Posts for category: Foot Care
If you take your foot health for granted, one condition quickly can call your attention to it. It's athlete's foot, or Tinea pedis, as podiatrists call it. In their Needham, MA, office, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter treat this fungal infection, eliminating its many uncomfortable symptoms. If your feet are hot, itchy, red, and blistering, you may have athlete's foot and need the great treatment provided by Advanced Podiatry of Needham.
Symptoms of athlete's foot
The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that athlete's foot troubles up to 15 percent of Americans--from children to senior adults, both men and women (although men seem more prone to it) and athletes and non-athletes alike.
However, other factors contribute to Tinea pedis symptoms. They include:
- Allergies, including eczema
- Compromised peripheral circulation
- Participation in athletics
Commonly, people who develop athlete's foot exhibit many similar symptoms, including:
- Sore and red skin, particularly between the toes
- Itching and burning
- Blistering, cracking, and peeling
Left untreated, the infection may become chronic. Plus, people who are immunosuppressed may develop secondary infections and foot ulcers. The infection may spread to other areas of the body such as the groin (jock itch) and hands.
Avoiding athlete's foot
Being proactive about athlete's foot really helps. Your Needham podiatrists remind their patients that the fungus spreads by direct contact with other people and by sharing bathroom and locker room areas, towels and nail clippers.
In short, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as Benjamin Franklin once said. Dr. Mitry and Dr. Karter recommend these preventive strategies to keep athlete's foot at bay:
- Have clean feet. Wash them daily using soap and water and a clean towel to dry them completely, particularly between the toes.
- Wear clean socks daily, and put on a fresh pair whenever they feel sweaty.
- Change your shoes when they are sweaty because the Tinea pedis fungus loves darkness and dampness.
- Use anti-fungal foot powder or spray before you develop symptoms, particularly if you run or workout a lot.
- Trim your toenails with clean clippers only.
- Wear flip-flops in public swim areas, showers, and locker rooms.
- Wear well-ventilated shoes at all times when outdoors.
- Use anti-fungal laundry soap or chlorine bleach (on white socks) in the wash. If possible, hang your socks outside to dry because sunshine sanitizes.
Treating athlete's foot
If you have symptoms which last beyond two weeks, if your symptoms are severe, or you are diabetic or have compromised peripheral circulation, see Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter as soon as possible. Simple visual examination of the feet suffices for diagnosis, but sometimes, a small skin scraping helps rule out other problems. Besides the above preventive measures, your podiatrist may prescribe an anti-fungal cream, ointment, or oral medication.
Get them back to normal with help from Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA. We have convenient office hours Monday through Friday. Don't suffer from prolonged athlete's foot. Call today: (781) 444-4044.
Nail fungus isn't always easy to treat at home. If your toenail remains yellow despite months of diligently applying over-the-counter fungus medication, it may be time to consider a more effective option. Our Needham, MA, podiatrist, Dr. Michael Mitry of Advanced Podiatry of Needham, explains how laser nail fungus treatment can help you get rid of your yellow toenails.
How does laser treatment work?
Unlike topical products that only target the first few layers of your toenail, laser treatment reaches under your nail to eliminate fungus where it starts. Colorful pigments in the fungus give your nail its unsightly yellow appearance. Laser light targets those pigments, eliminating the fungal infection
The energy generated by the laser beam heats the fungus, causing it to die. Thanks to the pinpoint accuracy lasers offer, surrounding areas of healthy tissue won't be damaged by the treatment.
What does laser treatment feel like?
You might assume that a treatment that generates heat would be painful, but you'll only notice a tingling or slightly warm sensation in your foot. The laser produces short bursts of energy to ensure that the treatment isn't uncomfortable. After your treatment in our Needham office, your toe will feel perfectly fine, and you'll be able to carry on with the rest of your day.
When will I see results?
Although the fungus may be dead, your toenail will still look yellow after your treatment. You'll begin to see the effects of the treatment in the next several months. As the nail grows, the bottom section will appear clear. Eventually, your entire nail will be fungus free.
Although laser nail treatment is very effective in treating toenail fungus, the treatment won't prevent it from returning if you're exposed to the fungus in the future. You can lower your risk of another infection if you alternate your shoes, use an anti-fungal spray in your shoes, change sweaty socks frequently, avoid sharing socks or shoes, and wear sandals in locker and shower rooms and around public pool areas.
Clear up your toenail fungus with laser nail fungus treatment. Call our Needham, MA, podiatrist, Dr. Mitry of Advanced Podiatry of Needham, at (781) 444-4044 to schedule an appointment.
Would you like to keep your feet in good shape as you grow older? Although you might not realize it, your feet are just as affected by aging as other parts of your body. Our Needham, MA, podiatrist, Dr. Michael Mitry of Advanced Podiatry of Needham, shares a few tips that will help you care for your feet.
Slather some moisturizer on your feet
Dry skin, a particularly common effect of aging, occurs when the production of the natural oils that lubricate your skin decreases. Without sufficient moisture, your skin can quickly become dry, itchy and cracked. Applying moisturizer to your feet daily will help relieve these uncomfortable dry skin symptoms.
