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There are some crazy myths out there about guys and pedicures.
Let's set the record straight (then scroll down to save $10):
- Myth #1: “Pedicures are for girls.” We’re not sure how this got started, but everyone needs healthy feet — men and women! A professional pedicure in a clean environment is a great way to help keep your feet fit.
- Myth #2: “Cutting my nails is no big deal.” Actually, how you cut your nails is very important. Cutting them too short or missing little pieces at the edges can lead to painful ingrown toenails. (And if you happen to be diabetic or undergoing chemotherapy, cutting your nails takes on even more importance, because of the risk of infection.)
- Myth #3: “Getting a pedicure is uncomfortable.” On the contrary. You’ll relax in a deluxe massaging recliner while your feet soak in a warm, soothing bath. An expert technician will gently trim and file your toenails, remove excess skin from your feet, exfoliate and massage your legs and feet with a sugar-crystal scrub and massage them with a moisturizing lotion, finishing with a buff. Some men may even opt for our reflexology pedicure for more relaxation and revitalization. A pedicure is a great way to relieve stress and take it easy for a while.
- Myth #4: “Pedicures are only cosmetic.” This is completely inaccurate — there’s an important health component to taking care of your feet and nails. Many men have rough, dry, calloused feet, which can crack and become infected. Foot problems can cause problems with the way you walk, leading to hip, knee and back pain. Also, making sure your feet are clean, exfoliated and moisturized can help prevent bacteria from breeding. This is especially important if you shower or walk barefoot in your gym’s locker room.
- Myth #5: “I’ll be the only guy in the nail spa.” Don’t be so sure. You'd be surprised how many men visit our medical-grade nail spa on a regular basis. Certainly, some are prodded by the women in their lives, but many march in here on their own because they consider keeping their feet and nails healthy an important part of their overall fitness.
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In two previous blog posts, I discussed prevention of ingrown toenails and a home treatment that may provide some relief (for people who are otherwise in good health). However, if you currently have an ingrown toenail, there are some situations in which you should absolutely see a podiatrist and not attempt to treat it yourself.
You should see a podiatrist about an ingrown toenail if …
- You see drainage, excessive redness or signs of infection,
- You have severe pain,
- You've tried a home remedy and it didn't work, or
- You have diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulatory disorders (if you have any of these conditions, you should see a podiatrist immediately, at the first sign of an ingrown toenail, to avoid serious complications.)
What can a podiatrist do to treat your ingrown toenail?
An experienced podiatrist can properly diagnose and determine the most effective treatment for your ingrown toenail. At The Foot & Ankle Center, our podiatrists routinely treat ingrown toenails. In many cases, we'll apply a numbing agent to your foot and remove the ingrown portion of the nail. We may also prescribe medication to treat any infection that has occurred. Some people have a chronic problem with a particular toenail that keeps becoming ingrown; in those cases there is a procedure we can do that will permanently prevent ingrown toenails. We can also advise you on ways to prevent ingrown toenails in the future, including proper nail care and shoes that fit well.
If you've been suffering with ingrown toenails, please know that we've been able to help many others who've had the same painful problem. I encourage you to make an appointment today, and see how we can help you.
In a previous blog post, I discussed prevention of ingrown toenails. But once you've got an ingrown toenail, what's the best treatment? Do you need to see a podiatrist, or can you treat ingrown toenails at home? There are two ways to answer this question, depending on whether you have a medical condition.
If you are diabetic, have peripheral vascular disease or other circulatory disorders:
Do not attempt to treat an ingrown toenail at home! If you suspect an ingrown toenail because you you have symptoms such as redness, swelling, drainage or pain, make an appointment with your podiatrist immediately! If you're diabetic, we have a standing rule at The Foot & Ankle Center: if someone calls to make an appointment about an acute foot injury and they let us know they're diabetic, we'll find a way to squeeze them in to see the podiatrist that same day — because it's vitally important to treat diabetic foot conditions immediately, in order to prevent a serious infection.
If you are in good health and do not have diabetes or circulatory disorders:
It's still a good idea to make an appointment with your podiatrist. However if the ingrown toenail is not severe or infected, you may try this home treatment first: Soak your foot in a basin of either warm salt water or warm, soapy water. Afterwards, apply an antiseptic to the ingrown toenail area and put a bandage over it to protect it. If you don't see improvement shortly thereafter, you should see your podiatrist. And, if you notice any drainage or excessive redness around the toenail, you should see your podiatrist immediately.
Never try to remove any part of an infected nail yourself.
This should only be done by your podiatrist. Avoid over-the-counter medications as well; these should only be taken on the advice of your podiatrist.
In an upcoming blog post, I'll discuss how we treat ingrown toenails at The Foot & Ankle Center. In the mean time, if you're dealing with painful ingrown toenails, we can help. I encourage you to make an appointment.
Ingrown toenails are a common condition that we treat at the Foot & Ankle Center.
Your toenails are supposed to grow straight out, but sometimes a toenail will start to curve as it grows out, and the corners or sides of that nail may start to dig into the soft tissue around the nail. Most of the cases we see impact the big toe, but you can get an ingrown toenail on any of your toes. The most noticeable symptom of an ingrown toenail is pain! You'll probably also notice redness and swelling and possibly some drainage around the affected nail.
Can ingrown toenails be prevented?
It depends on the cause. Sometimes ingrown toenails occur due to heredity, and you may be more susceptible if a parent had trouble with ingrown toenails. Other times an ingrown toenail could occur as the result of some sort of trauma to the foot.
How to prevent ingrown toenails:
One common cause of ingrown toenails is trimming your nails improperly. Use toenail clippers and cut your nails straight across – never curved or pointed – and use a nail file to gently smooth out any sharp corners. Another cause of ingrown toenails is shoes that don't fit properly. Avoid shoes that are pointy or too narrow in the toe, as these can cause or aggravate ingrown toenails. Also, make sure your socks are not too tight and your toes aren't crowded together.
In my next blog post, I'll discuss ways you may be able to treat ingrown toenails at home, and when you should absolutely see a podiatrist. In the mean time, if you're dealing with painful ingrown toenails, we can help. I encourage you to make an appointment.
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Is there a pedicure especially for people with arthritis? At the medical-grade spa located here inside The Foot & Ankle Center, we offer a variety of manicure and pedicure options, including several types of specialty pedicures for clients with various health issues. These include a pedicure for diabetics, as well as a pedicure for chemotherapy patients. Another type of specialty pedicure we offer is the Arthritis Pedicure.
Our clients who are struggling with joint pain may benefit from an Arthritis Pedicure. We start with our standard Essential Pedicure, and then we add an extended massage that gently puts joints through their full range of motion to decrease stiffness. Your feet are then placed into a warm, deep-heating paraffin dip to increase circulation and joint mobility.
Having a regular Arthritis Pedicure can help relieve stress on the joints and decrease arthritis pain. Clients who have the Arthritis Pedicure also receive a bottle of Biofreeze® to help maintain joint comfort between pedicures.
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