As much as you may wish it would, bunion and foot pain won’t go away on its own. You have to fix the source of the problem to get any long-term relief. A podiatrist at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, has a solution for your bunions and recommendations for how you can avoid them reoccurring.
Struggling with Bunions
Though bunions appear to be harmless bumps on the inside surfaces of the feet, they are actually bone deformities that can cause consistent, persistent pain and swelling. The pain is usually felt on or around the bunion itself, but it can also be felt in the toe joints.
How to Relieve Pain from Bunions
The best course of action for bunion pain is to immediately seek treatment with a podiatrist to see if a targeted therapy will help. Here are a few ways that a podiatrist in Needham can help get calm your foot pain due to bunions:
- Realign the bunions with surgery (bunionectomy), splinting, and/or orthotic therapy.
- Administer corticosteroid injections at pain sites.
- Practice exercises and physical therapy of the foot to relieve pain.
Dealing with Bunions Going Forward
It’s important to be aware of what caused your case of bunions, whether it was a foot deformity from childhood or the type of shoes you wear every day. That way you can avoid having them form again. Here are some tips on how to avoid bunion pain:
- Wear doctor-prescribed custom fit orthotics in your shoes everyday—especially when you’re planning to do a lot of walking or standing.
- Wear padding between the toes to help keep them properly aligned.
- Visit your podiatrist regularly for foot exams to ensure the bunion doesn’t return or worsen.
It’s hard to feel motivated to get through your day when your feet are throbbing with pain due to bunions. Get a podiatrist at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, to help. Call (781) 444-4044 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Mitry.
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.
When you participate in high activity sports like basketball, tennis, and football, you are at a higher risk for ankle sprains. Here are a few signs of a possible sprain, but keep in mind that you should have this injury officially diagnosed and treated by your foot doctor Dr. Michael Mitry at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA.
What Is an Ankle Sprain?
An ankle sprain is an injury to the ankle bone that is related to torn or stretched ligaments. It’s usually caused by the ankle twisting or bending abnormally. For instance, if while playing a sport your body goes one way and the ankle turns in the opposite direction, an ankle sprain can occur. A sprain is usually very painful at its onset and will probably continue to ache without corrective treatment. Without therapy, the problem can worsen. It’s especially important to seek urgent help if you’re an athlete so that you can avoid a chronic problem.
Signs of a Sprain
The most obvious sign of a sprain is intense pain. The ankle has been turned out of its proper position, so there’s damage to the ligaments and nerves. You’ll likely see swelling and bruising around the ankle after a sprain. Walking, running, and exercising becomes laborious and stressful. You may find yourself walking with a limp after an ankle sprain. Any of these signs call for a visit to your Needham foot doctor.
Treating an Ankle Sprain
One of the best ways to treat an ankle sprain is to wrap the ankle with compressive ace bandages to give it support. A night splint may also be beneficial. Physical therapy and stretch exercises will help the ligaments heal over time, but you have to be consistent with your doctor’s advice. In the case of a serious sprain, surgery may be required to get the foot back to normal.
Seek Ankle Treatment Today
Your ankle is an important part of your foot, and when it's injured you should have it looked at as soon as possible. Call Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA at (781) 444-4044 today to schedule an ankle examination with Dr. Michael Mitry, a foot doctor who is committed to complete foot and ankle care.
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.
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