Posts for tag: Ingrown Toenails
Many people don’t realize that they can get skin cancer on their feet, even on the heels. Skin cancer is often associated with excess sun exposure, and some people are more susceptible to sun damage than others. Individuals with lighter skin, hair and eyes will burn more easily and may be more vulnerable to developing skin lesions and cancer. However, UV exposure is not the only factor involved in developing skin cancer, so even though your feet may rarely be exposed to the sun, you still need to check them for unusual looking lesions.
Potentially deadly skin cancers such as melanomas can have the appearance of benign conditions such as plantar warts, ulcers, blisters, and ingrown toenails, so it’s always a good idea to have these evaluated by your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis. A skin biopsy may be performed to check for skin cancer.
Two other factors that may increase your chances of getting skin cancer on your feet include:
- Poor immune system function—When your immune system is compromised by viral infections such as AIDS or the human papillomavirus (HPV), it makes it more difficult for your body to defend itself against malignant growths. Having transplant surgery may also weaken your immune system. Acral lentiginous melanoma, cancer that grows on the soles of the feet and underneath the toenails, is more likely to occur in people with compromised immune systems.
- Chemicals and other contaminants—Exposure to harsh chemicals that can cause burns. Being exposed to environmental chemicals released by industries such as refineries and power plants can damage your skin’s DNA, thereby increasing the risk of lesions and cancer developing.
If you have any worrisome growths or lesions 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!
The condition of an ingrown toenail is also called onychocryptosis. An ingrown toenail can be a severely debilitating problem, especially when it occurs in multiple toes simultaneously on both feet which can cause a never-ending battle with painful swelling and infections.
It isn’t always obvious that an inward growing toenail is the cause of your pain and discomfort. Symptoms include swelling around the nail and minor bleeding. If you notice redness, yellowing, and a warm feeling in the skin around the toe, there may be an infection that needs to be treated right away to avoid more serious complications including possible amputation.
The causes of ingrown toenails often include the following:
- Proper nail cutting technique—The main cause of a toenail growing into your skin is from improper cutting technique. Be sure to cut straight across and not too short so the nail edge remains away from your tender skin.
- Injury—When your toe experiences trauma such as by dropping a heavy object on it, it can cause the nail to grow into your skin.
- Poorly-fitting shoes—Narrow toe boxes can increase the pressure on the toes causing this condition and a variety of others including bunions and hammertoes.
- Fungal toenails—This infection can cause a nail to become enlarged and brittle and make it more likely to grow into the skin.
Treating ingrown toenails involves the following:
For the less severe type of ingrown toenails, warm water soaks and antibacterial medications may be enough to correct the issue. Inserting a small piece of cotton under the edge of the nail can help to prop it up and allow the nail to grow correctly. For severely infected or painful ingrown toenails, your podiatrist can often perform an outpatient procedure involving the numbing of the toe and removal of the ingrown piece of nail.
If you are currently experiencing problems with 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!
It’s important to be aware of what to expect as your feet age along with the rest of your body and to remember that it’s essential to take care of your feet to maintain your overall health. Problems with your feet are often a harbinger of other health problems, so taking care of your feet first is a great way to notice and mitigate these other potential issues.
Problems with your feet that often become more obvious as you age include the following:
Strained tendons and ligaments—As your tendons and ligaments decrease in strength and flexibility, you may experience arch problems, tendonitis, and muscle sprains and strains.
Various types of arthritis—Inflammation caused by everyday use takes a toll on your feet. Frequently the large joint of the big toe is one of the first to be severely affected, in addition to the ankle joint. Toe deformities including bunions and hammertoes are often exacerbated by arthritis.
Swelling of the feet and ankles—As we age, hormonal changes can cause the feet to become more inflamed. Vascular problems like peripheral artery disease and varicose veins as well as some medications can contribute to this inflammation.
Balance problems—These can often be caused by complications from diabetes and other age-related factors and may lead to falls. Custom made foot orthotics that provide stability and support can help prevent falls by minimizing ankle movements.
Skin conditions—Cancerous skin lesions are more likely to appear on the feet and ankles as we age. Other skin issues that often worsen with age include cracked heels and corns and calluses.
Though we can’t stop the aging process, we can take good care of our feet and slow the process down. Foot and ankle problems can be difficult to diagnose and treat, so it’s important that you have your foot and ankle needs evaluated by a foot care professional. If you are experiencing age-related foot problems, 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!
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!