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Got Ingrown Toenails? Symptoms, Causes, Prevention & Treatment

Posted by on December 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Got Ingrown Toenails? Symptoms, Causes, Prevention & Treatment

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a nail grows into the skin. The medical term for this affliction is onychocryptosis. The condition may cause pain or discomfort, and if left untreated, it may lead to infection. If home remedies do not help, or if pain, swelling and redness occur, it’s best to see a podiatrist for proper treatment. There are several possible causes for ingrown toenails, such as wearing shoes that do not fit properly or trimming toenails incorrectly. Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent this condition, and methods of treatment your foot doctor may initiate to help you heal. If you suspect you may have an ingrown toenail, here is what you need to know: Recognize the Symptoms of Ingrown Toenails In many cases, it is easy to diagnose an ingrown toenail at home. While ingrown toenails most commonly occur in the big toe, it may affect any of the toes. If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, here’s what to look for: Pain or discomfort along the edge of the toenail: There may be redness, swelling and tenderness. Infection: Along with the swelling and redness, you may notice discharge of pus, which may be tinged with blood. Frayed skin along the edge of the nail. Learn the Causes Ingrown toenails may occur for several reasons. Most often it happens when an individual trims his or her toenails too short or unevenly. In some cases, people develop ingrown toenails when they wear shoes (and socks) that fit too tightly, crowding the toes and nails. Athletes are often prone to this condition, as are individuals with an abnormal gait. Other causes may be a fungal infection of the toenail, or obesity. You may also develop this condition if you injure your toe and nail. For instance, if you bang your toe against a door or table, or if you drop a heavy object on your toe, the affected toenail may be forced into the in the skin and continue to grow inwards. Know How to Prevent Ingrown Toenails While ingrown toenails may not always be preventable (such as the case of heredity), there are simple measures to take that may reduce your chances of developing this painful condition. For one thing, always trim your nails straight across and not angled. Also, it’s important to wear properly fitting shoes and socks that do not crowd your toes. Lastly, examine your feet periodically for abnormalities or changes around the toenail. This is especially important if you have diabetes, as you may be prone to foot problems or infections. Treat the Condition Promptly If you have developed ingrown toenails despite taking precautionary measures, you need to treat the problem at once. Left untreated, an ingrown nail may lead to infection. In the early stage or in mild cases that do not cause pain or infection, you may try a few home remedies, such as soaking your foot in warm water to reduce inflammation. You might also apply a dab of antibiotic cream around the affected area to reduce the chance of infection. However, if simple home remedies do not seem to help, or if you develop pain while standing or walking, swelling or discharge, you need to see a foot specialist. You should also see a podiatrist if you experience recurrent...

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4 Ways To Manage Bunions Without Surgery

Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Manage Bunions Without Surgery

Bunions can range from mildly annoying to seriously debilitating. Regardless of the level of pain and annoyance that your bunions elicit, there are a number of ways that you can manage your bunions without having to result to having intensive surgery. Here are a few methods that can help you manage your bunions day-to-day. Orthotics Orthotics can help slow or stop the progression of your bunions by addressing the instability that causes the deformity. Orthotics are inserted into your shoes to help realign the bones in your foot and can also help in relieving some pain and pressure that bunions cause. You should keep in mind, however, that orthotics probably won’t be effective for treating your bunions long-term. While you can buy orthotics over the counter in drugstores, having orthotics that fit properly is key, so make sure you see a podiatrist or doctor who can help ensure you have ones that best suit you and your needs. Depending on the severity of your bunion, you may need to have orthotics specially made for you. Change Your Footwear Relieve pressure on your feet by changing the shoes you wear— continuing to wear your old shoes will only exacerbate the issue. The initial cause of your bunions was mostly likely the result of wearing narrow, pointed-toe footwear. Chances are, if they caused those bunions once, they’ll cause them again. When changing up your footwear, you’ll want to opt for shoes that are wider with a flexible sole, and make sure there’s enough space to accommodate the bunion. When purchasing your new shoes, make sure the toe box is wide enough to accommodate your toes and bunion without any pain. Sandals, running shoes, and footwear made of soft leather are a few options you should consider when changing up your footwear. Bunion Pads Use a moleskin or gel-filled pad to protect the bunion. These can be purchased in drugstores, so it’s a quick and easy way to manage a bunion. A moleskine or gel pad will act as a barrier between your toe and shoe, helping to reduce irritation and protect your bunion. While some bunion pads may be held against your foot with a loop that fits over your big toe, others are made with adhesive on one side so they can stick onto the bunion. Whichever bunion pad you choose, just be sure that your shoes are able to accommodate the moleskin or pad along with your foot, comfortably. Pain Relief If you find your bunions are causing you extreme pain, you may want to consider using painkillers to help ease any discomfort you’re experiencing. It’s important that you read the leaflet enclosed in the packaging and follow the recommended dose, so make sure to follow the directions properly. There are a few over-the-counter painkillers you may use to help with painful bunions. Ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol are some medications that might be recommended to you to help reduce any swelling and relieve pain. If your toe joint is swollen, you should use an ice pack, wrapped in something like a cloth or towel, to take help take the swelling down. Try doing this a few times a day in order to help with the pain and inflammation a bunion causes. These are just a few methods of bunion...

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