Posts for category: Toe conditions
It’s amazing how the tiny edge of a nail can cause such extreme pain as in the case of an ingrown toenail. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that patients are often reluctant to come one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices to get relief from an ingrown nail because they are afraid of how much it will hurt. In nearly every instance, patients in far less pain than when they arrived after one of our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. the nail.
Below are some tips to help prevent and relieve ingrown toenails.
Do: trim nails properly. This is the number one cause of ingrown toenails. Cut the nails short but not so short that the skin can overlap the nail, encouraging an ingrown nail to form.
Don’t: file toenails with rounded edges. Always file straight across.
Don’t: wear shoes and socks that too tight. When toes are pressed up against each other for long periods of time, ingrown nails are more likely to develop. High heels that force the foot forward also cramp toes together and can increase the risk for this condition.
the affected toe in warm water several times a day and try to gently massage the nail out of the skin.
Don’t: attempt “bathroom surgery” and try to dig the nail out with a sharp instrument. This most often leads to injury and infection. “Folk remedies” such as sticking a piece of cotton under the nail or cutting a notch out of the side of the nail are also bad ideas.
treatment promptly if soaking does not remove the ingrown nail. Delaying in going to the podiatrist will allow the nail to actually puncture the skin and possibly cause an infection.
Do: contact us if the nail is red, warm to the touch, oozing pus and/or if you have a fever, as these are signs that an infection is present and medical attention is needed immediately.
Hammertoes are not pleasant to look at, let alone having to deal with the pain. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help provide you with quality treatment for this condition. Consider giving us a call to learn more or visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Hammertoes are a bend in the middle joint of the toe and go from flexible to stiff during the course of its occurrence. As with many other foot conditions, the deformity in toes resulting from this condition is usually caused by poorly fitting shoes that are tight in the toe box or that have high heels. There are instances of this condition being caused by hereditary issues as well. Moreover, comfortable shoes are the key to avoiding this condition and since feet size can change with age, it is very important to have them measured from time to time to have the best fitting shoes. A half inch of space between the tip of your shoe and the largest toe is essential to providing your feet with a comfortable fit. Sandals and other shoes that don’t cover the toes are also a great option because they provide an open space and prevent unnecessary friction on the toes. Don’t hesitate to visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn more about how to prevent this condition.
Surgery may however be required if preventative measures do not work. Such surgery includes making incisions in the foot to release tendons so that they can be allowed to straighten. If the toe is not flexible, then another type of surgery whereby the toe is manually straightened will be necessary and will entail cutting tendons directly and eliminating bone pieces to stop any potential blocks that are not allowing the toe to straighten.
As you can see, hammertoes are not an easy problem to stop unless you take the proper steps early on in the condition. Please contact us today so that we may be able to determine whether your hammertoes can be stopped from getting worse or if surgery is required to bring your feet back to normal.