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By North End Foot Center
October 25, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Ingrown toenails are common, and if one makes its way to your foot, pain, redness, swelling, and irritation will arise immediately. If you areIngrown Toenailhaving 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
  • Injury

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.

By North End Foot Center
May 28, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Hammertoes  

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 Hammertoespodiatry 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!

By North End Foot Center
February 26, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   High Heels  

Have you stopped doing the things you love due to bunion pain? When every step sends pain shooting through your foot, giving up your favorite activities may, unfortunately, seem like the wisest choice. Luckily, your Boston, MA, podiatrist, Dr. Frank Campo, offers treatments Bunion Treatmentthat can ease your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy. Read on to learn more!

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe, due to a misalignment of the metatarsophalangeal joint in your foot. The painful bumps make walking uncomfortable and worsen if you don't seek treatment.

In addition to pain, you may also notice that your big toe feels a little stiff. Although stiffness may seem like a minor problem, it can change the way you walk, which may eventually lead to leg, hip, or back pain.

If your bunion is inflamed, you'll notice that it looks red and feels tender to the touch. Corns and calluses may also develop on the bottom of your foot and on the top of your second toe if your bunion causes your big toe to rest on top of your second toe.

Why do I have bunions?

Anyone can get bunions, but they're particularly common in women who wear high heels. The tight shoes press against the sides of your foot and add extra pressure to the front part of your foot due to the height of the heels.

Bunions may also occur due to arthritis, an inherited foot imbalance, a foot injury, or a deformity.

How can my Boston foot doctor help me?

Treatment depends on the severity of your condition and its impact on your life. In some cases, it may be possible to reduce your pain with tape or splints that improve the position of your foot.

Orthotics may be helpful too, particularly when paired with shoes that offer a wider toe box. The prescription shoe inserts improve the alignment of your foot and decrease pressure on your forefoot.

Ice and medications like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can ease pain and reduce inflammation.

Although these measures can make you more comfortable, surgery is the only way to eliminate bunions. Bunion surgery involves improving the position of the joint by realigning the bone, tendons, and ligaments. Surgery is usually only recommended if you have severe pain and find it difficult to walk or participate in your usual activities.

Are you tired of living with bunion pain? Call your Boston, MA, podiatrist, Dr. Frank Campo, at (617) 248-8682 to schedule an appointment.