Is your toe sore and tender? If you don't remember bumping your toe, your symptoms might be the result of an ingrown toenail. Luckily, prompt treatment of the condition can help you avoid an infection. Dr. Henry Slomowitz, your Ridgewood, NJ, foot doctor, treats ingrown toenails in his Paterson and Paramus offices.
How can I tell if my nail is ingrown?
Initially, only a tiny shard of your nail may grow into the skin surrounding your nail. If you don't notice the problem and free the trapped edge promptly, the nail will continue to pierce the skin, causing tenderness and redness. You may also notice pain when you put on your shoes or socks or put the slightest pressure on the toe. In some cases, ingrown toenails become infected. Symptoms of an infection may include increased pain, pus around the nail, a warm feeling in your toe or red streaks extending from the toe.
How did I get an ingrown toenail?
You may be more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you don't cut your toenails straight across. If you round the edges, it will be much more easy for the nails to grow into your skin. Other risk factors include wearing tight shoes or socks or having naturally curved nails.
How are ingrown toenails treated?
If your nail has just begun to grow into the skin, you may be able to free it at home. Soak the toe in warm water for 10 or 15 minutes, then gently place a thin piece of cotton or dental floss under the nail. Once you've freed the trapped edge, keep floss or cotton under the nail until it's no longer in danger of growing into the skin. Don't attempt to treat an ingrown toenail yourself if you have diabetes, as even the slightest break in your skin can increase your risk of a serious infection. In these cases, it's best to call your Ridgewood podiatrist if you notice an ingrown toenail.
When your nail won't budge, you're in severe pain, or you notice signs of infection, it's time to call the foot doctor. Your podiatrist will remove the trapped section of the nail during a minor office procedure. You may also need antibiotics if the toe has become infected.
Don't ignore ingrown toenail symptoms. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry Slomowitz, your Ridgewood, NJ, foot doctor by calling (973) 684-1011 for the Paterson office or (201) 599-9255 for the Paramus office.
A bunion is a common foot deformity that affects up to 37 percent of the American population, ages 18-65, according to a study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. Bunions change the way your feet look, how they feel, and how they fit into your favorite shoewear. In some cases, patients develop additional foot problems, like hammertoes and painful calluses. Learn how you can become bunion-free and save your feet with the help of Dr. Henry Slomowitz, a foot doctor serving patients in Paterson, and Paramus, New Jersey.
Living with Bunions
Bunions, also called Hallux valgus, is a foot condition that can be difficult to live with—especially when the foot becomes rigidly deformed. It is caused by a progressive shifting of the large toe toward the other toes. The joint on the side of the foot moves in the opposite direction, causing a large bony bump to form. The front of the foot begins to look triangular in shape. The toes can squeeze together and overlap, making them look tangled. Bunions are usually caused by wearing tight pointy shoes that press the toes together unnaturally. This condition is also hereditary in some patients because of the way their feet are shaped and structured.
Bunions can usually be treated conservatively if you seek help from your foot doctor when they start to form. These are some of the possible treatments:
- Protective padding placed between the toes and around the feet.
- Orthotic supports and shoes.
- Splints worn while sleeping to realign the joints.
- Joint exercises and physical therapy.
- Removal of painful calluses on the feet.
- Bunionectomy surgery in more advanced cases.
Keeping Your Feet Bunion-Free
It's important to be aware of the daily actions that caused you to develop a case of bunions in the first place. Here are some tips for keeping your feet free from bunions:
- Toss uncomfortable shoes and trade them in for footwear that's roomier around the toes.
- Wear your prescribed orthotic devices.
- Keep the feet and joints flexible with daily foot exercises.
Getting Your Feet Back to Normal
See your foot doctor to learn the ways that your bunions can be treated, and how you can get relief from physical and aesthetic discomfort. Call (973) 684-1011 or (201) 599-9255 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry Slomowitz at his office in Paterson or Paramus, NJ (also serving Ridgewood, NJ patients).
Warts are the result of the human papilloma virus or HPV. They're both unsightly and a health issue, so turn to our specialist. At the practice of Henry Slomowitz, DPM, our Paterson warts treatment is effective and safe.
