Ingrown Toenails And How to Prevent Them
An ingrown toenail arises when the side or the top of the toenail (usually on the big toe) grows into the skin around the toe. Ingrown toenails can be painful and if not treated, promptly can cause an infection. Dr. Frank Campo is a podiatrist at Northend Foot Center, in Boston, MA. He specializes in foot and ankle problems.
What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail may be caused by:
- Not cutting your toenails evenly
- Toenails that grow in a curved or irregular shape
- Socks that are too tight and put pressure on your toes
- Shoes that are pointed or have a narrow toe box
- Trauma to your toenail
- Not keeping your feet clean or dry
- A hereditary condition
Signs and Symptoms of an Ingrown Toenail
Many Boston residents who recognize these symptoms choose Dr. Campo for their podiatry needs:
- Tender skin around the affected toenail
- Redness and swelling around the nail
- Pain in the toe when wearing shoe or socks or walking
Signs that you may have an infection in the toenail include:
- A yellowish-green discharge
- An unpleasant smell coming from the nail
- Persistent pain
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should talk to a podiatrist as soon as possible. If you suffer from diabetes, you may have an increased risk of ingrown toenails.
Avoiding Ingrown Toenails
- Cut your toenails evenly, straight across
- Avoid cutting your nails too short
- Wear shoes and socks that fit comfortably and give your toes plenty of room
If you have concerns about an ingrowing toenail or any other foot problems and you’re looking for a podiatrist, call Dr. Campo at Northend Foot Center, in Boston, MA today at (617) 248-8682.
In the United States alone, more than 32.4 million people suffer from diabetes. This disease can lead to complications with your foot health. Podiatry issues typically arise when there is nerve damage – known as neuropathy. This is a serious condition that you need to discuss with a medical professional. Dr. Frank S. Campo is a Boston-based podiatrist who can help you with your diabetic foot care.
What is Neuropathy
Although neuropathy can cause pain and tingling in your feet, because of the nerve damage, it can cause loss of feeling in your feet. This means you may no be able to feel heat, cold, or external pain. For example, you could have a small stone in your shoe and not feel it cutting into your foot. This means you could get a blister or laceration that could develop an infection if it is not noticed. Neuropathy can also cause changes in the shape of your feet. In this case, you could benefit from specially customized shoes. A podiatrist can help you with these.
Diabetes and Skin Changes
Diabetes can also affect the skin on your feet. Sometimes, you may experience very dry skin, which may crack and peel. This happens when the nerves responsible for moisturizing your feet no longer work properly. Each time you bathe, you should dry your feet carefully, making sure that you dry between your toes. You can also benefit from applying a thin coat of diabetic foot cream or petroleum jelly. You should avoid applying moisturizer between your toes as extra moisture in these areas can cause infection. You should also avoid soaking your feet in water for a long time as this can make your skin even drier.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
If you suffer from diabetes, you understand the importance of taking good care of your feet. If you are having problems or would like some advice about your diabetic foot care, contact Dr. Campo today on (617) 248-8682 to make an appointment.
Do you have heel pain that comes and goes, but is now increasing every day? If so, Dr. Frank Campo of North End Foot Center in Boston, MA, is here to help. Read on to learn how our podiatrist can sort out your symptoms to help eliminate heel pain.
What causes heel pain?
At our Boston area practice, your podiatrist sees many people whose heel pain problems come from a number of sources, including gout, arthritis, nerve entrapment, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition of the bowstring-like tissue between the toes and heel bone. Extremely common in the United States, plantar fasciitis results from weight problems, improper gait, and the aging process.
Whatever the cause, heel pain typically worsens when left untreated. Accordingly, if you're suffering from a tender heel, contact North End Foot Center for a consultation with Dr. Campo. He will ask you about your symptoms, look at your feet, analyze your walking gait, and take digital X-rays and other imaging. With this information, he can properly diagnose and treat your heel pain.
