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Items filtered by date: April 2023

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

How Did I Develop an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails are a common foot condition. They can be very painful, and treatment is often promptly sought for relief. It is defined as the nail on the big toe that grows into the skin instead of over it, and it may become infected. This can cause bleeding, and pus may drain from it. An ingrown toenail can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or from improperly trimming the toenails. This ailment may be common among athletes who can have feet that frequently sweat, and the nail may easily puncture the skin. The symptoms that many people experience with an ingrown toenail include swelling surrounding the affected toe, redness, and pain. Mild relief may be found when the foot is soaked in warm water. This also may make it easier to gently pull the skin away from the nail. If you have developed this foot condition, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer you permanent relief options.

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 Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. 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 our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Contagious Athlete’s Foot

Atheltes’ foot is a common foot condition that may recur if prompt treatment is not received. It is considered to be a fungal infection, and is contagious. The fungus that causes this uncomfortable ailment lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, such as public swimming pools, shower room floors, and similar areas. Common symptoms of athlete’s foot can include itchiness between the toes, flaky skin, and small blisters may develop in severe cases. Temporary relief may be found when the feet are washed and dried, followed by applying an appropriate cream or powder. This will unlikely bring lasting results, and permanent relief can be obtained from a podiatrist who can prescribe correct medication. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult with this type of doctor who can offer you the treatment that is needed.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Various Shoes for Specific Occupations

Many jobs require employees to have adequate foot protection. Accidents may easily happen in the working environment, such as slipping on wet surfaces, being exposed to electrical hazards, or operating jack hammers. It is beneficial to choose shoes or boots that are slip resistant, and having a steel toe may be necessary for specific occupations. When purchasing shoes, it is helpful to try them on at the end of the day when the feet are at their largest. It is important that the feet are properly measured and shoes are tried on before completing the purchase. It is beneficial to replace existing shoes if they become cracked, damaged, or if water has seeped into the shoes. If you would like additional information about what type of shoes to buy for your workday, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with correct knowledge.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 06 April 2023 20:00

5 Ways to Ease Your Bunion Pain

bunionsIf you live with a bunion, then you know how uncomfortable having a protruding bump on your big toe joint can be. Over time as the bunion worsens, they can cause pain and discomfort that can get in the way of your everyday activities. Unfortunately, they are often seen as such a common foot condition that many don’t come in to see our podiatrists until the condition and pain is severe. At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohioour podiatrists offer a range of treatments and solutions to address your bunion pain.

 

What causes bunions?

Bunions develop as a result of a combination of genetics, shoes that are too tight or don’t fit properly, poor foot mechanics, and other conditions like arthritis. As you get older, you also become more susceptible to bunions.

Consider these podiatrist-recommended ways to relieve your bunion pain:

  1. Change your footwear. Opt for shoes with wide toe boxes that allow plenty of room for the toes, and limit use of high heels and other tightly-fitted shoes that squeeze the toe. 
  2. Use protective padding, taping, and specialized braces to protect and reposition the big toe joint. Having an extra layer can help ease pain and reduce inflammation.
  3. Get custom orthotics created for your shoes. Unlike generic ones, custom orthotics address the specific problems that plague your feet, like flat feet and overpronation. Inserting orthotics into your shoes can not only provide better support for your feet, but they can also help relieve stress on the big toe area. 
  4. Get physical therapy to increase flexibility and strength, and alleviate pain. Physical therapy can also greatly improve your recovery after surgery. 
  5. Get Lapiplasty, an innovative bunion surgery that 3-D corrects the unstable joint that causes bunions. Unlike traditional bunion surgeries, Lapiplasty allows patients to walk within a few days after surgery and has a very low recurrence rate. 

See our podiatrists

Regardless of how your bunion looks, if it is causing you pain or discomfort, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. Our team of podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio are dedicated to providing premier foot and ankle care to help ease your pain and enhance your foot health. Don’t wait to get treatments for any foot or ankle problems you have. Schedule an appointment by contacting any of our locations in Columbus and the surrounding Central Ohio area. 

Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:00

How Is a Broken Toe Diagnosed?

The pain that accompanies a broken toe can be severe. Additional symptoms can include immediate swelling and bruising, and it can be difficult to walk. A toe can break if a heavy object falls on it, or if it is stubbed into a piece of furniture. If the toe is severely broken, the bone can protrude, and prompt medical attention is often sought. Some patients realize their toe is broken as a result of continual throbbing. A proper diagnosis is generally taken that can confirm the fractured toe, which consists of having an X-ray done. A mildly broken toe can be treated by using the buddy taping method. This is accomplished by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, which can provide the stability that is needed as the healing process occurs. Severely broken toes may require surgery that can provide complete healing. If you believe you have incurred this type of injury, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment that is correct for you.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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