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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
September 14, 2018
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

An issue we see here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers all the time is ingrown toenails. Unfortunately, a lot of the times a patient has taken it upon themselves to treat the issue with a home remedy that they read on the internet or that their mom’s aunt’s best friend’s sister’s pet parakeet told them. 

Before you attempt to treat an ingrown toenail at home, make sure you’re not using one of these methods!

  • Myth #1: Cutting a notch in the side of your nail’s border will stop the nail from growing inward.

False!

  • Myth #2: Shoving a piece of cotton between the nail and the bed will prevent it from growing any longer.

False!

  • Myth #3:Just keep trimming! If you keep trimming down the sides of the nail, it will eventually even out.

False!

And now for the truth:

The number one treatment is prevention. The best way to prevent your nails from becoming ingrown is to trim them properly. Properly trimming means straight across, and not too short, and not rounding off the edges. Prevention also includes making sure your shoes fit properly. If your toe box is too tight, it will compress your toes which can cause a painful ingrown toenail.

If you do have an ingrown toenail however, you can try soaking the affected toe in warm water several times a day and try to gently massage the nail out of the skin. If you notice redness, pus or discharge, swelling, or heat in the area, this means it is infected and it is time call your podiatrist!

Why it’s important:

First of all, ingrown toenails hurt! Second of all, they can easily become infected if left untreated. If you are a diabetic patient or if you have a medical condition that suppresses your immune system, an infection in your feet can be devastating.

If you’re suffering from an ingrown toenail, call us today! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 30, 2017
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are a foot condition that causes the toenails to dig into the surrounding skin. This can not only be an inconvenience but also be a cause of systemic discomfort. 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., will strive to remedy your feet from this condition 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. Please also take a chance to scroll through our Patient Education library to learn more about what you can do to take care of your feet.

Ingrown Toenails can be caused by improper toenail trimming where they are cut too short. When the toenail’s corners are cut so that they curve with the toe, the sides of that toenail begin to grow into the skin surrounding the toe. Another cause for this condition can be wearing shoes that ate too narrow or tight. The big toes are the ones that generally develop this condition. At first, the toe begins to harden and swell due to the ingrown toenail. Thereafter, it can get inflamed or infected. If left untreated, the skin around the toe can begin to grow over it.

If it gets infected, treatment can include soaking it in warm and soapy water and wedging something in between the ingrown nail and skin to prevent it from digging into the skin. Antibiotics may also be required to combat the infection when the above methods are not successful. Moreover, utilizing clean socks or sandals can breathe new life into your toenails. 

When the above is still not helpful, a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove part of the ingrown toenail. The medical professional performing this procedure will try their best not to remove the entire nail, as doing so could cause it to come back again. It generally takes up to 4 months for the toenail to regrow once removed.

It is therefore helpful to ensure that the above methods are followed very carefully to prevent a severe complication from arising when you have ingrown toenails. Please contact us to get your toenails straight again!

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: foot health

 

Well-tended feet are the essential foundation of the active lifestyle necessary for long-term health and well-being. Neglecting your feet can create unnecessary discomfort throughout your body.  Here are ten tips from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC to make sure that your feet remain pain-free for many years to come.

 

 

  1. Avoid ingrown toenails buy trimming them straight across with a clipper, rather than a razor.
  2. If you enjoy the occasional salon pedicure, make sure that the facility is clean and that instruments are sterilized. Do not allow the technician to use a razor on your feet at any time.
  3. Wash your feet daily with warm water and plenty of soap. Be sure to dry your feet well and pay attention to the spaces between your toes. Fungus thrives in moist environments.
  4. Wear shower shoes when you visit locker rooms and public pools. Bacteria abound in such environments.
  5. Minimize sweat and keep feet dry In wool or cotton socks. Change damp socks as soon as possible. Perspiration can create a moist environment hospitable to fungi.
  6. Check your feet weekly, noting problems or changes. If you have diabetes, check your feet more frequently, as diabetics experience foot sores and infections more frequently than others. Be alert to potential problems.
  7. Consider investing in new footwear. Shoes made of leather allow air to circulate so feet can “breathe.” Shoes made of newer mesh fabrics are a great option if you tend toward sweaty feet.
  8. Shoes that are too tight or too loose can lead to long-term foot problems. See a professional for a proper fitting. Choose a broad, wide shoe with a wide, low heel. Pointy shoes and stiletto heels are fashionable, but wearing them too often isn’t a good idea. They can squeeze your toes, causing ingrown toenails, bunions, and other problems.
  9. Don’t share shoes, socks, or other items that touch the feet. In situations where you must share, such as renting bowling shoes, be sure everything is treated with antibacterial spray.
  10. See a podiatrist when a problem arises. Your podiatrist has years of training and experience and is the best doctor to diagnose and treat all of your foot and ankle issues.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn is a board-certified podiatrist with 40 years of experience. If you’re experiencing a foot or ankle issue, he can diagnose the source of your discomfort and work with you to determine the best course of treatment.  Click here or call Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC today to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.

 
By contactus@ctfootcare.com
December 26, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Causes   Prevention  

Ingrown toenails can occur when too much pressure is exerted on the toenails, typically on the big toenail. Ingrown toenails, if left untreated, are painful and can potentially lead to infection. Understanding your daily routine is vital to prevention. If you exercise often or wear high heels, take heed of your shoes. Improperly-fitting shoes and socks can contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Make sure to take proper care of your toenails, keep your cuticles intact and cut your toenails straight across.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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In a recent study physicists of the University of Nottingham in England took a closer look at the mechanical forces that act on fingernails and toenails—particularly the outward growth of the nail. Researchers have found that ingrown toenails form because of an imbalance in the forces acting on them from nail growth. Nails that grow too quickly tend to have a nail edge that becomes more curved, which in turn makes it more likely for the far edges of the nail to poke down into the skin beside the nail—creating an ingrown nail. To combat ingrown nails, cut nails into a parabolic or oval shape rather than straight across at the end of the nail. Using this method will cause the forces acting on the nail and nail bed to balance, preventing the growth of ingrown nails.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are left unattended. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

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

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