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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Ingrown Toenails and Why They Occur

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, swelling, and redness. This condition typically affects the big toe and can result from various factors, such as improper trimming, wearing tight-fitting shoes, injury, or genetic predisposition. Symptoms include tenderness along the nail border, inflammation, and sometimes infection, which may result in pus or drainage. People with curved or thickened nails, athletes, individuals with poor foot hygiene, or those with certain medical conditions like diabetes are more susceptible to ingrown toenails. Treatment from a podiatrist often involves gently lifting the ingrown edge, trimming the nail properly, and providing guidance on proper nail care techniques. In some cases, a portion of the nail may need to be removed to prevent recurrence. For severe or recurrent ingrown toenails, surgical procedures like partial nail avulsion may be recommended by a podiatrist to alleviate pain and prevent complications. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment that is best for your condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 15 April 2024 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Kohler's disease, a rare foot condition primarily affecting children, involves the temporary interruption of blood supply to the navicular bone in the foot, leading to bone damage and subsequent pain. Typically occurring between the ages of 4 and 7, Kohler's disease manifests gradually, with such symptoms as localized swelling, tenderness, and difficulty in bearing weight on the affected foot. Children may also start limping or change their gait pattern as they try to alleviate discomfort. While the exact cause remains unclear, theories suggest factors such as vascular insufficiency or mechanical stress on the bone. Diagnosis often involves physical examination, imaging studies like X-rays, and ruling out other potential conditions. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and promoting healing, typically through rest, orthotic devices, and pain management strategies. Fortunately, most children recover fully without long-term complications, but early detection and intervention remain essential for optimal outcomes. If your child has symptoms of Kohler’s disease, it is strongly suggested that you make regular appointments with a podiatrist who can offer treatment and management techniques.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Definition and Risk Factors of Gout

Gout, a form of arthritis, causes sudden bouts of intense pain, swelling, and redness, primarily in joints like the big toe. It occurs due to the accumulation of urate crystals in the joints, resulting from high levels of uric acid in the blood. Understanding the risk factors of gout unveils various elements that contribute to its onset. Lifestyle choices, such as a diet rich in purines found in red meat and certain seafood, significantly elevate the risk. Additionally, obesity and excessive alcohol consumption increase the likelihood of developing gout. Genetic predispositions also play a pivotal role, as individuals with a family history of gout are more susceptible. By addressing modifiable factors like diet and lifestyle, individuals can lower the risk of gout and its debilitating consequences. Early detection and treatment are critical in alleviating symptoms and enhancing quality of life for those affected by this painful condition. If you have gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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