Posts for: November, 2016
Ingrown toenails can be very painful, but luckily, most improve with home treatment. If your toenail isn't getting better, minor surgery may be recommended. Drs. Douglas Stabile, Mark Scripps, Richard Derner, Andy Joseph Roussel and Michael Cashdollar are your Lake Ridge, VA foot doctors, and can answer your questions about surgery for ingrown toenails.
When is surgery needed, according to your Lake Ridge, VA doctors?
Surgery may be needed if the ingrown portion of the nail is firmly embedded in your skin or you have developed an infection. Signs of infection include swelling, pus, warmth and redness in your toe. During surgery, your podiatrist removes the strip of toenail that is causing the problem. If you have curved toenails and frequently experience ingrown nails, your doctor may recommend surgery to permanently remove the nail.
What can I expect during toenail surgery?
Your foot doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb your foot before the procedure begins. After the anesthetic takes effect, he'll remove the side of your nail or the entire nail and growth bed, depending on the goal of the surgery.
How will I take care of my toe after surgery?
After surgery, you will need to elevate your foot for a few hours. You may notice that your toe looks bruised, red or swollen. Your foot doctor may give you a special open shoe that supports your foot without putting pressure on your toe. If you don't use the shoe, it's important to wear loose shoes until your toe heals. You'll be able to return to school and work the next day, although you'll want to avoid strenuous exercise or activities for at least two weeks.
It's important to keep the surgical site clean and apply antibiotic ointment and clean bandages twice a day. Over-the-counter pain relievers can decrease pain and swelling. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic if you had an infection.
Ingrown toenail surgery offers an effective way to end your pain. Call Drs. Douglas Stabile, Mark Scripps, Richard Derner, Andy Joseph Roussel and Michael Cashdollar at your Lake Ridge, VA foot doctors, at (703) 491-9500 to make an appointment.
Are you concerned that you may have a bunion? Drs. Douglas Stabile, Mark Scripps, Richard Derner, Andy Roussel and Michael Cashdollar, your Stafford, VA, podiatrists, share a few bunion signs and symptoms and explain what you can do about bunion pain.
Is that bump a bunion?
If your bump is at the base of your big toe, you might just have a bunion. Bunions occur when your big toe begins to drift toward your other toes instead of remaining straight. If your toe remains in its new position long enough, the bones in your foot will move out of alignment and you'll soon notice the bump that's characteristic of a bunion.
If you have a bunion, you may notice:
- Pain, particularly when you're on your feet a lot
- Inflammation or reddening over the bunion
- A burning sensation
- Trouble moving your toe
- Thicker skin at the bottom of your big toe
- Corns, due to overlapping toes
Why did I get a bunion?
Bunions often develop if the shoes you wear are too tight and put pressure on the sides of your feet. Women are particularly at risk because they're more likely to wear high heels and shoes designed for style, not necessarily comfort. Other causes of bunions include an inherited foot instability, arthritis in your foot, a foot deformity or a disparity in the length of your legs
What can I do about my bunion?
Ice and over-the-counter pain relievers can help you relieve bunion pain. Wearing comfortable shoes with plenty of room in the toes will help you get through the day, although you may need to add bunion pads to give your foot extra cushioning. Your foot doctor can offer several solutions that will help ease your pain, such as orthotics, splints and arch supports that help properly align your foot. If your problem is severe, surgery to realign your bones may be recommended.
Do you think you have a bunion? Your foot doctor can help you feel better when you're on your feet. Call any of your Stafford, VA, podiatrists, at (540) 720-0700 to schedule an appointment.