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By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
January 27, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Suffering From Ingrown Toenails? We Can Help.

If you are suffering from an ingrown nail you know just how difficult they can make even just getting around. Unfortunately, the condition will not go away on its own due to the inherent cause of an ingrown nail, which is the nail itself growing and digging into the skin. If caught early, and you are physically able to, you may be able to treat it at home on your own. But you can always depend on your podiatrist for professional care whenever anything troubles you and your feet. Something especially important to consider if you suffer from diabetes. To learn more reach out to your local experts of the Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group in Columbus and Dublin, OH.

How to Ease Your Discomfort

Inflammation and the pain that results from it are the more immediate concerns you can address if you are suffering from an ingrown nail.

You will want to opt for footwear that does not further constrict your toes, which will only make the problem worse. If at all possible avoid shoes altogether, or wear sandals, for a short time.

It's also helpful to soak your foot every day in warm water to further ease the swelling.

As for the ingrown nail itself, some recommend carefully separating it from the skin using a strip of cotton and then trimming it correctly to avoid it happening again. But performing this procedure on your own can prove difficult, and should be avoided if it's painful. Your best bet is to consult with your podiatrist for proper treatment, as they're experts on everything that may be wrong with your feet.

Your podiatrist will treat the infection and relieve your pain, and correct the ingrown nail, even in the most difficult cases.

You can ease some of the discomfort on your own, but for treatment, you can depend on your podiatrist to help.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Columbus and Dublin, OH

Don't endure the pain of an ingrown nail by putting it off for too long, especially if there are signs of infection. Your podiatrist can not only treat it but can help you prevent them by advising you on proper footwear and the right way to cut your nails. Make your appointment today with the professionals of Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group by dialing (614) 267-8387 for Columbus, OH, and (614) 761-1466 for Dublin, OH.


By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
January 15, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Sprain   Fractured Foot   Broken Bone  
Did I Break My FootWhether you took a bad tumble or your child had a rough collision while playing sports, it’s important that you do not just recognize the signs of a broken foot but that you also seek immediate medical attention. Of course, we know that it isn’t always easy to differentiate a break from a sprain. Here are some signs that your foot is broken and need to be seen by a qualified podiatrist,
  • Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
  • Pain that is directly above a bone
  • Pain that is worse with movement
  • Bruising and severe swelling
  • A cracking sound at the moment of injury
  • A visible deformity or bump
  • Can’t put weight on the injured foot
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of a fractured foot or ankle they must turn to a podiatrist for care. We can diagnose, set, and treat all types of fractures; however, if the bone is dislocated or looks severely broken (a visible bump or deformity appears on the foot) it’s a good idea to head to your local ER.
 
How can I tell the difference between a break and a sprain?

The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
 
How is a broken bone in the foot treated?

Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
 
If you are on the fence about whether or not to see a podiatrist about your injury, why not simply give us a call? We can discuss your symptoms on the phone to determine whether we can take a wait-and-see approach or whether you need to come in right away for care.

By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
January 04, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  
What To Do About BlistersEverything from wearing shoes that are a little too loose to increasing the number of miles you run can leave you dealing with painful blisters on your feet. Blisters can be quite a nuisance, making it difficult to move around, especially when wearing shoes. If you deal with blisters rather regularly here are some simple ways to treat the problem.
 
Keep the Blister Intact

If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
 
Keep Popped Blisters Clean

If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
 
Drain the Blister Yourself

You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
 
Replace Bandages Daily

You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
 
Of course, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, you mustn't try to drain or treat the blister yourself. Even something as small as a blister could become infected or lead to serious complications. You should see your podiatrist right away for any blisters that develop on your feet.
 
If you develop signs of infection such as pus, increased redness, or swelling of the blister, you must see your podiatrist right away for treatment. While blisters aren’t usually a cause for concern in most healthy individuals, it’s also important that you practice good foot care to prevent blisters from happening.