Most people, at some point in their lives, will experience the discomfort of an ingrown toenail. This condition, which is also known as onychocryptosis or unguis incarnate, is one of the most common foot disorders treated by the foot doctors at Foot Health Podiatry in Manhattan, New York and Amsterdam, NY. Below, Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova explain what causes an ingrown toenail and what steps you can take to prevent them.
How do ingrown toenails happen?
An ingrown toenail, which most commonly affects the big toe, is the result of the nail wedging itself into the tissue of the nail bed at its corners. Most of the time, your Manhattan and Amsterdam foot doctor finds that trimming the nails incorrectly is the cause; other people develop them from tight-fitting or narrow shoes or after an injury to the toenail. Regardless of how it happens, the symptoms are the same: reddened, swollen skin around one or both edges of the toenail, sharp pain from even the slightest pressure, and bleeding or discharge of pus due to infection.
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Although ingrown toenails are very treatable, preventing them is fairly simple if you follow your Manhattan and Amsterdam foot doctor's recommendations. The most important step is to trim the toenails straight across; attempting to follow the toe's natural curved shape can cause the nail to bend and grow improperly. Taking care not to trim the nail too short can also help to prevent ingrowth. If you routinely wear narrow shoes that crowd your toes, you can also put yourself at risk for an ingrown nail. Talk to your podiatrist about the types and brands of shoes that provide plenty of room in the toe area.
Contact Foot Health Podiatry if you have further questions about ingrown toenails or need to make an appointment with one of our foot doctors in Manhattan, New York and Amsterdam, NY.
Suffering from diabetes comes with a variety of extra daily tasks such as checking your blood sugar or administering doses of insulin. However, one thing many people overlook is the care of their feet. Diabetic foot care is important for more reasons than one. How should you properly care for your feet if you suffer from diabetes? Find out more about caring for your feet with Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher, and Dr. Kamilla Danilova at Foot Health Podiatry with locations in New York and Amsterdam, NY.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Diabetes causes decreased blood flow to the extremities, such as your hands or feet, which, in turn, causes numbness. Due to their location, you may not notice injuries or sores on the feet. This means that a simple cut or scrape may be left untreated, become infected, and become a serious problem before the patient notices it is even there. Daily diabetic foot care is a crucial part of preventing this unfortunate situation from happening.
How should I care for my feet as a diabetic?
Diabetic foot care begins with a daily inspection of the feet. Look for any cuts, scrapes, bruising, irritation, or inflammation and remember to treat and check any issues regularly. Always cut your toenails straight across to prevent issues like ingrown toenails. Always shake out your shoes to rid them of any debris which could injure your foot. Regular examinations with your podiatrist give you the chance to catch and treat issues early before they become a serious problem.
Diabetic Foot Care and Regular Foot Examinations in New York and Amsterdam
At a regular foot examination, your doctor will visually examine your feet and between your toes and take note of any issues. They may want to treat mild problems or take precautions against problems. Your podiatrist will also go over any concerns you may have about your foot health. If necessary, imaging techniques like x-rays may help your doctor investigate a symptom or an abnormality they noticed during your physical examination.
For more information on diabetic foot care and regular foot examinations, please contact Dr. Jimenez, Dr. Fletcher, and Dr. Danilova at Foot Health Podiatry with locations in New York and Amsterdam, NY. Call (212) 845-9991 to schedule your appointment at either Foot Health Podiatry location today!
There are many sources of ankle pain due to the complex array of tendons, ligaments, tissues, and bones in the foot that are susceptible to painful and debilitating injury. The area of pain can radiate from the inside to the outside of the ankle, or along the Achilles tendon, where your lower leg and calf muscles connect to your heel bone.
Some of the most common ankle problems that cause pain include the following:
- Achilles tendonitis or rupture
- Broken ankle
- Peroneal tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sprained ankle
- Stress fractures
Even a seemingly minor ankle injury can bring on severe pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness.
Home remedies and treatment for ankle pain mainly consist of the RICE method:
- Rest—It is very important to take the weight off of the ankle.
- Ice—Apply an ice pack several times a day for 15-20 minutes.
