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April 2024

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Ingrown Toenails and Why They Occur

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, swelling, and redness. This condition typically affects the big toe and can result from various factors, such as improper trimming, wearing tight-fitting shoes, injury, or genetic predisposition. Symptoms include tenderness along the nail border, inflammation, and sometimes infection, which may result in pus or drainage. People with curved or thickened nails, athletes, individuals with poor foot hygiene, or those with certain medical conditions like diabetes are more susceptible to ingrown toenails. Treatment from a podiatrist often involves gently lifting the ingrown edge, trimming the nail properly, and providing guidance on proper nail care techniques. In some cases, a portion of the nail may need to be removed to prevent recurrence. For severe or recurrent ingrown toenails, surgical procedures like partial nail avulsion may be recommended by a podiatrist to alleviate pain and prevent complications. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment that is best for your condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Foot care is a critical aspect of diabetic management, as individuals with diabetes are prone to foot comp-lications. Maintaining skin integrity is essential, especially in diabetic feet where issues like neuropathy and poor circulation can lead to ulcers, infections, and possibly even amputations. Preventive care and regular screening are paramount in mitigating risks. A multidisciplinary team, including podiatrists, plays a pivotal role in diabetic foot care. Podiatrists specialize in assessing foot health, identifying early signs of complications, and providing tailored interventions. They offer expertise in wound care, orthotic management, and footwear recommendations, all aimed at preventing and managing foot problems. By emphasizing preventive measures, such as daily foot inspections, proper hygiene, and appropriate footwear, podiatrists collaborate with patients to minimize the likelihood of diabetic foot complications. If you are a diabetic patient, it is strongly suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist as part of your diabetes management.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Heel Pain While Walking

Heel pain stemming from walking can arise from various underlying conditions, including plantar fasciitis, fat pad atrophy, arthritis, and Achilles tendonitis. Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tissue connecting the heel to the toes. This condition commonly causes sharp pain upon initial steps in the morning. Fat pad atrophy results in decreased cushioning under the heel, leading to discomfort with weight-bearing activities. Arthritis may cause stiffness and pain in the heel, particularly during movement. Achilles tendonitis involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon, typically causing pain at the back of the heel. A podiatrist offers specialized care for heel pain, providing a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause. Treatment options may include custom orthotics, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, or corticosteroid injections. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. If you are experiencing heel pain that is interfering with your mobility, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for management options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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