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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

Three reasons why ingrown toenails may develop consist of toenail injuries, wearing shoes that do not fit properly, and trimming the toenails incorrectly. They occur when the outer edge of the nail grows into the skin. This is generally a painful condition, and mild relief may be found when the affected foot is soaked in warm water. In severe cases, an infected nail may be partially or completely removed, and this can be successful in eliminating an infection. Common symptoms can include redness, swelling, and pain while wearing shoes. If you feel you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can treat this condition, and offer prevention techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Lyle D. Haskell of North Texas Foot Group. 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 Allen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Children and young teenagers may be affected by a condition that is referred to as Sever’s disease. This may occur when they frequently participate in certain sporting activities. It is known as a condition that impacts the growth plate in the heel, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Heel pain is a common symptom, and many children begin to limp to diminish the weight on the foot. Moderate relief may be found when the foot is elevated, and when specific foot stretches are performed. This may help a tight Achilles tendon to loosen, which may aid in decreasing tension on the tendons that are connected to the heel. Additionally, it is important to wear shoes that fit correctly, which generally consists of ensuring there is adequate support and cushioning. If you notice your child is limping, or complaining of heel pain, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Lyle D. Haskell from North Texas Foot Group. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Allen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Falling can easily affect the feet, and many elderly people who fall may become wary of completing daily activities. This can evoke fear which may possibly lead to depression, which can often make it difficult to stay active. There are effective methods that can be implemented which may help to prevent falling, These can include scheduling regular physical examinations, in addition to having your vision checked. It may also be helpful to have current prescriptions, as this may aid in noticing tripping hazards in the living area. Additionally, it is beneficial to frequently perform a gentle stretching and exercise routine. This activity helps to maintain body strength, and it may make it easier to avoid falling. Many elderly people have installed grab bars in their shower and toilet area, in addition to replacing worn carpeting as well. If you would like more information about how to prevent falling, please consult with a podiatrist who can recommend useful prevention techniques.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Lyle D. Haskell from North Texas Foot Group. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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