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Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

How Do Ingrown Toenails Develop?

A common symptom of an ingrown toenail appears as red skin on one or both sides of the big toe. It occurs as a result of the nail growing into the skin, and can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additional reasons this ailment may occur can include if the toenails are trimmed too short, or if there has been an injury that happened to the toe. The skin may appear swollen, there may be pus draining from the nail, and it may be painful to walk. Some patients find it beneficial to soak the affected nail in warm water, as this can help to make it easier to lift the nail away from the skin. There are measures that can be implemented which may prevent ingrown toenails. These consist of wearing shoes and socks that fit correctly, and trimming the toenails in a straight line. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition, which may help to avoid an infection.

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 Dr. Gabriel Lazar of Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor 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 office located in El Paso, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 26 July 2019 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet.

Want to wear open toe shoes again? ...Special occasion? Vacation? ...You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails.

Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

What is Hammertoe?

A hammertoe will occur when there is a bending of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toes. This bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, which in turn will cause problems to develop. The most common cause of hammertoe is an imbalance of a muscle or tendon. This is what causes the toe to bend. Some symptoms of hammertoe to look out for are pain or irritation of the affected toe when wearing shoes, corns and calluses on the toe, inflammation, open sores and contracture of the toe. There are a variety of different measures used to treat hammertoe. You can use a pad prescribed by the podiatrist that protects corns and calluses on the feet from irritation. Another option is to change shoewear. Any shoes that are too short, have pointed toes, or shoes with high heels can force the toe against the front of the shoe. Instead, look for shoes that have a comfortable feel that give the toes enough room. Orthotic devices are also found to be helpful. A final treatment would be medications that are anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, which are recommended to reduce any pain and inflammation. In a small amount of cases if the hammertoe has become painful and rigid, then surgery may be required to treat it. If you feel that you exhibit any of the signs or symptoms of hammertoe, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist as soon as you can. 

 

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in El Paso, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

The Benefits of Wearing Orthotics

There are many patients who wear orthotics to relieve existing foot pain. Orthotics are inserts that are put into the shoes, and may be helpful in correcting structural problems. Orthotic devices can redistribute the body’s weight and provide adequate cushioning that is necessary in relieving pressure and reducing stress. There are several foot conditions that may benefit from wearing orthotics. These include bunions, plantar fasciitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. A proper diagnosis typically consists of examining the feet and ankles, in addition to observing the walking style. If you have chronic foot pain, and are considering wearing orthotics, it is advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can make a diagnosis and properly measure you for orthotics.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in El Paso, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

Reminder: When was the last time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Monday, 08 July 2019 00:00

Types of Foot Pain

The feet are comprised of numerous bones, ligaments, and tendons, in addition to 250,000 sweat glands. They endure the weight of the body, so it is important to properly care for your feet to prevent painful foot conditions. Many patients suffer from athlete’s foot. This affects the skin on the feet, and typically causes pain and discomfort. This is a foot ailment caused by a fungus that attacks the skin on the bottom of the feet and in between the toes. Blisters can develop as a result of wearing poorly fitting shoes, in addition to bunions and hammertoes. If you experience heel pain, it can be indicative of plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Heel pain can also be a result of a heel spur. It is important to consult with a podiatrist who can perform a correct diagnosis and treat any foot condition.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in El Paso, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Living with foot pain is hard on your body.  Give us a call and let us find out what's wrong.

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 00:00

Are Babies Born with Flat Feet?

Babies’ feet are considerably more flexible than the feet of adults. This is because their foot bones have not fully developed; damage to the feet can therefore occur easily to children’s feet when compared to adult feet. Research has indicated it is not necessary for young children to wear shoes while indoors. The toes will become stronger as they grasp the floor, and this will help the feet naturally develop. When shoes are eventually worn, it is helpful to measure your child's feet every three months until they are approximately three years of age. This can ensure that there is enough room in the shoes for the toes to move freely. Research has indicated that many babies are born with flat feet, and this is generally outgrown by the age of six or seven. If you notice your child is walking with their toes pointed inward or outward, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can determine if this is due to any underlying foot conditions.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar of Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in El Paso, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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