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An ingrown toenail is a common condition in which the corner of a nail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to inflammation, pain, and sometimes even infection. While home remedies and preventative care may be adequate for treating milder cases of ingrown toenails, sometimes medical intervention is necessary, especially for moderate to severe cases. Seeing a podiatrist may benefit people who are prone to recurrent ingrown nails. There are a variety of medical treatments for ingrown nails, such as lifting or partially removing the nail. A recent study has found that patients who receive medical treatment for ingrown nails are generally satisfied with the outcome and may experience an improvement in their overall quality of life. If you find yourself afflicted with painful or frequent ingrown toenails, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

A common symptom of a condition that is referred to as toenail fungus can include dry and brittle toenails. Additional signs that toenail fungus may be developing can consist of yellowing and thickening of the affected toenail, and it may emit an unpleasant odor. In severe cases, the nail may appear unsightly and lift off of the nail bed. This ailment is caused by a fungus that lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. It is considered to be contagious, and areas this is typically found in can include public pools, communal shower room floors, and surrounding areas. Research has indicated patients who have diabetes may be more susceptible to developing toenail fungus. If you are afflicted with this condition, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you the best 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 one of our podiatrists of Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C. Our doctors 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 Westland, MI.. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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While flip-flops are commonly worn in the summer, over-wearing them can cause potential problems for the feet. Due to the lack of support flip-flops provide, the toes often over-grip the shoe, which can lead to multiple foot conditions. This over-gripping can cause tendonitis to occur and can potentially make existing bunions or hammertoes worse. The strain of the grip can also lead to irritating the plantar fascia and may cause the ailment known as plantar fasciitis. The lack of support from flip-flops can also lead to a higher potential of an ankle sprain. Since there are so many risks involved, it is important to find a flip-flop that is supportive by having thicker straps and soles, as well as an arch support. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain due to your flip-flops, it is important that you consult with a podiatrist for proper care and different ways to implement preventative measures.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Elevated blood sugar levels may cause a condition that is known as diabetes. The feet can be affected in diabetic patients, so it is extremely important to regularly and thoroughly check the feet for cuts, wounds, or bruises. This condition can cause a loss of feeling in the feet due to damaged nerves, and foot ulcers may result from infected cuts that go unnoticed. It is beneficial to frequently trim the toenails, and perform daily foot checks. Some patients may find it difficult to see the bottom of their feet, and it may help to use a mirror. Comfort can be found when the correct shoes are worn, and this is an effective method of protecting the feet. If you have diabetes it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Contact Information

Dr. Kane & Associates, P.C.

35210 Nankin Blvd., Suite 301
Westland, MI 48185
Nankin Professional Center
(1 Block North of Westland Mall)

Phone: 734-525-2555
Fax:734-525-0514
 

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