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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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In a previous blog post on custom orthotics, I discussed the importance of having your orthotics (shoe inserts) custom fitted for your feet by a professional pedorthist. Look for a pedorthist who is certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics.
An ABC-certified pedorthist has met rigorous educational requirements and completed a minimum of 1,000 hours of pedorthic patient care. They must also pass an intense examination, testing their knowledge of pedorthic assessment, implementation, practice management, ethics and professionalism.
By choosing an ABC-certified pedorthist, you ensure that your pedorthist is knowledgeable and experienced — and that's important when you consider how much time you'll spend standing and walking on the custom inserts they provide for you.
Choose your orthotics provider carefully. There are many types of places offering orthotics these days, ranging from drug stores and kiosks to podiatry clinics. We are fortunate at The Foot & Ankle Center to have one of the few ABC-certified pedorthists in the area right here in our clinic.
If you need to be fitted with custom orthotics to improve the functionality of your feet as you stand, walk or play sports, or if you have a foot injury or deformity, difficult-to-fit feet or a medical condition such as diabetes, we encourage you to make an appointment — and see what a difference professional, custom-fit orthotics can make in the quality of your life.
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Orthotics (custom-fit inserts you wear in your shoes) can make walking, standing, or even playing sports more comfortable for many people with various types of foot problems. How about you? Could a good pair of orthotics make a difference for you?
Here are a few situations where a high-quality, customized pair of orthotics could potentially make a big difference:
Foot Deformity: If you have bunions, hammertoes, clubfoot or other types of foot deformities, you know how challenging it can be to find shoes that fit right. At the Foot & Ankle Center, we have a staff pedorthist (shoe fitting expert) who provides custom orthotics, shoe modifications and braces to improve foot function, comfort and mobility — even for feet with these types of deformities.
Overuse Injuries: Athletes who participate in high-impact sports, such as running, are often sidelined with injuries that may improve with specialized shoes and insoles. Other conditions can also create overuse problems that custom shoes and insoles might help.
Difficult-to-fit Feet: Maybe you're one of the many people who have feet that are just hard to fit for shoes, such as a wide forefoot but a narrow heel — or your two feet may be two different sizes. Our pedorthist can modify your shoes to give you a better, more comfortable fit.
Medical Conditions: If you have diabetes, you're at higher risk for developing a foot ulceration or infection, which may become severe enough to result in amputation. About one-quarter of diabetics will develop foot problems, so protecting your feet is critical — and properly fitted and correctly constructed shoes and insoles are your best line of defense. Even patients who've had an amputation can be helped — our pedorthist can fit them with customized extra-depth shoes, and fabricate a custom insole with a filler for the missing portion of the foot. Others who may benefit from custom orthotics include people with arthritis, neuromuscular disease or post-polio syndrome.
If you have any of the conditions listed above, properly fitting shoes and orthotics could make a huge difference in your overall health and quality of life. Let our pedorthist create a custom solution for you — request an appointment today.
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I got an email from a woman who was concerned that her feet had started growing again — and she wanted to know if that was even possible. Well, actually, that's not really possible. Once your growth plates close, which happens in your teen years, your feet can't grow any more.
What this woman was experiencing was some looseness in the ligaments that hold the bones together in her foot. This is something that happens as part of the aging process, and as that occurs, your feet may get a little longer and a little wider — but it's just because the bones are sagging some. So, the woman's feet weren't growing.
But, what's important to take away from this is that if you do notice your shoes are getting tighter, it might be because your foot is starting to spread out, and you should start wearing a slightly larger shoe, to make sure it fits properly.
If you'd like more information about caring for your feet, check out the links below. Or, to schedule a consultation, give us a call at 804-320-FOOT (804-320-3668).