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What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin, causing redness, swelling, and pain. While this can happen to any toenail, it more commonly affects the big toe. While a minor ingrown toenail for an otherwise healthy individual may not be a cause for concern, some situations warrant turning to a podiatrist for care.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you notice any of these signs of an infected ingrown toenail it’s time to visit a foot doctor:
- Increased pain, swelling, or redness
- Skin that’s hard to the touch
- Pus or drainage coming from the nail
Can you prevent ingrown toenails?
There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Some of these steps include:
- Not picking, pulling, or tearing your toenails (especially torn edges)
- Making sure that you are trimming your nails straight across (never curved) and that you keep them level with the tips of your toes
- Wearing shoes that have a large toe box and don’t bunch up your toes (shoes with a pointed toe will put too much pressure on the toenails)
- Wearing the appropriate footwear for certain activities, such as construction work or sports, to prevent injuries
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
The condition known as clubfoot is a common congenital deformity affecting nearly 1 in 1000 kids and is characterized by an inward turning of the ankle so that the soles of one or both feet are facing inward. If the condition worsens and is left uncorrected, it can cause major future problems with ambulation.
In many cases, with early detection and treatment, clubfoot can be completely corrected and the child will experience no ill effects and will be able to participate in regular activities.
Clubfoot can either be an isolated condition that is independent of other problems, or there may be other health factors like neuromuscular difficulties, that create a more complicated scenario.
Treatments for clubfoot include:
The Ponseti method—This treatment consists of a combination of manipulation and stretching exercises that involve the use of casting to gradually redirect the growth of the foot over many months.
Surgical repair and bracing—After the casting procedure is completed, a small surgical incision will modify the tightened heel cord, and braces will be utilized for the remainder of the healing process to prevent a recurrence.
If you notice that your child’s feet are pointing in an unusual manner, contact your podiatrist for a consultation. In the vast majority of instances, the flexibility of young bones and other tissues makes the Ponseti method very effective. If these conservative treatments of manipulation, stretching, and casting do not provide the necessary correction, a surgical procedure may be required to realign the bones, ligaments, and other tendons and tissues.
If your child is showing symptoms of clubfoot, be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN for a proper evaluation and recommendation for treatment. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to helping your child maintain healthy feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Many people who have flat feet do not experience any pain however, if flat feet are acquired in adult hood it can not only become painful but possibly disabling as well.
The best way to determine if you have flat feet is to notice how your feet hit the ground when they are wet on a dry surface. If your imprint shows most of your foot, chances are you have flat feet. This condition is usually associated with pronation (when your ankle bone leans inward as you walk) and when flat feet become painful it means the tendon in your foot has become inflamed or torn. Ignoring this condition can lead to permanent disability but if you take time to follow some of these simple suggestions you may see permanent results instead.
What causes flat feet?
- Stretched or damaged tendons
- Aging and decreased muscle strength
- Pregnancy or Obesity
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Abnormality from birth
What treatments are available:
- Supportive shoes will help long term changes. Avoid tight shoes, high heels or unnaturally shaped shoes.
- Consult a podiatrist for medical treatment as soon as possible.
- Weight loss can take the pressure off the bones, ligaments and tendons in your feet.
- Physical therapy may be recommended depending on the diagnosis.
- Orthotics that are custom made can give the best results.
Is surgery an option?
Depending on the severity of the deformity caused by pronation, flat feet reconstruction can restore function and relieve pain. Surgery will repair the damaged or stretched ligaments and tendons that support the arch. Full recovery from flat foot surgery can take up to one year but you should be able to go home the same day with a splint or cast to support the foot. All surgeries have complications and risks and this one is not exempt. Wound breakdown or incomplete healing of the bones could be a potential problem but proper care is essential to avoid this risk.
If you think you may have flat feet or would like to discuss a surgical solution contact our team at Foot First Podiatry located in New Albany Indiana. To schedule an appointment with Zahid Ladha call 812-945-9221 and let us change your foot print.