection has spread from one area to another.
If an already present infection has progressed even further, you must see a qualified podiatrist to diagnose your foot condition and prevent it from worsening.
5. You’ve been taking an over-the-counter medication for two weeks and your symptoms have not improved.
For expert diagnosis and foot treatment, consult our team of board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!