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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.
An unfortunate report was conducted by the British Faculty of Public Health (FPH), an organization that represents doctors and health workers in the country. The report asserts that the low wages Britain suffers from is the cause of the insurgence of gout, mostly due to high food prices. “It is a condition we believed should have died out,” John Middleton of the FPH said. “It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food.”
Since 2008 wages have been below the rate of inflation leaving Britain’s poverty during the global financial crisis a topic of great debate. Gout is caused by obesity and diet rich in chemical compounds called purines that can be found in foods like sardines and liver.
Gout can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices and careful eating habits. If you are suffering from the effects of gout, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.
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The Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) held a conference focusing on neuromas in active women. Women were a focal point since they are generally possess a higher likelihood in sustaining foot and ankle conditions. Conference presenter Kris DiNucci stated that active women who either have flat feet or regularly wear narrow shoes are more likely to develop neuromas. Morton’s Neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toe, is the most common neuroma of the feet.
Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, talk to podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones. Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.
What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.
If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.
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New York Jets athlete Dee Milliner has recently sustained a high ankle sprain. While details of the diagnosis have not yet been revealed, the swelling’s severity indicates that the sprain may be a Grade 2. The cornerback may therefore potentially be out for four to six weeks.
Due to his condition, Milliner will unfortunately have to miss the first game of the team’s regular season. The Jets are likely to call on Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster as cornerbacks for the time being. Rex Ryan, the Jets coach, stated, “We feel confident that it’s healing nicely,” when describing the condition of Milliner’s ankle.
Sometimes the proper healing of an ankle sprain will require the assistance of a professional. If you are suffering from a sprained ankle, see Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?
This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity
Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.
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Foot odor is a problem that affects children of all ages, and some particular issues can be at the root of the problem. Bacteria are generally the culprit when it comes to smelly feet, so you want to make sure you are washing your children's feet with antibacterial soap. Fresh socks and alternating pairs of shoes further your efforts.
Sweat can also be a cause, so shoes should be washed and also not too tight. For those tough odors that just won't go away, consider using a topical antiperspirant medicine or speaking to your doctor to obtain a prescription remedy.
By keeping children’s feet healthy and clean, you can help them avoid developing unpleasant podiatric conditions as they age. If you have any questions about caring for your kids’ lower extremities, think about seeing podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can examine your child’s feet and provide treatment for any conditions that might be afflicting them.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
- Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
- Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet
- Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
- Be watchful of any pain or injury
- Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
- Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play
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