Are you susceptible to ingrown toenails? Find out what you can do about it.
Ingrown toenails: they are painful and unpleasant when they happen. Even though they may not seem like a big deal there are some instances in which an ingrown toenail may require professional care or treatment in order to properly heal. From the office of our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, learn more about how to prevent an ingrown toenail and what symptoms might mean that you are dealing with a more serious issue.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is when the corner or edge of a toenail grows into the skin. Those with an ingrown toenail will often experience pain, swelling and redness right where the nail digs into the skin.
How can you prevent an ingrown toenail?
One of the best ways to prevent ingrown toenails is to know how to properly trim your toenail. The main rules are to not trim your toenails too short and not to cut the edge of your toenails shorter than the rest of your nail. Trim them straight across rather than trimming them at an angle and keep the nails level with the tips of your toes.
It’s also important that you are wearing the proper footwear. If you are wearing socks and shoes you can test this right now. Try to wiggle your toes around inside your shoes. Can you? If you can’t, or if your toes are bunched up, then your shoes are far too tight. This can put added pressure on the nails and lead to ingrown toenails.
If you are an athlete you are also at risk for developing ingrown toenails. Protect your feet from injury by making sure you are wearing the proper footwear for your chosen sport.
When should I seek medical attention for an ingrown toenail?
The issue with an ingrown toenail is that it can often cause the skin to crack or break, which allows bacteria to get under the skin and cause an infection. Those with an infection will often notice that the skin is red, extremely painful and warm to the touch. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important that you contact your foot doctor to find out whether you need to come in for an evaluation.
Those patients who have nerve damage in their feet or diabetes who are also experiencing an ingrown toenail should come in as soon as possible for treatment even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms of an infection.
Are you living in Silver Spring, Kensington, Olney or Clinton, MD, and looking for a podiatrist that can help you with your current foot and ankle issues? If so, call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today and let’s talk about the ways in which we can help you.
Dealing with a yellowing toenail fungal infection? We can help!
It’s summertime and living might not be as easy if you have a toenail fungus. Sometimes people don’t always realize they have a toenail fungus until it’s too late and they are dealing with a thick, yellow, brittle toenail that hurts when wearing shoes. If this sounds like you then you may want to turn to our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists for care.
Of course, if you are a healthy individual you may choose to deal with the problem by yourself first. There is nothing wrong with this; in fact, many people choose to tackle toenail fungus at home. After all, there are a variety of over-the-counter products from which to choose, and a pharmacist can answer any questions you might have about the different products. Antifungal medications often come in the form of creams, nail polishes, and sprays.
Just remember that toenail fungal treatments take time and won’t work overnight. In fact, it can take anywhere from six to 12 weeks to cure the infection with at-home care and even then you won’t know whether or not the fungus is gone until the nail grows back clear.
When should I see a doctor?
If you having been tackling your toenail fungus for months and aren’t seeing results, or if the problem is getting worse then it’s time to see your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD foot doctor for more aggressive treatment. If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system it is particularly important that you seek medical care if you experience any foot problems, as untreated issues could lead to serious complications.
What can a podiatrist do to treat my toenail fungus?
There are a couple of options. Since sprays and creams can’t always fully get behind the nail to get rid of the entire fungal infection sometimes the best approach is to prescribe an oral antifungal medication, which will work systemically to kill the infection. Again, you will only notice results once the nail grows out in about 3-4 months.
Those with severe or persistent fungal infections may benefit from laser fungal treatment, in which a laser is directed over the affected nail to heat up and destroy the fungus. Usually, the infection can be treated in just one session and you’ll notice your nail growing out clear in a few months.
Living in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, and dealing with a toenail fungal infection? If you’ve been fighting this infection with no success than it’s time to turn to the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. Call our office.
Don’t let plantar fasciitis have the final say when it comes to your foot health.
Are you a runner who is currently dealing with heel pain? Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner, you may still experience heel pain at some point during your lifetime. After all, there are many risk factors and situations that can occur that can lead to inflammation and swelling of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet. If you are dealing with heel pain, our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to tell you what might be going on and what your treatment options are.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This foot condition is one of the most common causes of heel pain; fortunately, in some cases, it can be managed with simple at-home care prescribed by our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, foot doctor. This problem leads to microtears and inflammation within the plantar fascia, resulting in heel and even arch pain.
If you have plantar fasciitis you may notice that your heel pain is at its worst when you first wake up in the morning but may subside throughout the day as you continue to move around. You may be tempted to get your jog or run in, particularly if symptoms let up, but you may find that intense pain comes back immediately after working out. This is another warning sign that you might have plantar fasciitis.
How do you treat plantar fasciitis?
