Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and sometimes infection. They often result from improper nail trimming, wearing tight footwear, or injury to the toe. Genetic predisposition and certain activities that put pressure on the toes, such as running or ballet, can also contribute to this condition. People with curved or thick nails are more susceptible to ingrown toenails. Symptoms include redness, tenderness, and sometimes pus if an infection develops. If left untreated, the pain can intensify, making walking difficult. To find relief for an ingrown toenail, soak the foot in warm water to reduce swelling, and gently lift the nail away from the skin using a cotton ball or dental floss. Prevent ingrown toenails by trimming nails straight across, wearing properly fitting shoes, and avoiding trauma to the toes. If you have a persistent or severe ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for professional treatment and guidance. 

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 one of our podiatrists of Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot blisters in children often stem from friction caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes or excessive moisture buildup. Improperly sized footwear can rub against delicate skin, leading to painful blisters. Prolonged periods of activity, especially in hot or humid conditions, can also exacerbate the problem by increasing sweat production, which softens the skin and heightens friction. Additionally, wearing socks made from non-breathable materials can contribute to moisture accumulation, creating a conducive environment for blister formation. To prevent these discomforts, it is vital to ensure that children wear properly fitted shoes with ample room for their growing feet. Opting for moisture-wicking socks made from breathable fabrics can also help keep feet dry and reduce friction. Encouraging breaks during physical activities and teaching children to recognize early signs of discomfort can prompt timely adjustments, preventing blisters from worsening. If your child has a foot blister that has become infected, or if recurring blisters develop, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer effective treatment and prevention tips.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis notorious for its sudden and excruciating pain. Gout typically targets one joint at a time, and commonly strikes in the big toe joint. Flares, which are periods of intense symptoms, alternate with remission phases. The primary culprit behind gout is an excess of uric acid in the body, which forms crystals that accumulate in joints, fluids, and tissues, sparking inflammation. While gout has no cure, it can be effectively managed with medication and certain lifestyle adjustments. Diagnosis by a podiatrist usually occurs during a flare up, involving symptom assessment, physical examination, and lab tests to detect uric acid crystals. Seeking diagnosis and treatment from a podiatrist is important due to gout’s nonspecific symptoms that resemble other inflammatory disorders. Treatment typically involves pain management during flare ups with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs, or colchicine. Other preventive measures can include dietary changes to eliminate foods rich in purines and weight management to reduce future attacks and complications. If you are experiencing symptoms like sudden joint pain or swelling, especially in the big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Flat feet, or fallen arches, are a common condition where the arches on the inside of the feet are flattened, allowing the entire sole to touch the floor while standing. This can be identified through a simple test. Wet your feet and stand on a flat surface where your footprint will show. A complete imprint of the sole indicates flat feet. Causes range from inherited genetic traits to weakened muscles in the feet and ankles due to aging or injury. While flat feet themselves are not always problematic, they can lead to complications such as foot pain, alignment issues with the ankles and knees, and increased risk of injuries. Management options include wearing supportive shoes, custom orthotic devices, engaging in exercises that strengthen foot muscles, and reducing activities that put excessive strain on the feet. If you have flat feet and have foot pain or mobility issues that persist, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and tailored treatment plan.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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