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April 2022

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

If you notice that the skin around your toenail has become red, swollen and painful, especially when wearing shoes, you probably have an ingrown toenail. It could become infected if left untreated. The two main causes of ingrown toenails, which typically affect the big toe, are tight shoes and toenails that have been improperly cut. Other causes include stubbing your toe, picking or tearing your toenails or the skin around them, and having sweaty feet. Ingrown toenails are more common in older people, because the nails become thicker with age. The best way to avoid an ingrown toenail is to trim the nails straight across and not too short; wear shoes that fit well; and keep your feet clean and dry. If you have continual problems with ingrown toenails, or have developed an infection, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Ingrown toenails are more likely to develop in people who have diabetes and circulation problems. If you have either of these conditions, it is wise to visit a podiatrist regularly for treatment. 


 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dawn Miles, DPM of Florida. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:00

A Profession That Requires Standing All Day

There are many professions where it is mandatory to stand for the majority of the day. Teachers often fall into this category, and many of them experience pain from working on their feet. It is important to choose shoes that fit correctly. These generally consist of shoes that can provide adequate arch support, and wearing these types of shoes may prevent developing plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Some teachers find it beneficial to stretch their muscles throughout the day, and standing tall can help to improve alignment. The calf muscles can be stretched by standing on a step, and lowering the heel until a gentle pull is felt. If you would like more information about how to keep your feet healthy while standing all day, please speak to a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

What Causes My Feet to Burn?

If you sometimes experience redness and burning in your feet, as well as other body parts, you may have a disorder known as erythromelalgia. Flare-ups, which can last for days, usually start out as itching, which then becomes burning pain, redness and mottled skin. Erythromelalgia can affect your ability to stand, exercise and sleep. Its symptoms may be triggered by an increase in body temperature after exercising, wearing warm socks, being dehydrated, or even eating spicy food. The cause for most people is unknown, but erythromelalgia has been linked to several underlying conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. It also may be triggered by taking certain medications. Self-treatment is not recommended, as it may lead to more serious problems. Instead, if you think this condition is affecting your feet, as well as limiting your daily activities, it is wise to seek the counsel of a podiatrist for analysis and possible treatment options. 

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 09 April 2022 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Wounds are a major concern for people with diabetes. Prolonged elevated blood sugar levels can lead to nerve damage and poor circulation. Both conditions can make it very difficult for the diabetic to detect, and for their body to heal, developing wounds on their feet. Wounds that do not heal can lead to much more dangerous conditions such as ulcers, infections, gangrene, and in severe cases, amputation. To avoid these worst-case scenarios, diabetics should avoid wounds from developing in the first place. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well and do not rub against the skin is one way to prevent blisters, corns, calluses, or other problematic issues from developing. To minimize the risks of cuts or scrapes, walking barefoot should be avoided. The feet should be inspected daily for any cuts, abrasions, red spots, blisters, or anything unusual. Any irregularity should be immediately reported to a podiatrist. Finally, regular checkups with a podiatrist are critical for every diabetic to keep wounds at bay and to receive prompt and professional treatment should a wound develop.

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 Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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