The best thing you can do is to provide your foot with the care and rest it needs to heal quickly. Of course, the goal of at-home care is to reduce your symptoms, which can be done by:
- Avoiding exercise or high-impact activities
- Wearing supportive shoes
- Resting the foot as much as possible
- Splinting or bracing the foot, particularly while you sleep
- Using shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide additional support when walking
- Stretching the foot and performing therapeutic foot exercises
Sometimes plantar fasciitis can become rather persistent or severe and at-home care just isn’t enough. When this happens you can turn to our foot and ankle specialists for more advanced treatment options such as corticosteroid injections, non-invasive Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy or surgery (in rare cases).
Don’t let heel pain bench you. Get back in the game when you turn to our foot and ankle specialists. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has been providing quality foot care to the Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas for over 40 years. Call us today to find out how we can help you.
Orthotics may offer a simple solution if you suffer from foot and ankle pain. Podiatrists Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank and Adam Lowy prescribe the custom-designed shoe inserts for patients who visit their Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Kensington, MD, offices.
What are orthotics?
Unlike over-the-counter shoe inserts, orthotics are specially designed to address your particular foot issue. The inserts support and balance your feet while you wear shoes, eliminating pain caused by arch, heel and other foot problems. Depending on your foot condition, your Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Kensington foot doctor may recommend soft, semi-rigid or rigid orthotics.
How can orthotics help you?
Orthotics offer many important benefits, including:
- Less Back, Ankle, Knee and Hip Pain: The alignment of your entire body can be disrupted if your feet aren't properly aligned. When poor alignment is the cause of pain in your knees, hips or back, orthotics can be very helpful.
- Improvement of Flatfoot Symptoms: Flatfoot not only causes pain but might also affect your balance and gait. Adding orthotics to your shoes counteracts the effects of the condition.
- Reduction of Heel Pain: Heel cups, special orthotics that fit in the heel section of your shoe, can help reduce pain caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis and other conditions that affect the heel.
- Fewer Diabetic Complications: Diabetic ulcers may be more likely to occur due the effects of pressure on your feet. Wearing orthotics reduces pressure, decreasing the risk that you'll develop blisters, sores or ulcers.
- Advantages for Runners and Walkers: Gait problems or biomechanical foot issues can strain your muscles and tendons, resulting in foot, ankle and leg conditions that may sideline you for weeks. Orthotics keep your feet properly positioned and decrease movement, reducing your risk of several conditions, such as tendinitis, bursitis, shin splints and runner's knee.
- Less Fatigue at the End of the Day: Do you spend long hours on your feet every day? Adding custom orthotics to your shoes cushions and supports your feet, decreasing pain and fatigue.
Could you benefit from orthotics? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Marc Goldberg, Michael Frank and Adam Lowy by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney, MD, office, (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring, MD, office, (301) 868-7670 for the Clinton office or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington, MD, office.
What your podiatrists in Silver Spring, Maryland want you to know
Do you love going barefoot and exposing your toes to the sunshine? Most people do, unless you’re suffering from toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can make your toenails cloudy and your feet unsightly. Fortunately, there are effective ways to get rid of toenail fungus.
Your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland want to share the facts about toenail fungus. They have several convenient office locations in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, and Kensington, Maryland to help you and your feet.
You are at greater risk of developing toenail fungus if you have medical issues like diabetes, circulatory or immune system problems. You are also more prone to toenail fungus if you are older, have a history of athlete’s foot or psoriasis.
The fungus that can infect your toenails thrives in warm, moist environments like public showers, locker rooms and pools. If you wear socks that are damp or sweaty, chances are good you might develop toenail fungus.
In the beginning, you may notice a small white or yellow spot underneath your toenail. The spot gets larger as the fungus burrows further down underneath your toenail. Eventually, you may notice more signs and symptoms of toenail fungus including:
- Darker, thicker toenails
- Brittle, crumbling toenails
- Oddly shaped, distorted toenails
- Toenails that are separating from their nail beds
- Your toes hurt or have a foul odor
You can get some relief from toenail fungus by trying some at-home treatments like these:
- Applying over-the-counter anti-fungal creams around and under your toenails
- Trimming and thinning your toenails to reduce pressure and pain
For stubborn, painful toenail fungus, it’s best to visit the professionals, your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. They have several effective treatments for toenail fungus including prescription-strength antifungal and anti-inflammatory medications.
For more detailed information about toenail fungus, please visit the Fungal Nails section on the website at https://www.marylandfeet.com/library/3769/FungalNails.html
Don’t wait for your toenail fungus to get worse. Call the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, with offices in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton, and Kensington, Maryland. Get some help for your feet by calling today!
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