The way that warts develop is that they the HPV virus is able to find a path through skin that is broken, leading to an infection. Be very careful not to walk barefoot on any area that you are not sure is clean. You can wait and see if your warts go away, which does happen in some instances, but it's not worth taking the risk because they are contagious. You can spread them to other people, and just as alarming, you can spread it to other parts of your body. For example, if you touch your foot with your hand, you will probably transfer the virus to your hand. By the time you first see signs of warts, it is probably an indication that you have already had the virus for a while. Over time, a wart will grow its own blood vessels, availing itself of a separate blood supply. Once that happens, it becomes more difficult to get rid of it. You may find that the warts are painful, but this isn't always so. You may have no discomfort, at least right now, but you could still benefit from our Paterson warts treatment. Upon examination, our podiatrist will discuss possible ways to address them based on various factors, including the size of them and how they are affecting you. If any of the warts are showing an unusual growth pattern or color, it may be a good idea to biopsy them.
Reach out to our office to schedule an examination and our Paterson warts treatment. It is best to be proactive.
Hammertoes are caused by toes bending inward at the middle joint, causing a bone deformity that looks like a hammer. Hammertoes typically involve a second, third, or fourth toe. Once the middle joint is bent, the toe becomes unable to straighten out, causing the permanent bone deformity. The good news is, hammertoes can be prevented and treated.
Dr. Henry Slomowitz wants to share the facts about hammertoes. He has two convenient office locations in Paterson, and Paramus, New Jersey, serving residents of Ridgewood and Hackensack areas.
One of the main causes of hammertoes is wearing tight, narrow shoes that crowd and crush toes, causing toes to bend inward and the toe joint to thrust outward. Muscle or tendon problems in feet can also cause hammertoes.
A hammertoe has a uniquely hammer-like shape and can lead to corns and calluses forming at the top of a toe’s middle joint. The corns and calluses form due to the continual rubbing of toes against the inside of shoes. Hammertoes can lead to difficulty walking, foot pain, and problems wearing shoes.
There are several tips you can try to prevent and treat hammertoes including:
- Wearing comfortable shoes with adequate toe room
- Exercising and stretching toes and feet
- Taking anti-inflammatory medication to prevent swelling
- Wearing cushions or pads inside shoes
Hammertoes are best treated by a skilled podiatrist. Dr. Slomowitz may suggest several effective options to treat hammertoes including:
- Toe splints to correctly realign the toe joint
- Custom-fit orthotics to correct a muscle or tendon imbalance
- Corticosteroid injections to decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain
- For severe cases of hammertoe, surgery may be indicated to eliminate the deformity and promote correct toe alignment.
Hammertoe can affect the ability to walk and wear shoes. The good news is there is help and relief from hammertoes. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Henry Slomowitz, with offices in Paterson, and Paramus, New Jersey, serving residents of Ridgewood and Hackensack areas. Call today!
Being vigilant about an elderly loved ones' foot care as they age may seem tedious, especially if they have other health-related issues that require regular monitoring and doctor's visits. However, your foot doctor in Paterson and Paramus, NJ, and serving Ridgewood, Dr. Henry Slomowitz, has offered some simple tips to help you maintain good foot health and avoid potentially serious complications as you or a loved one gets older.
Why is geriatric foot health important?
A natural part of the aging process includes a decrease in the way our blood circulates through the body. Since the feet are the furthest appendages from the heart, they are the last to receive a fresh supply of oxygenated blood each time the heart pumps. This change in blood flow may seem negligible, but as your Ridgewood, Paterson, and Paramus foot doctor will tell you, it can affect many aspects of your foot health, including nail growth and nerve sensation. When you pair this with being less active, minor foot issues like blisters or toenail fungus can become painful, and difficult to treat, especially if an infection is ignored for too long. This is of particular concern for those patients who are diabetic, a condition which affects many elderly people.
What can be done to care for the feet as we age?
Podiatrists can narrow geriatric foot care down to one word: diligence. Taking time to clean the feet each day, as well as inspect them for injuries or unusual changes, can make a huge difference. After bathing, the feet should be carefully dried to prevent fungal growth, and then thoroughly checked for any potential problems. Mirrors can be used to assist with viewing the areas on the soles of the foot or between the toes. Wearing shoes at all times, even indoors, is also important for the prevention of injuries. Any problems, no matter how slight, should be reported to Dr. Slomowitz at once.
To make an appointment for yourself or an elderly loved one to learn more about foot care, contact the office of Dr. Slomowitz in Paterson and Paramus, NJ, and serving Ridgewood today.
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