We believe in helping our patients be proactive in the care of their feet. Below are some do’s and don’ts for keeping your feet healthy.
We want to offer some suggestions for showing these amazing parts of your body how much you value all they do for you. Below are 5 suggestions for improving your foot health and well-being.
June is Older Americans Month and we’d like to honor this portion of our patient population with some tips specifically geared toward the care of senior feet.
April is Foot Health Awareness Month and at Long Island Foot & Ankle Group, PC, we would like to encourage patients to get more actively involved in the health and care of their feet by doing regular self-exams.
Ingrown nails can be quite painful. You will most likely see that the area around your nail is red and swollen and may appear hot and very tender to the touch. If the nail has actually punctured the skin, an infection can develop causing pus or other drainage around the infected toenail that may have a foul odor.
You may think of going barefoot in the summer as the ideal scenario for catching these fungal conditions, but we see a fair number of cases of these conditions during the winter months as well.
One of the best ways for diabetic patients to protect their feet is by choosing appropriate shoes that are properly fitted.
These amazing parts of your body do so much and yet, are often just taken for granted until there’s a problem that limits the ability to live a normally active life.
As the last days of summer fade away and cooler autumn temperatures come our way, we at Long Island Foot & Ankle Group, PC see a change in the foot complaints that patients bring to us.
If you’re lucky enough to have one more chance to squeeze in a vacation this summer we at Long Island Foot & Ankle Group, PC want to suggest that you remember to pack a bag for your feet.
Patients with diabetes face special concerns when it comes to foot care and health.
Trimming or cutting an ingrown toenail should be done by a podiatrist. An ingrown toenail can be very painful and even the slightest touch could trigger pain. Which makes cutting an ingrown toenail laborious and a very painful experience. This is especially true for ingrown toenail that has developed an infection. It could only worsen the medical condition hence, the need for a podiatrist. The doctors at Long Island Foot and Ankle Group are podiatrists who specialize in treating people with infected ingrown toenails.
Ingrown toenails are barely noticeable unless the condition has become full blown and pain has become untenable. Before your condition worsens it is important to identify the early symptoms of an ingrown toe nail to cut it in the bud.
- Pain around the toenails
- Redness and tenderness in the toenail
- Discharges from the toenails (infection)
- Pain when wearing shoes
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails can be caused by several factors.
- Toe injuries
- Tight-fitting shoes
- Excessive nail trimming
- Toe infections
- Vascular disease
- Nail deformity caused by another disease
Cutting an ingrown toenail by yourself is highly discouraged and should be avoided. But if this is something you would like to do on your own, below are a few simple steps on how to cut your ingrown toenail:
The first step involves soaking your affected foot in warm water mixed with antibacterial soap. The water softens the nail and reduce swelling. Soak for around 15 minutes.
Using your fingers, push the skin around the ingrown toenail. This can be painful. Push the skin until pain is no longer tolerable.
Cut the ingrown toenail straight across. Be careful not to cut into any of the swollen skin areas around the ingrown toenail. Start cutting from the sides and not from the middle to reduce stress and minimize pain.
Place a small piece of cotton between the skin and exposed area of the nail where the ingrown was originally located. This is to avoid the ingrown from coming back.
Apply an antiseptic ointment to prevent infection over the exposed skin. Cutting the nail could expose sensitive skin or even create cuts or wounds.
Keep your toes dry and wear slippers when possible to let your toe breathe. This prevents infection and lets the toe heal more easily.
At Long Island Foot and Ankle Group with offices located in located in Valley Stream and Lake Success, we specialize in helping people with ingrown toenails. To schedule an appointment call Valley Stream (516) 825-4070 or Lake Success (516) 327-0074.