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July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

Why Do Ingrown Toenails Develop?

When a toenail grows into the skin surrounding it, an ingrown toenail forms. Ingrown toenails affect people of all ages. They can be painful and cause swelling and redness in the skin around the nail. Ingrown toenails may be caused by nails that are trimmed too short, wearing shoes that are too tight, or being born with an inherited curve to your nail. Symptoms typically progress from discomfort at the end or sides of the nail, to irritation of the surrounding skin, to steady or worsening pain, to possibly a callus developing, and— if the ingrown toenail is not treated properly—an infection. If you, your child, or your elderly loved one develop an ingrown toenail, it is suggested to seek treatment from a podiatrist to reduce the risk of an infection and to help the toenail grow normally again.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Orchard Park, and Irving, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

Flip-Flops and Wet Feet

Flip-flops are common beach and pool footwear, and if you’ve ever worn flip-flops to these places, you’ve likely worn them while your feet are wet. Although flip-flops leave most of your foot exposed, allowing it to air dry, walking around with wet feet in wet flip-flops can be quite dangerous. Wet flip-flops are more likely to slip off your foot, often coming off entirely while you walk. This can lead to a whole host of injuries, from getting a splinter in your foot from the boardwalk to twisting and spraining your ankle. Keeping the flip-flops on the feet while walking is difficult even under dry conditions, but when the shoes or feet are wet, it becomes a Herculean task. To keep flip-flops on the foot, you must scrunch up your toes in an awkward position. Over time, this can cause joint stiffness and hammertoes to develop. If you intend to wear flip-flops to the beach or pool, be sure to thoroughly dry your feet and the shoes prior to slipping them on. For more information about the relationship between footwear and the health of your feet, consult with a podiatrist. 

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Orchard Park, and Irving, NY .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:00

Heel Pain Can Indicate Fat Pad Contusion

Heel pain can be a result of a medical condition that is known as fat pad contusion, or Policeman's Heel. Simply put, it is a bruised heel, and it can cause pain and discomfort. This ailment can gradually develop, and affects the fatty tissues that are located under the heel. These types of tissues protect the heel bone, and are likened to a shock absorber. Fat pad contusion can develop from frequently participating in repetitive activities such as running, jumping, and walking. Additionally, it can be caused by wearing shoes that have inadequate cushioning, or from increasing running mileage too soon. Mild relief can be felt when the affected foot is rested until the pain diminishes. Athletes may find it beneficial to pursue non-weight bearing activities, like cycling or swimming, until the healing process is complete. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with proper treatment.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Orchard Park, and Irving, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Research has indicated that approximately one quarter of Americans spend the majority of their workday sitting down. The rest of the working population can spend their day working on their feet, and it can be challenging for the body and mind. It is important to stretch the feet as often as possible, and this can be done by pointing and flexing the feet. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly, ensuring the toes have adequate room to move freely in. Some patients find it helpful to wear compression stockings in order to reduce inciting swelling and soreness. Having regular foot massages will not only feel good, but can aid in maintaining proper circulation. If you would like more information about how to take care of and pamper your feet while working, please consult with a podiatrist, who can offer you simple methods to accomplish this.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Orchard Park, and Irving, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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