- Compression—Wrap the ankle with a compression bandage to help reduce swelling.
- Elevation—Raising your foot above the level of your heart also reduces swelling.
Pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can reduce discomfort and inflammation. In cases of fractures or other major problems, surgery may be necessary.
If your pain and discomfort are not alleviated after a couple of weeks, or if the swelling remains severe after several days, it may be a sign of a more difficult problem requiring the expertise of a foot care specialist to determine the precise cause of the pain and to make the best recommendations for treatment. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.
You stand on your feet almost constantly throughout the day. When you were younger, your feet felt fine, but now those long hours on the job leave you with an aching, reddened right foot. You notice a bump forming at the base of your big toe. What's happening? Your Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry help hundreds of patients just like you have the best functioning and pain-free feet. In your case, Dr. Sorelis Jimenz, Dr. John Fletcher, or Dr. Kamilla Danilova may diagnose and treat a deformity called a bunion. Learn the details here.
The symptoms of bunions
A bunion forms on the inner aspect of the foot at the bottom of the big toe as the metatarsophalangeal joint begins to bulge outward. This happens in response to pressure from standing, running or walking for extended periods or from shoes that are too tight and too high. Heredity, injury and flat arches contribute to bunion formation, too.
Besides the obvious bump, bunions exhibit other symptoms, says the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Typically, bunions cause:
- Pain when standing or ambulating
- A burning or numb feeling
- Redness and swelling
Additionally, other complications arise when people ignore their bunions--common deformities such as hammertoes and hallux valgus, where the big toe turns inward toward, and even over, the second and third toes.
Who gets bunions?
Millions of Americans do, particularly in the over 50 age group. Also, the American Podiatric Medical Association says that many more women than men have this foot problem because women's connective tissue is weaker than in their male counterparts and because of poorly fitting shoes. Footwear that is too tight in the toe box or too high in the heel (greater than 2 inches) puts excessive pressure on all the toes, and especially on the big toe.
Your podiatrist in Amsterdam and Manhattan diagnoses bunions through review of symptoms, physical examination and X-ray imaging. As bunionectomy surgery is usually a last resort, the foot doctor likely will recommend an individualized care plan including these conservative measures:
- Custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Shoe padding
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Rest, ice and elevation of the foot
- Night time splinting to straighten the joint
- Cortisone injections
- Stretching exercises or other physical therapy
Have healthy feet
Contact the office team at Foot Health Podiatry for a consultation if you suspect you have a bunion. Don't wait. Call your Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrist
at (212) 864-2494.
More women are choosing to forego the wearing of high heeled shoes as sales of the constricting and uncomfortable footwear continue a fast decline in favor of flats and other comfort wear. The trend is being fueled by high profile celebrities like Oprah Winfrey who have decided they don’t want to sacrifice their health in pursuit of dubious high fashion. While some women continue to wear heels at work or for special occasions, the major shift in the workplace is to more comfortable shoes and clothing.
Forcing your feet into high heels on a regular basis exacerbates a long list of foot and ankle problems, including:
- Plantar fasciitis—An inflammation of the band of tissue that runs across the foot bottom
- Ankle injuries—Ankle pain and increased stiffness due to decreased mobility
- Foot deformities and skin conditions—Corns, calluses, bunions, and hammertoes are more likely to occur in frequent wearers of high heels.
- Neuromas—Morton’s neuroma is caused by the increased pressure on the ball of the foot
- Achilles tendon issues—Shortening and stiffening of the Achilles tendon, which often can cause difficulties when you try wearing flats again
High heels also have the effect of putting the knees in a permanently bent position, causing excess stress to the knee joints and interrupting the natural movement of the foot, which has a concomitant effect on walking mechanics. Additionally, the spine can become misaligned increasing the compression forces on vertebrae in the lower back. The resultant need to overuse the back muscles also adds to this layering of pain and discomfort. Medical professionals also believe that women who often wear high heels are more likely to develop osteoarthritis as they get older.
If you are experiencing foot problems caused by the wearing of high heels, your foot doctor can help. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.
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