Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenails

Do I have an ingrown toenail? Ingrown toenails are usually curved and grown into the skin at the borders, which then causes irritation, pain, redness, swelling. If the nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria can then enter and cause an infection to the area. This will show more redness, and pain with colored or bloody drainage. An ingrown toenail is caused by many things including heredity, trauma, improper trimming, improperly sized footwear, and other nail conditions. Treating ingrown toenails usually requires a minor procedure to remove the offending nail. An oral antibiotic may be prescribed if an infection…
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Is Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Right for You?

Toenail fungus infections are easy to contract but oftentimes difficult to treat. This is a common annoyance for many patients who struggle with infected nails. Though many of the symptoms appear to be primarily cosmetic, anyone who has experienced a fungal infection knows that the condition is much more than just brittle, yellow nails. In fact, some infections can be very painful, and the affected nails may even separate from the nail bed. If at-home care and over-the-counter products aren’t effective in curing your fungal infection, a local podiatrist can help. Oral antifungal drugs, such as Lamisil, are a common…
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A New Approach to Treating Injuries

No longer reserved for professional athletes, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is fast becoming the treatment of choice for everyone! What is PRP? PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are the components of your blood that are best known for blood clotting. Blood is made up of 55% plasma, 45% red blood cells, and about 1% white blood cells and platelets. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are important in the healing of injuries. PRP is the separation of those platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood, which results in a high concentration of the…
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Signs Your Orthotics Need a Checkup

Custom orthotics can be an outstanding tool for helping many patients find relief from problems caused by structural abnormalities. This may mean treating heel pain, reducing callus-causing friction, or even taking excess pressure off a bunion. Custom orthotics can do a lot of hard work, but that means they can’t last forever, either. Eventually, the materials of an orthotic will wear down to the point where it is providing less (or no) supportive help. It is also common for circumstances to change, and the need for orthotics to change with them. Regular maintenance and replacement of orthotics is essential to…
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Want Clearer Nails in the Future? Start Now!

For clearer nails, start your treatment today. Fungal toenails are often a stubborn, long-time companion for many patients. While they don’t often cause any pain, they can definitely be responsible for some emotional trauma. Self-consciousness and constant concealment of afflicted toes is not the happiest way to go through life. The good news is that toenail fungus is treatable. The bad news is, it can take several months for the fungus inside a nail to be killed within its fortress. However, even when the fungus is fully eradicated, the thick, brittle battlefield of the infected nail tissue remains. New, clearer…
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Make a New Year’s Resolution to Take Good Care of Your Feet!

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Take Good Care of Your Feet!

If you are like most of us, you have made a resolution or two for the New  Year. We have one to add to your list: Take good care of your feet! Those two hard-working feet will take you a long way through your lifetime and need attention to keep them in tip-top shape. Here's how: Check your feet every day. Look for any damage such as cuts, punctures, cracked skin or fungal infections. Don't forget between the toes and your soles! Wash your feet daily with warm, soapy water and a soft sponge or washcloth. Be sure to dry…
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Even Santa has a Great Pair of Boots

Boots have long been a practical choice for the winter, but today’s boots are also a fashion statement. Even those who don’t need to worry about cold weather are selecting boots this season. If you follow some specific podiatrist-approved advice, you will be comfortable wearing your boots regardless of where you live and what type of temperatures you have to endure. Have your feet measured before trying on boots. The size of your feet can change throughout your life. Keep in mind that your boot size may not be the same in all styles and brands of boots. Try to…
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Types of Pain in the Heel

Types of Pain in the Heel

Have you ever thought about how many miles you have walked over your lifetime? In a year? A month? A week? A day? Every time you pound your feet on hard surfaces, especially when you aren’t wearing proper shoes, you may begin to develop pain in the heel. Sore heels will most likely cure themselves without resorting to surgery if given appropriate rest. However, people many times ignore the warning signs and don’t give their feet the rest they need. This can cause the pain and problem to worsen and could lead to a chronic condition. If your heel starts…
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Fungal Toenails…I’m Tired of These Embarrassing Toenails!

Fungal Toenails…I’m Tired of These Embarrassing Toenails!

Onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, is a problem that affects millions of people worldwide. Onychomycosis can be mild and only a cosmetic concern — but for many, the nail changes that occur develop dangerously thick, sharp, malodorous fungal toenails which can result in pain and can sometimes result in secondary bacterial infections. Most cases of toenail fungus are notoriously difficult to eliminate, mostly because the fungus resides throughout the nail, and even on the nail bed beneath it. The structure of the nail itself is not easily penetrated by topical agents, which makes topical treatments less effective than oral antifungal medicines.…
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4 Foot Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

Have you felt a sudden change in the the condition of your feet lately? Foot problems can indicate bigger health issues elsewhere in your body. In fact, the feet are one of the first areas to show signs of serious medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. Here are four foot problems you should look for and what they may mean. 1. Pain Whether you’re experiencing sudden or prolonged pain, it is worth seeing your doctor or podiatrist to confirm that the pain is not the result of a larger medical issue. Foot pain can signal anything from a fracture…
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