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Podiatry Team’s Best Summertime Advice for Families

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in General Foot Care, Ingrown Toenails | Comments Off on Podiatry Team’s Best Summertime Advice for Families

Before long, everyone will likely be running off to the beach or some great, vacation destination. And we know that means there will be a lot of bare feet on display. Although it is fun to bare it all from time to time, it can also create podiatry problems for men, women and children. So we wanted to help families out by sharing our podiatry team’s best summertime tips: Don’t forget about what may be lurking on or just underground. After all, in the summertime, it is common to encounter more than just a stray pop-top or foot fungus. There are fire ants, ground dwelling bees, splintered wood and other things out there that can hurt a person’s feet too. With that said, try to keep those summer shoes or sandals on no matter how inviting the alternatives. Do...

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Ingrown Toenails: A Painful Byproduct of Spring Beauty Treatments and Shoes

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Ingrown Toenails | Comments Off on Ingrown Toenails: A Painful Byproduct of Spring Beauty Treatments and Shoes

As the weather warms up and open-toed shoes start to make their annual appearance, it’s common for incidents of ingrown toenails to go on the rise. The reason is most cases of ingrown toenails may be traced back to improper pedicures, ill-fitting shoes and toenail injuries. Understandably, all of those things have a tendency to occur more often when our feet are exposed or overly pampered in anticipation of going barefoot. For example, we may cut our nails too short or stub our toes on the boardwalk during a trip to the beach.The good news is ingrown toenails, though painful, may be successfully treated. First, consider switching footwear and soaking your feet in a daily Epsom® salt bath. All you need is a large, square wash basin filled with room or warm temperature water and 8 ounces of Epsom®...

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Ingrown Toenail Removal: A Problem Best Left to Podiatrists

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Ingrown Toenails | Comments Off on Ingrown Toenail Removal: A Problem Best Left to Podiatrists

If you are in your 30s or 40s, there is a good chance that there was at least one person in your family that insisted on curing everything with hand-me-down home remedies. Maybe it was a grandmother, auntie, uncle or grandpa. Either way, you’ve probably figured out by now that some medical conditions are best treated by professionals. Such is the case with ingrown toenails. They more often than not require the services of a podiatrist well versed in ingrown toenail removal. Vernal Podiatrists often recommend ingrown toenail removal to ensure that any infection and pain associated from the condition do not spread. That’s because all licensed podiatrists know that if the infection does succeed in spreading to other areas of the body, it could prove to be life altering or life threatening for the patient. Therefore, as soon...

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Ingrown Toenail: Causes and Removal

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Ingrown Toenails | Comments Off on Ingrown Toenail: Causes and Removal

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of the nail become embedded in the surrounding soft tissue. As the nail grows, it grows adjacent to the skin, causing recurring pain. Ingrown toenails are a common condition, but it can sometimes lead to infection if not dealt with promptly. Usually the big toenail is most susceptible to becoming ingrown, but it can also happen with other toes. Most ingrown toenails can be treated at home with relative ease, but if the pain is chronic or if the problem persists, then it is advised that you visit your Vernal podiatrist to intervene. Individuals who suffer from diabetes also have a higher susceptibility to infections and other complications. What Causes Ingrown Toenails to Happen? Shoes can cause ingrown toenails. Footwear that has a particularly closed or pointed tip can cause crowding of...

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Ingrown Toenails Need Not Make You Groan

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Ingrown Toenails | Comments Off on Ingrown Toenails Need Not Make You Groan

Ingrown toenails curve and grow into the skin. This can create pain, redness and swelling in the toe. As long as no infection is apparent and you do not have a high risk medical condition (diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation) ingrown toenails can initially be treated at home. Home Treatment Soak toe in room temperature water and gently massage the nail fold to relieve inflammation Wear properly fitting footwear Avoid activities that involve repeated pressure on the toes such as kicking or running Do not attempt “bathroom surgery” by clipping, gouging or picking at the nail or skin If ingrown toenails fail to improve or become infected, it is time to seek treatment from a Vernal podiatrist. Podiatric Treatment Oral antibiotics may be prescribed to treat infection A minor surgical procedure can be performed in the office to...

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