Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:00

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Fungal toenail infections can be recognized by the slow development of discolored, thickened, and distorted nails, often accompanied by discomfort. Although not typically serious, fungal toenail infections can be bothersome and challenging to address. Fungal toenail infections typically arise from fungi prevalent in warm, moist environments, like gym locker rooms. Contributing factors include poor foot hygiene, sweaty footwear, and exposure to communal areas where people are likely to be barefoot. Treatment options encompass antifungal medications, although it may take a long time and cause side effects. While mild cases may resolve without intervention, severe infections often necessitate medical attention. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and options for more advanced treatment.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Thomas Vail, DPM of Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Patients considering hammertoe surgery should be aware of potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. These include post-operative pain, swelling, and the risk of bone spur recurrence, particularly if they were a contributing factor to the hammertoe. Other complications from hammertoe surgery can include difficulty with toe mobility and altered gait, along with the possibility of nerve damage that leads to pain or numbness. As with any surgery,  infection at the surgical site is another concern. Following post-operative care instructions and attending follow-up appointments with a podiatrist are vital steps in minimizing the risk of complications. To find out whether hammertoe surgery is right for you, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to make an informed decision.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Thomas Vail, DPM from Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Findlay, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Bunions are bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of the big toe, resulting from the misalignment of the foot's bones. This misalignment causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead, which creates a visible protrusion on the side of the foot. Bunions can cause pain, soreness, and swelling, especially when wearing tight-fitting shoes that press against the bump. There are conservative treatments for less severe cases, such as wearing wider and more comfortable shoes that provide ample space for the toes, and using padded shoe inserts to distribute pressure evenly across the foot. Special exercises that strengthen the foot and improve flexibility can also help manage bunion symptoms. These non-invasive treatments aim to relieve discomfort and prevent the progression of the bunion without the need for surgical intervention. However, more severe cases of bunions may warrant surgery. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss treatment and measures you can take to prevent the condition from worsening. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Thomas Vail, DPM of Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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