Treating heel pain
Much depends on your podiatrist's diagnosis. In general, pain should lessen with:
- Rest from strenuous activities such as running and tennis
- Elevating the foot
- Ice to the heel and arch
- Anti-inflammatory medications and/or injections (cortisone)
- Orthotics (i.e. custom-made shoe inserts) that correct gait problems and provide proper arch support
- A change in shoes (better arch support, lower heels, more room in the toe boxes)
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Nighttime splints to keep the proper foot and ankle alignment
In some rare cases, surgical intervention is needed to remove a bone spur or release the tension on the Achilles tendon or plantar fascia. Dr. Campo will compose a care plan specific to your medical needs, lifestyle, and other factors.
Find out more
No one knows more about foot health than the podiatric team at North End Foot Center. Dr. Campo can eliminate or manage your heel pain so you feel great and enjoy great flexibility and mobility. Why wait? Call our Boston office for a consultation today: (617) 248-8682.
Ingrown toenails are common, and if one makes its way to your foot, pain, redness, swelling, and irritation will arise immediately. If you arehaving an issue with this condition, take a step toward relief by scheduling an appointment with Frank S. Campo of North End Foot Center in Boston, MA. Read on to learn more about ingrown toenails and how your local podiatrist can help treat them!
Ingrown Toenail Causes
The most common causes of ingrown toenails include:
- Improper toenail trimming
- Poor foot structure due to heredity
- Tight shoes
- Fungal infection
If painful symptoms occur frequently, our podiatrist may ask you a few questions about your lifestyle and footwear choices. This will help determine the cause of the problem and find a solution.
Ingrown Toenail Prevention
Ingrown toenails are preventable in a few ways, but because they are usually the result of improperly trimmed nails, we especially recommend taking care to cut the nail straight across. Avoid cutting the corners of the nail, and always be sure to wear shoes that allow your toes to breathe.
Non-invasive Treatment Options
He at our Boston office, we always explore non-invasive treatment options for ingrown toenails first before suggesting surgery. A warm foot soak in soapy water may alleviate skin inflammation, and so will avoiding tight footwear, tight socks, and high-heel shoes. We may prescribe antibiotics if an infection is present. In severe cases, we will perform a procedure to remove the infected toenail. You should never attempt to remove an ingrown toenail on your own.
Need Treatment? Give Us a Call
If you have issues with ingrown toenails and are seeking removal, contact podiatrist Frank S. Campo of North End Foot Center in Boston, MA, to discuss treatment options. To learn more about ingrown toenail treatments and the other services we provide, visit our website. If you need to request an appointment, or for questions and concerns, please call (617) 248-8682.
How your podiatrist in Boston, MA, can help
Hammertoes can be unsightly and painful, making it difficult to wear shoes. Hammertoes can also make it difficult and painful to walk or stand. The good news is, your podiatrist can help. Dr. Frank S. Campo at North End Foot Center in Boston, MA, offers a full range of podiatry services including hammertoe treatment. Your podiatrist can help take care of your hammertoe.
A hammertoe usually occurs on your second, third, or fourth toe. The middle toe joint is affected, and begins to bend inward. The inward bending causes your toe to protrude outward, and eventually it will resemble a hammer.
Hammertoes can be caused by wearing shoes without enough room for your toes. Your toes become crushed together causing your toes to bend. High heels can add to the problem because they push the toes forward.
You can do a lot to prevent hammertoes by wearing comfortable, supportive shoes with enough room for your toes. You can also stretch each toe individually with your fingers to keep tendons and ligaments flexible.
Home therapies can sometimes help with hammertoes. Remember to place cushions or pads inside your shoes to prevent friction and irritation. You can also take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Your podiatrist can help take care of your hammertoe with several effective treatments including:
- Toe splints and other devices to realign your toe
- Custom-made orthotics to help correct muscle imbalances
- Custom-made footwear to help correct imbalances in muscles and tendons
- For severe cases of hammertoe, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to realign your toe joint.
Hammertoes can make it difficult to stay active, but you don’t have to suffer! Your podiatrist can help you get permanent relief from hammertoe pain. If you have a case of hammertoe, it’s time to take action and get help. It’s time to call Dr. Frank S. Campo at North End Foot Center in Boston, MA. Call now!
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