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What causes them?
Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toe, and occur most often from poor-fitting footwear. This is because tight shoes can put pressure on the nail, and force them to grow downwards instead of growing outwards.
They can also occur from direct trauma, such as in dropping a heavy object on your toe. Some people are more prone to getting ingrown toenails simply because their nails tend to grow in curved.
One of the best ways you can prevent ingrown toenails is cut your toenails straight across, without rounding out the corners. When cutting your toenails, it is important to make sure that you do not cut your toenails too short, as this can also increase the chance of developing an ingrown toenail.
Wearing appropriate-fitting shoes, like those with a wide toe box, will also help prevent ingrown toenails by preventing the deforming pressure on the nails that can lead to ingrown toenails.
Most patients with ingrown toenails report pain on the sides of the toenail where it digs into the skin. This may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and discharge if infected.
Treatment for ingrown toenails depends on its severity. For some patients, simply removing a portion of the offending nail will solve the problem. This must be done correctly, however, or it will likely come back. For this reason, when toenails are ingrown it is best to leave this to a professional. For more severe cases, more of the nail might have to be removed and a chemical can be used to make sure that portion of nail will not grow back.
If left untreated, ingrown toenails will usually not resolve on their own, and can lead to infection; for this reason, if you think you might have an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with myself or any of our doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care in Sidney OH, Piqua OH, Troy OH and Huber Heights OH, to have it evaluated.
Every year we all make New Year’s Resolutions that we fail to keep. But here are some of my personal recommendations on some new year’s resolutions that can improve your foot health:
Stretch before exercising.
Perhaps the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or exercise more. If this was one of your resolutions, don’t forget to add stretching to the mix. Proper stretching is important because it can prevent injuries, and can also increase flexibility and range of motion.
New Year, New Shoes.
Ring in the New Year with some new shoes. Replace any shoes that show a considerable degree of wear. Shoes may need to be replaced sooner depending on how often they are worn, or what type of shoe it is (for example, running shoes often need to be replaced much sooner than other shoes). Make sure that the soles of the shoes are intact so that they can provide the best support. After you throw the old pair away, make sure that the shoes you replace them with are sensible. And while you are at it . . .
Stop wearing shoes that are bad for your feet.
This might be the hardest on the list for some readers. Studies have shown that many women will wear certain shoes even if it hurts to wear them. This year, try to be more sensible in the shoes that you wear. While you might like those stilettos now, is the pain that you will have from them later worth it? It’s up to you.
In my last post, I discussed the common problem of osteoarthritis. This week, I’m going to talk about another joint disease that is often confused with osteoarthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a joint disease in which your own body attacking the fluid in your joints. Like Osteoarthritis, it most commonly occurs in the hands and feet.
What are the symptoms?
Rheumatoid arthritis causes joint pain in the hands and feet. A common concern is that the pain is worst in the morning; in the feet, this is especially so while getting out of bed.
Who is most likely to get it?
For unknown reasons, Rheumatoid Arthritis is most likely to affect women in their forties.
How is it diagnosed?
Your doctor will likely examine your joints, and may take an x-ray. In addition, he or she may order blood work to confirm the diagnosis.
How is it treated?
Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug to decrease the inflammation and pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Newer medications such as Humira may be more effective for advanced cases.
If you have pain in any of the joints of your foot, feel free to make an appointment with myself, or any of our doctors at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care at any of our four locations: Huber Heights, Troy, Piqua and Sidney OH, for an examination and your doctor will discuss all your treatment options.