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Find out how to treat and even prevent ingrown toenails from happening to you.
Do you find yourself dealing with ingrown toenails regularly? While an ingrown toenail usually isn’t a serious problem it can be painful and make wearing shoes aggravating. But there are certain measures that you can take to prevent an ingrown toenail. Find out how ingrown toenails happen and when to turn to our Columbus, OH, podiatrists for treatment.
Common Causes of Ingrown Toenails
In order to prevent an ingrown toenail from happening it is important to understand what might be causing it. While you can’t change genetics you can change the type of shoes you wear or how you trim your toenails. Ingrown toenails can be caused by,
- Tight shoes: If your shoes are too tight or put too much pressure on the toenail then you are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail.
- Poor nail trimming technique: If you like to trim your nails so they curve or if you trim them too short you may find yourself dealing with an ingrown toenail more often.
- Trauma: If you stub your toe or drop something on a toenail you may find that an ingrown toenail will develop. This is a common issue for athletes.
Treating an Ingrown Toenail
If you are a healthy individual, most of the time you can treat the problem at home without having to turn to a podiatrist; however, if you notice swelling, pus or if the area is warm to the touch these are all signs of an infection and it’s important that you visit our foot doctor immediately.
If you aren’t experiencing signs of an infection then you may choose to treat the problem by,
- Soaking feet in warm water with Epsom salts
- Applying a bandage to the area to reduce pressure from shoes
If you aren’t sure how to handle the problem on your own or if you are worried that you may make the issue worse then you should also visit a podiatrist who can remove the infected part of the nail to promote faster healing.
Preventing an Ingrown Toenail
Based on the list of causes above you can probably assume what you should do to prevent an ingrown toenail from happening. This includes,
- Trimming your nails straight across rather than at an angle
- Avoiding trimming the nail too short (the nail should never be below the tips of the toes)
- Wearing proper footwear when playing sports
- Ensuring that your shoes and socks fit properly and aren’t too tight
Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group has offices in Columbus, Dublin and Clintonville, OH. If you are dealing with recurring ingrown toenails or if you have questions about the services we offer then call our office today to learn more.
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
Athlete's foot is sometimes a relatively harmless foot condition that eventually goes away on its own with the use of an anti-fungal agent, but there are cases when the fungal infection will persist for weeks or even months. When it isn't controlled, the fungus can compromise the health of your foot by deteriorating your toenails, inflaming the skin, and causing foot odor. See how a persistent case of athlete's foot can be treated by a podiatrist at Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group in Dublin and Columbus, OH.
What Is Athlete's Foot?
If you're constantly smelling a strong, pungent odor from your feet, socks, and shoes, there is a good chance that you may have a case of athlete's foot. It's caused by the overgrowth of harmful fungi that is often picked up in warm, moist environments like showers and pools. Athletes often get this condition because they sweat a lot in their sneakers and thick socks. People who work long hours on their feet wearing tight-fitting shoes, like high heels, may also have this problem.
Treating Athlete's Foot
Some athlete's foot cases are difficult to control and require consistent, aggressive courses of treatment. These are some of the options you'll discuss with your Dublin and Columbus, OH podiatrist:
- Skin samples to analyze the fungus so that the right treatment can be recommended.
- Topical anti-fungal medication (cream or spray).
- Prescription strength anti-fungal pills.
Preventing Athlete's Foot
Keep in mind that athlete's foot is contagious and can reoccur after treatment. It can also spread to other parts of the body when uncontrolled. After you beat athlete's foot and get your feet back to normal, take these preventative precautions:
- Always wear shoes (like flip-flops) in public showers and when walking poolside
- Change your socks frequently.
- Throw away old sneakers that may still contain traces of the fungi (you can tell by the smell).
- Don't share towels, socks, or shoes with others.
See Your Podiatrist
Some cases of athlete's foot are so persistent that it's best to consult a podiatrist. Call (614) 761-1466, (614) 267-8387, or (614) 272-2313 today to schedule an appointment at Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group in Dublin or Columbus, OH.