Help is available if you are struggling with ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can cause discomfort, pain, and even lead to infection. A podiatrist can examine your nails and recommend possible treatment options. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter are your Needham, MA, podiatrists for the treatment of ingrown toenails.
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails can affect any of the nails on the feet, but tend to be most common on the nails of the big toes. The primary cause of an ingrown toenail is the sides of the nail growing too closely to the skin. This causes the nail to press against the skin, which often results in painful swelling and redness. Factors that can cause toenails to grow too closely to the skin include toe or foot injuries, fungal infections, wearing tight fitting socks or shoes, trimming the nails with rounded edges rather than straight across, and heredity.
Prevention and Treatment
It is possible to prevent toenails from growing too closely to the skin and becoming ingrown. One important way to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim the nails straight across rather than rounding the edges. Rounded edges are more likely to end up growing too close to the skin. Another method for preventing ingrown toenails is wearing socks and shoes that fit somewhat loosely on the foot as tight fitting socks and footwear can be too constricting. Finally, keeping the toes and feet clean and infection-free can help prevent ingrown toenails.
Fortunately, there are methods for treating ingrown toenails if they do develop. Your Needham, MA, podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham can recommend an appropriate treatment method for you if you are struggling with ingrown toenails. Methods for treatment ingrown toenails include:
- Wearing loose-fitting footwear
- Soaking the feet in warm water
- Medications for pain relief
- Antibiotics to treat any infections
- Surgical removal of the toenail
If you are struggling with ingrown toenails, a podiatrist can help. Several options are available for treating ingrown toenails and a podiatrist can provide suggestions for preventing additional problems with ingrown toenails in the future. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter, podiatrists in Needham, MA, contact Advanced Podiatry of Needham at (781) 444-4044.
Foot pain can affect anyone and quickly cause issues with simple everyday tasks like walking or standing. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you work through your foot pain, find a diagnosis for its cause, and plan the best treatment for you and your body. Find out more about foot pain, common causes, and how your foot doctor can help with Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA
What Causes Foot Pain?
Foot pain often begins mildly and builds in its severity slowly over time. However, some people may experience an injury or trauma to the foot which causes immediate pain. Though a common problem, foot pain has many potential causes:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts
- Stress fracture
- Broken bones
- Sprains or strains
Diagnosing Foot Pain
Your doctor will use a physical examination to determine the cause of your foot pain. If necessary, they will use x-rays or MRIs to fully understand your foot’s situation and examine the bones and connective tissues inside. They may also suggest other types of testing to further investigate your symptoms.
Common Foot Pain Treatments in Needham, MA
The treatment your doctor chooses for your foot pain will depend on the severity of the pain, its location, and any underlying conditions which may contribute to these factors. In some cases, simply staying off the foot will give it enough rest to heal on its own. However, some patients require more significant treatment like physical therapy, injection therapy, or, in some cases, surgery.
If you have foot pain, your podiatrist can help you get to the bottom of your condition and find the best treatment for you. For more information on foot pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA. Call (781) 444-4044 to schedule your appointment with your foot doctor today!
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.
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.
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