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By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
July 20, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Podiatrist   Ingrown Toenail  
Ingrown NailWhile minor aches and pains in your feet probably won’t have you rushing to the podiatrist’s office for care, certain seemingly innocuous foot problems might require a professional’s touch. Take ingrown toenails, for example. While you may be able to soothe and ease the pain on your own, it’s also important to recognize when an ingrown toenail may require treatment from a podiatrist.

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin, causing redness, swelling, and pain. While this can happen to any toenail, it more commonly affects the big toe. While a minor ingrown toenail for an otherwise healthy individual may not be a cause for concern, some situations warrant turning to a podiatrist for care.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you notice any of these signs of an infected ingrown toenail it’s time to visit a foot doctor:
  • Increased pain, swelling, or redness
  • Skin that’s hard to the touch
  • Odor
  • Pus or drainage coming from the nail
If the ingrown toenail hasn’t gotten better in a couple of days this also warrants seeing a podiatrist. People with compromised immune systems, diabetes, or nerve damage in their feet should come in right away for care (and should not try to simply treat the problem themselves). Ignoring these issues when they occur could lead to more dangerous infections or complications.

Can you prevent ingrown toenails?

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Some of these steps include:
  • Not picking, pulling, or tearing your toenails (especially torn edges)
  • Making sure that you are trimming your nails straight across (never curved) and that you keep them level with the tips of your toes
  • Wearing shoes that have a large toe box and don’t bunch up your toes (shoes with a pointed toe will put too much pressure on the toenails)
  • Wearing the appropriate footwear for certain activities, such as construction work or sports, to prevent injuries
If you are experiencing symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail, or if you have never dealt with an ingrown toenail before, turn to your podiatrist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. No problem is too small for a foot and ankle specialist to tackle.
By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
March 31, 2021
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

Do you know when it's a good idea to call your Springfield, and Bellefontaine, OH, podiatrists at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists? Getting in touch with your foot doctors may be a good idea if you experience any of these foot or ankle issues.

Ingrown toenail

It doesn't take long for a tiny edge of your toenail to become embedded in the skin surrounding your nail. If you can't gently free the nail, or you notice signs of infection, like red streaks or pus, make an appointment with your podiatrist. He or she can perform a minor procedure to remove the trapped part of the nail.

Toenail fungus

Over-the-counter antifungal products don't always work because they can't reach the deeper layers of your toenail and the nail bed. Your podiatrist offers stronger prescription topical products that kill toenail fungus. Oral anti-fungal medication can be helpful if topical products aren't effective.

Diabetic foot issues

Diabetes slows healing, making it more likely that a small cut or a burst blister will become infected. Call your Springfield, and Bellefontaine, OH, foot doctors as soon as you notice an open sore or wound. Prompt treatment can help prevent the infection from spreading to your leg.

Pain in your foot or ankle

Nearly everyone experiences foot or ankle pain occasionally. With a little rest, most aches and pains soon subside. If your pain is severe, doesn't go away in a week or two, or you have trouble walking or standing, give your podiatrists a call. Foot or ankle pain can be caused by:

  • Falls and injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stone bruises
  • Corns and calluses
  • Flat feet
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Plantar warts
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis

Leg or back pain

Pain in your back or leg may actually be caused by an issue with your foot. If you have flat feet, a foot imbalance, or turn your feet too far inward when you walk, your feet may not be able to keep your body properly aligned. As a result, you may experience pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips, or back. Fortunately, it's easy to correct the problem by adding orthotics to your shoes. These prescription shoe inserts support, align and cushion your foot, easing your pain.

Do you have a problem with your feet or ankles? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists in Springfield, and Bellefontaine, OH. Call the experts at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists by dialing (937) 599-3668 for the Bellefontaine office, or (937) 322-3346 for the Springfield office.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
June 26, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  
PodiatristAre you wondering whether you should be turning to a podiatrist for care?
 
We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a podiatrist if you are dealing with:
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Chronic heel pain
  • A broken foot or ankle
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
  • A visible foot deformity
  • Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
  • An ulcer or open wound
Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our podiatrist’s office for care,
 
We’ll go through your medical history
 
It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.
 
We will examine your foot
 
Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the color of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.
 
We will determine if imaging tests are needing
 
Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.
 
We will map out a treatment plan
 
Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.
 
If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a podiatrist is the right doctor for you.