Posts for: February, 2018
Having hard, rough, abrasive skin on your feet looks ugly, and can often feel uncomfortable.
Hard skin on the foot can be easily removed using a file or pumice stone. A pumice stone is naturally abrasive and is made of volcanic rock and crystals, which is an earthy addition to your foot care program. Rubbing away the dead skin on your feet allows new skin cells to grow unimpeded and ushers in a nice smooth texture.
There are a variety of methods for dealing with this common problem, some of which include the following:
- Custom made orthotic inserts—If you have an underlying foot problem, your foot doctor may prescribe custom-made padded inserts that can relieve the pressure on the heel, and on corns and calluses.
- Trimming away dead skin—It’s best to let your foot doctor cut away thickened skin or trim a bothersome corn during an office visit. Your foot specialist can do the trimming without causing any unnecessary bleeding which could end up causing an infection.
- Acid peels—Your podiatrist may recommend a patch containing a high concentration of salicylic acid. While these patches are available at your pharmacy, the prescription strength medicine is more effective at more rapid hard skin removal. The peels may be used in conjunction with abrasive methods.
- Antibiotic medication—Antibiotic cream or ointment may be prescribed to reduce any risk of infection.
- Surgery—In severe cases, your foot specialist may recommend surgery to correct problems like the intrusion of a bone that may be causing friction and callus formation.
If you have difficult to treat hardened skin on your feet, 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!
Pain in the heel is often associated with plantar fasciitis, but it’s not the only possible cause of heel and arch pain. There are a variety of other conditions that can create a similar sensation in the foot but is caused by a totally different mechanism.
Three other possible sources of heel and arch pain:
Joint problems—Sometimes the cause of pain in the bottom of the foot or heel is caused by joint diseases such as arthritis. This pain can radiate to other areas of the foot and, without expert advice, may easily be misidentified as a soft tissue problem.
Soft tissue injuries—The ligaments, tendons, muscles and other softer tissues of the foot can become injured during while working out, causing an injury that mimics a plantar fascia injury. For example, the two peroneal tendons that run along the outside of the foot are sometimes the actual source of bottom-of-the-foot swelling and pain. A serious injury such as a torn ligament would require different treatment, and using the treatment for a plantar fascia injury can actually cause further damage.
Nerve disorders—Since problems with the functioning of nerves is an infrequent source of heel pain, it is often not considered. The stress and pressure that your feet absorb during exercise, along with improper gait mechanics and just normal aging, can adversely affect the peripheral nerves that run from the brain to your extremities.
Nerve related heel pain can be very similar to the pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, so it’s important to have a proper diagnosis by your foot care specialist in order to get the correct care. If you are experiencing heel pain and discomfort, 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!
Ingrown toenails can not only be unsightly and a possible avenue for a fungal nail infection, but also can be extremely painful. So preventing them from happening in the first place is the best strategy.
Some methods to help prevent ingrown toenails from occurring include:
● Proper nail cutting technique—Use the appropriate toenail clippers for trimming. Larger clippers are meant to be used on bigger nails and will be more effective and easier to use. Always cut your nails as straight across as possible, and make them the same length as the tips of your toes. Cutting nails too short is a major way that ingrown toenails get started. Be certain to clean your clippers with rubbing alcohol or another disinfectant before and after each use to help ward off infection.
● Properly fitted shoes—Pick shoes that are wide enough in the toe area so that they don’t squeeze your toes together or cause rubbing against your footwear. Pressure on your toes from tight-fitting shoes can cause the toenail to grow into the surrounding tissue despite your best efforts, so avoid high heels!
● Don’t damage the cuticles—The nail cuticles are where your nail growth actually occurs, so try not to cut into them. This will help protect against harmful fungal and bacterial infections. Always gently push the cuticles back into position.
● Protect your feet—An injury to your toe caused by dropping a heavy object on your foot can also cause a nail to grow into your surrounding skin. It’s often a good idea to protect your feet with shoes even while walking around the house to prevent stubbing or other injuries. Those individuals suffering from diabetes should check their feet daily for ingrown toenails and check for any signs of infection that could lead to a possible amputation of a toe or foot.
If you need help treating stubborn ingrown toenails, 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!