Posts for: February, 2020
There are few things in this world more infuriating than an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails typically develop when your toenail’s corners or edges grow right into the skin beside the toenail. In most cases, it’s the big toe that usually develops an ingrown nail. If you’re tired of having to deal with recurring ingrown toenails, the Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ, can help. Our podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Belancio can examine your ingrown toenails and recommend the best treatment option for your specific case. In general, however, you can use home remedies and/or surgical treatment for treating ingrown toenails.
Home Remedies for Ingrown Toenails
For mild cases of ingrown toenails, you can try the following home treatments:
- Push the skin away from the toenail using a cotton ball soaked in oil.
- Soak your feet in lukewarm or warm water at least three times daily for approximately 20 minutes.
- Take an OTC pain medication to ease your pain.
- Apply a topical antibiotic to prevent infection.
You can try these home remedies for several days to two weeks. If your pain persists and/or find that your daily activities are being affected because of your ingrown toenail, see a podiatrist right away.
Treatment for Ingrown Toenails
If home treatments fail to get rid of your ingrown toenails, Dr. Jeffrey Belancio, your podiatrist in Vineland, NJ, might recommend surgery. Depending on the severity of your ingrown toenails, you may need to undergo a partial nail removal or total nail removal surgery.
With partial nail removal, your podiatrist will only remove the piece of toenail that’s encroaching on your skin. Your toe will be numbed down by anesthesia and the sides of your toenail will be cut away to make the corners completely straight.
A Crucial Warning
While you can try treating your ingrown toenail at home, it’s also vital to note that you have a higher risk of developing a complication if you are a diabetic or have an underlying health condition that causes improper or poor circulation. When in doubt, seek professional help.
Get in touch with us at here South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ. Dial (856) 839-0579 to schedule a consultation with our podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Belancio so that you can do something about your ingrown toenail once and for all.
Heel pain is a common foot problem that podiatrists often treat. Knowing the cause of your pain is important in determining the most effective treatment method. Even if the pain seems minor, it’s amazing how much it can affect your whole body, making it difficult to get out of bed let alone go on your regular run. If you are struggling with heel pain you might be dealing with a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The source of your pain may originate in the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your feet. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you may feel pain in your heel. Of course, everything from wearing high heels to long runs can actually irritate and cause inflammation within the plantar fascia. When this happens this is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition is usually the result of overuse and repeated stress rather than an injury.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain that originates at the bottom of the heel below the heel bone. The pain may spread to the arches of the feet and may also be accompanied by stiffness. These symptoms are often exacerbated first thing in the morning or after long bouts of sitting or standing. Sometimes, light activity and exercise can momentarily lessen the pain.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
If you know that you have plantar fasciitis (perhaps you’ve had it before) then you know it’s important to rest, avoid physical activity, and take over-the-counter pain relievers. Of course, if you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s important to see a podiatrist to find out whether it’s plantar fasciitis or another condition such as heel spurs or Achilles tendonitis. A thorough evaluation from a medical professional is often necessary, especially if this is the first time dealing with heel pain.
Your podiatrist can also show you stretching and strengthening exercises that you can perform to help stretch the plantar fascia to reduce pain and discomfort. Some patients also choose to wear a night splint to reduce morning stiffness and arch pain.
If your symptoms aren’t being alleviated through conservative treatment methods or if you are experiencing chronic heel pain your podiatrist may recommend surgery.
If you are dealing with stubborn and painful heels turn to a podiatrist for a consultation.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that often affects blood flow to the legs due to narrowing of the arteries. PAD is caused by atherosclerosis, a serious condition in which fat deposits known as plaques build up in the arteries and eventually restrict or block blood flow.
If you have PAD you will most likely experience painful cramping, weakness or numbness in the legs, particularly during movement. You may also notice that the leg or foot is colder than the rest of your body. Sometimes persistent sores can develop that won’t heal. Your legs may also change color or the skin may appear shiny. While the pain will often go away at rest, if PAD is left untreated you may notice these symptoms even at rest. Sometimes symptoms can even be bad enough to affect your sleep.
While these symptoms can also be indicative of other conditions you should not ignore your symptoms, as undiagnosed PAD can lead to heart attack or stroke. This is why it’s important to see your podiatrist if you notice leg or foot numbness, weakness, tingling or pain.
You may be at an increased risk for peripheral artery disease if you:
- Are obese
- Have high cholesterol
- Have high blood pressure
- Have diabetes
- Are over age 65
- Have a family history of peripheral artery disease or stroke
Preventing Peripheral Artery Disease
Your podiatrist’s goal is to reduce your risk for peripheral artery disease, especially if you are at an increased risk. This involves implementing a variety of lifestyle changes. Some ways to prevent PAD include:
- Getting your diabetes under control
- Lowering your cholesterol
- Exercising regularly several times a week
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a healthy balanced diet and avoiding junk foods
- Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight
Treating Peripheral Artery Disease
If you do end up developing PAD a podiatrist can be an instrumental part of your medical team to help you manage your symptoms and prevent complications. PAD treatments are designed to reduce symptoms such as leg pain while also stopping the buildup of fat deposits within the arteries.
Again, modifying your lifestyle can greatly improve your condition. The same lifestyle changes that prevent PAD can also treat PAD. Of course, lifestyle modifications alone won’t be enough to prevent atherosclerosis from progressing. Therefore, your podiatrist may also prescribe certain medications including cholesterol and blood pressure medications, diabetes medication, and medication that prevents blood clots. Sometimes surgery or angioplasty is recommended if there is a blockage within the arteries.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of PAD it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist right away for an evaluation.