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Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

The toe that is most often impacted by an ingrown toenail is the big toe. It happens as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the surrounding skin, and can cause pain and discomfort. Additional symptoms can include swelling, redness, and the toe may ooze pus. Several reasons why ingrown toenails develop can consist of genetic factors, trimming the toenails incorrectly, and wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Mild relief may be found when that nail is soaked in warm water, as this is helpful in softening the skin surrounding the nail. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, please seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

The medical condition that is known as cracked heels can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Common signs of this ailment can include visible cracks in the skin, in addition to thick and peeling skin. It may occur as a result of wearing shoes that have an open back, or from standing for long periods of time throughout the day. Existing medical conditions that can include psoriasis, diabetes, and eczema may play a significant role in developing this condition. It may be beneficial to stay as hydrated as possible, and mild relief may be found when a good moisturizer is frequently applied. Cracked heels can become infected if they are not promptly treated. If you notice symptoms of this condition, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

People that do not have an arch in their foot, or possibly a low arch, are said to have the medical condition that is known as flat feet. Most people are born with flat feet, and the arch typically develops after several years. Patients who have had a foot injury, have gained weight suddenly, or wear shoes that do not fit correctly may develop flat feet. Additionally, patients who have medical conditions that can include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or who have suffered a stroke, may be prone to having flat feet. This ailment may cause the feet to feel achy for the majority of the time, and it can be difficult to accomplish daily activities. Mild relief may be found when gentle calf stretches are frequently practiced, and it may be beneficial to wear custom made orthotics in the shoes. If you have fallen arches, or flat feet, please speak with a podiatrist who can offer the best treatment options that are correct for you.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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