Posts for: December, 2019
Have you noticed a tiny, pointed outgrowth of bone on the bottom of your foot? If so, you may be dealing with a bone spur, a foot deformity that can result from osteoarthritis or tendonitis. To properly diagnose a bone spur, visit the Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group in Columbus, Dublin, Clintonville, OH. Here we can discuss what's bothering you and customize a treatment plan based on your symptoms.
What are Bone Spurs?
The body will sometimes produce excessive growths of bones to compensate for missing cartilage. Although this can happen in any part of the body, it most commonly develops in the feet. Also known as a heel spur, this is a condition in which a hard calcium deposit grows between the arch and heel of your foot. It is often a result of plantar fasciitis, a condition that occurs when the band of tissue that connects these two joints develop inflammation and become irritated. Although bone spurs are associated with plantar fasciitis, they are not the cause of heel pain. Sometimes they may present no symptoms at all.
When you visit our office in Columbus, OH, your podiatrists can assess your risk for developing bone spurs during a consultation. To reduce your chances of developing bone spurs, you should visit us for the following:
- Walking gait abnormalities
- Putting excess pressure or stress on the nerves near your heel
- Frequently wearing poorly-fitted footwear
- Running or jogging on hard surfaces
Treatment for Bone Spurs
Your podiatrist makes it easy to treat bone spurs, by offering two convenient locations in Columbus, OH, and one in Dublin, OH. Bone spurs are typically only treated when they are causing symptoms but might include a change in footwear, heat and ice therapy, or over-the-counter pain relievers. A treatment strategy will be created based on your specific needs but intends to decrease inflammation, increase the mobility of the foot, and protect it from further injury.
Need Care? Give Us a Call
If you find it difficult to walk, wear shoes, or stand for long periods, visit Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group in Columbus, Dublin, Clintonville, OH, to get back on your feet. For more information about the types of conditions we treat, the services provided, and appointment scheduling for our three locations, visit our website.
An ingrown toenail is a common foot problem that occurs when the corner of a toenail, usually the big toe, grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can cause pain and swelling in the affected area. If you are a healthy individual you can often treat the ingrown toenail with simple at-home care; however, patients with diabetes, nerve damage in the feet or signs of a foot infection should always see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Causes of an Ingrown Toenail
There are several factors that could increase your risk for developing an ingrown toenail. These include:
- Heredity: if your family has a history of ingrown toenails you may be more likely to develop them, too.
- Poorly fitted shoes: shoes that are too tight and cramp up the toes can also cause painful ingrown toenails, particularly in teens whose feet are still growing rapidly
- Improper nail trimming: if you cut your nails too short or if you cut them at an angle rather than cutting them straight across you could be leaving yourself prone to an ingrown toenail
- Injury to the toe: jamming or stubbing the toe can also increase the risk of an ingrown toenail (this is most common in athletes)
Treating an Ingrown Toenail
If there are no signs of an infection (e.g. foul odor; skin that’s hot to the touch) and you are otherwise healthy then you can probably treat the ingrown toenail all by yourself from the comfort of your home. Take frequent Epsom salt soaks and apply an antibiotic cream to the area to prevent infection. Again, if there is no infection you can soak nails for several minutes so that they soften, and then gently clip away the affected area of the nail.
If you are experiencing signs of an infected ingrown toenail or if you have diabetes and develop an ingrown toenail it’s important that you seek a podiatrist’s care right away. A podiatrist can treat the infection while also removing part of or the entire nail so that it grows in properly.
Preventing Ingrown Toenails
While there are certain factors such as heredity that cannot be helped, there are certainly measures you can take to reduce your risk for ingrown toenails. For one, always make sure that you wear properly fitted shoes that do not put pressure on the toes.
Secondly and most importantly, you need to know how to properly trim your toenails. Nails should be level with the tips of your toes. If nails are cut too short or if you trim your nails so they are curved at the edges rather than straight then an ingrown toenail is more likely to develop as the nail grows out.
Athletes should also make sure that they are wearing appropriate footwear for their chosen sport. Not all tennis shoes are created equally so if you have any questions about the footwear that you should wear, don’t hesitate to speak with your foot doctor.