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foot care6Ingrown toenails can become a nuisance when they start causing pain. If not treated, ingrown toenails can also lead to infection. There are many ways to prevent ingrown toenails, and those include maintaining your feet often. When cutting your toenails, make sure to cut straight across and refrain from cutting them in a round shape. Avoid wearing footwear that is tightly-fitting and uncomfortable as well as socks that can push your nails. Being mindful of the comfort of your feet is important for maintaining your overall health.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

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 offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Arthritis5Janet Funk, an associate professor of medicine at University of Arizona, and her research team have studied the South Asian spice turmeric to determine its usefulness in treating rheumatoid arthritis. For centuries, the spice has been used to treat many ailments. Traditionally, tumeric has been traditionally known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Rheumatoid arthritis flare ups typically causes the joints to become inflamed. The clinical trial will involve 45 people who will take dietary supplements for a month to determine the safety of the remedy.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feet
- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 08 February 2016 17:18

Treating Your Blisters

blister6Although blisters can be annoying, especially on the feet, there are many different options to help treat them. Let your blisters get some air and refrain from popping the outer layer of skin. Use antibacterial cream, especially if you plan on draining your blister. Clean thoroughly to prevent infection. Use bandages as needed to protect your blister and let the skin heal. Keeping your feet elevated helps relieve inflammation on your blister, and also keep your blister clean. Blisters can also be treated with a saline solution or moisturizer to help reduce inflammation.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 01 February 2016 17:30

Facts About Bunions

bunions7There are many reasons as to why bunions may develop. Bunions are not only a hereditary problem, but can also be caused by an imbalance of muscles in the foot or improper foot support. The bony protuberance on your foot can result from an uneven pronation, the outward rolling of your foot, or uneven supination, the inward rolling of the foot.  While there is no cure for bunions other than surgery, there are many different ways for you to prevent your bunions from growing. Mensjournal.com offers guides for different stretches and exercises that strengthen your muscles and improve your balance.

Bunion surgery usually occurs after non-surgical methods have proved to be ineffective. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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