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Monday, 10 February 2020 00:00

Children that have ingrown toenails may tell their parents their big toe hurts. Upon examining the toe, it may appear red, swollen, and may have drainage from the outer edges of the nail. These symptoms may be indicative of an ingrown toenail. This can occur as a result of improperly trimming the toenails, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Children’s feet grow rapidly, which is why it’s advised to have your child’s feet frequently measured. This can help you to determine the correct size shoe that your child needs to wear. The toe may feel better when it is soaked in warm water several times per day, as this may help to soften the affected area. If you notice an ingrown toenail on your child’s foot, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. 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 our office located in Lancaster, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

Pain and swelling surrounding the big toe may be indicative of a condition that is known as gout. Patients who experience this ailment may be familiar with the effect this can have on the joints in the feet, often making it difficult to walk. Gout is known to be caused by excess uric levels in the blood, and can occur by eating foods that are high in purines. These types of foods may include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that have elevated sugar levels. The symptoms that many patients experience consist of redness on the big toe, and feeling sharp, burning sensations surrounding the affected area. Moderate relief may be found when healthy foods are eaten, and plenty of water is consumed daily. If you are suffering from frequent gout attacks, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Monday, 27 January 2020 00:00

The cuboid bone is located on the outer edge of the foot. The function of this small bone is to connect the foot to the ankle, in addition to providing stability. An injury may cause this area to become inflamed, which may result in torn joints or ligaments. When this occurs, cuboid syndrome may develop, which can produce pain and discomfort on the outside of the foot. The type of injuries that can cause this condition to occur can consist of suddenly twisting the ankle, or participating in sporting activities that include running or jumping. Additionally, existing medical conditions such as flat feet may play a significant role in developing cuboid syndrome. Moderate relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, and the feet and legs are properly stretched to help avoid further injury. If you are afflicted with cuboid syndrome, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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Sunday, 26 January 2020 00:00

Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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