Posts for: September, 2014
Ingrown Toenails: How to Properly Treat Them
Onychocryptosis. Even the name is horrible. The “crypt” part evokes the dankness and darkness of a long-forgotten tomb and sends shivers down the spine. So what does this foul word mean, in layman’s terms? An ingrown toenail, which is just about as horrible as the medical term implies. Read on to find out how the podiatry professionals at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC recommend you properly treat this painful foot problem.
Choose your footwear wisely
You may not have been wearing the best shoes for the health of your feet and that could be why you’re in this situation in the first place. While hindsight is 20-20, you’re in the here and now and you still have the opportunity to make good decisions about what you wear on your feet. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists want you to avoid shoes and socks that are too tight and put a lot of pressure on your feet. It goes without saying, but pointed shoes or ones that narrow greatly at the toes should not be worn while you have an ingrown toenail.
Maintain fancy feet
Keep your feet and toenails clean at all times. Toes trapped in sweaty socks and shoes all day are breeding grounds for bacteria. If you can, keep your feet dry at all times. It is a good idea to soak the foot in warm water several times a day. This will both help the wound heal and alleviate some pain. Also be sure to cut toenails straight across, with no rounded corners, to prevent toenails from growing into the flesh of the toe.
If it’s infected
If the ingrown toenail becomes infected, don’t fret. Symptoms of an infection include heat, redness, increased pain, swelling and development of pus around the site. Visit your Lake Ridge and Stafford foot doctors, who will be able to assess the situation and may prescribe antibiotics or a soak and antiseptic regimen. In severe cases, your podiatrist may recommend partial removal of the toenail.
While ingrown toenails are a, quite literal, pain, they are both avoidable and treatable. Despite their grim-sounding scientific name, they are a common foot problem that your trusted podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC are happy to help you take care of. If you have any more questions about ingrown toenails or the health of your feet, contact your Lake Ridge and Stafford foot care providers today.
Keep an Eye Out for Unhealthy Shoes to Protect Against Heel Pain
You just spotted the love of your life across the room. Tall, slender, sleek and sexy. You make your advance. You know you’ll be hurting later but you just can’t resist. That shiny red patent leather is calling your name. No wait. It’s your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrist and he’s saying, “Don’t do it, Linda. It’s not good for you.”
The biggest offenders
The foot doctors at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC know that you want to look good from head to toe, but shoes today are becoming worse and worse for your feet. Your caring podiatrists want you to keep a lookout for certain types of shoes to avoid heel pain as much as possible.
High heels - No surprise here. These days, stilettos are soaring to new heights and are sending their wearers tumbling to the ground. Wearing high heels puts uneven pressure on the balls of your feet and can send a searing pain through your foot once you take them off and take a step. Additionally, some women suffer from what experts call “pump bump,” a bony protrusion on the heel that can be a harbinger of serious pain with the wrong shoes.
Flip-flops and sandals - The beloved summer staples may free your feet from their sweaty prisons, but too often these shoes have minimal or no arch support. While you may have snagged ten pairs when your favorite store had their dollar flip-flop sale this year, the flatness of these shoes can cause serious heel pain, in addition to a host of other problems such as increased likelihood of injury to the foot.
Ballet flats - Yes, they are adorable and yes they will cause you pain. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists recommend avoiding ballet flats that you wouldn’t be willing to wear inserts or custom orthotics in to east the pressure on your feet. Just the same as flip-flops and sandals, ballets provide little to no arch support for your feet. Come on, “flat” is in the name.
Old shoes - If your shoes are old, flimsy and worn out, they could be causing you heel pain. Your foot doctor at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC recommend you part ways with your beloved footwear and get a new pair that will support your whole foot, the way it should.
Here at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC, your dedicated Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists want you to take care of your feet and to keep both eyes out for shoes that could cause you a world of hurt. To find out what types of shoes we recommend to prevent heel pain, visit us today.