Posts for: February, 2016
One of the most common problems we see here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care are ingrown toenails. They can happen to anyone and some people are more prone to getting them. An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail is unable to grow upward, for a number reason, and instead starts to grown into the skin. They can be painful and due to the breaking of skin, they can get infected.
Ingrowns can cause the skin to become red and irritated. Since they are painful, many people try to dig or cut them out themselves. While this does work for some people, those who are diabetic or have compromised immune systems would be best to leave it to a doctor to remove the ingrown nail. Once an ingrown toenail becomes infected though, it is best to leave it alone all together, and call a doctor.
There are several reasons you do not want to pick at an ingrown toenail that is showing signs of infections. First of all, you can make the infection worse. There are many different types of infection and opening the area up can welcome more bacteria, viruses or fungi into the wound. Picking at the site can also push the infection deeper into the tissue, and eventually bone. Having an infection in the skin and tissue is bad enough, but a bone infection can comprise the entirety of your health. If you think you have an ingrown, the best thing to do is call the doctor and have a professional remove it. This can save you pain, money and time.
Winter can be mean to your skin. Most of us lotion our hands and faces more in the winter, but we do not always remember to lotion our feet as well. Dry feet can be not pleasant to look at, but they can also be painful. Many people get cracked heels, which can make walking very painful. The buildup of dry, dead skin can also be cosmetically unpleasing. Fortunately, you can add foot care to your personal regime without adding a lot more time.
The best thing to start with is a pumice stone or foot brush. While you can use both, most people prefer one or the other. A pumice stone is a grey, porous stone that comes from volcanic ash. It is mildly abrasive so it is great for getting dead skin off without irritating the healthy skin underneath. The best way to use it is to soak your feet in warm water, wet the stone and gently rub it over the problem areas in a circular motion. A foot brush is great for getting in between toes and on the tops of feet. Just remember to always be gentle. It is easy to get over zealous and scrub too hard.
To help keep the healthy skin moisturized, it is best to use a lotion that will offer lasting results. Lotion containing shea butter is a great way to help lock in moisture all day. If you suffer from diabetes or have circulation issues, it is best to talk to a doctor before using any products on your feet. Diabetic feet require special care.