Buy comfortable shoes
Years of walking, standing, running and jumping can lead to foot pain as you age. Pain may occur if you have arch problems or arthritis in your feet or ankles, but your feet may hurt even if you don't have an underlying condition. As a result of age-related changes, the fatty deposits that help cushion the bottoms of your feet become thinner. Without a thick layer of protective layer of fat, walking on hard surfaces can be painful.
Making good shoe choices can help you avoid pain. When you visit Needham area shoe stores, look for footwear that supports your arches, cushions your feet and is sturdy enough to offer stability. Although you may have been able to wear inexpensive flip flops or flat shoes in the past, choosing shoes with sufficient support is a must as you grow older.
Avoid ingrown toenails
Your toenails can grown into your skin if you don't cut them straight across. Unfortunately, arthritis or mobility issues can sometimes make it difficult to cut your nails yourself. If this is the case, ask a friend or relative for help or call our Needham office to schedule a nail cutting appointment.
Look for signs of trouble
Daily foot exams can help you identify possible problems before they become out of control. Pay attention to the appearance of your feet and nails. For example, if you notice that your nails appear yellow, successfully treating your fungal infection may be easier if you catch in the early stages. Exams are particularly important if you have diabetes. If you see open sores, red skin, red streaks, numbness or a change in the temperature or color of your feet, let us know immediately. Treating diabetic foot conditions promptly will help you avoid serious complications.
Keep your feet healthy and comfortable with a visit to the foot doctor. Call our Needham, MA, podiatrist, Dr. Mitry of Advanced Podiatry of Needham, at (781) 444-4044 to schedule an appointment.
Most people don't give a lot of thought to their feet until pain or an injury develop. Although they are designed to bear the weight and force of movement from our bodies as we perform everyday activities like walking and climbing stairs, to working out at the gym or running marathons, the feet and ankles are not immune to injuries. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis are two of the most common orthopedic injuries. Dr. Michael Mitry in Needham, MA, offers a range of podiatry services for bunions and other common foot and ankle issues.
Common Foot and Ankle Problems
Many feet and ankle problems are preventable, but no one is immune to an injury or heel and ankle pain at some point. Conservative treatments like rest and physical therapy are usually effective depending on the issue, but persistent symptoms like pain, swelling and difficulty walking should be evaluated by a podiatrist.
Some of the most common foot and ankle injuries and conditions include:
Bunions (hallux valgus) - A bunion is a joint deformity that causes the metatarsal bone at the base of the big toe to protrude, causing the big toe to shift at an angle in the direction of the other toes. The metatarsal joint becomes inflamed, which causes pain, swelling and even difficulty walking. Anyone can develop a bunion, but some people are more at risk due to genetics and family history. The best way to prevent bunions is to avoid wearing tight, narrow shoes that continually squeeze and put pressure on the toes.
Ankle sprains - Ankle sprains can range in severity from mild to severe, and result from a forceful twisting or rolling motion. Most sprains heal on their own with rest and conservative treatment.
Plantar fasciitis - One of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that runs the length of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Heel spurs - Calcium deposits that cause bone protrusions in the heel (often associated with long-term plantar fasciitis).
Ingrown toenails - Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toe (but can develop on any toe). They cause pain, redness and possible infection when the edge of the nail cuts into the skin.
Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) - A common infection that can cause nail thickening and discoloration.
Find a Podiatrist in Needham, MA
For more information on prevention and treatment options for bunions and other foot and ankle problems, contact Advanced Podiatry of Needham by calling (781) 444-4044 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry today.
Find out if any structural changes in your feet could be due to a bunion.
A bunion is a rather common deformity that can affect any toe but often inflicts the big toe, causing a bony protrusion to stick out at the base of the toe’s joint. While women are more likely to develop bunions than men, anyone can suffer from bunions. From the office of our Needham, MA, podiatrist, Dr. Michael Mitry, find out the telltale signs and symptoms of a bunion and when to come in for care.
How will I know if I have a bunion?
All you have to do is check out your feet. If your feet are normal, then the big toe will be completely straight. If you notice a bump on the outside of the foot that’s at the base of the big toe, then chances are good that a bunion is forming. If you are just noticing it, then it’s most likely small at this point, which is a great sign! This means that you can take simple everyday precautions to prevent it from getting worse.
If you also notice that your big toe is leaning inward toward the other toes then you most certainly have a bunion. If your bunion has already affected the structure of your foot, this can cause foot pain, particularly when walking or standing.
Who is more likely to develop bunions?
As we mentioned earlier, anyone can develop a bunion. Of course, there are some factors that increase your chances including:
- A family history of bunions
- Being a woman
- Wearing high heels or tight shoes
- Having arthritis in your feet
- Experiencing a past foot injury
When should I visit my Needham, MA, foot doctor?
If you check your feet and notice a hard protrusion forming at the base of the big toe, it’s a good idea to give us a call so we can properly evaluate it. By examining the foot, we can quickly determine whether or not you have a bunion. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, we can also determine which treatment options will be best for you.
We can offer up simple lifestyle changes you can make such as wearing properly fitted shoes or custom orthotics, icing the joint or splinting the foot at night to prevent morning pain and stiffness.
Turn to Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, for all of your foot needs, whether you are looking for ways to treat your bunion or if you are dealing with other foot problems. We are here to get you back on your feet!