Saturday, 18 May 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the skin instead of over it, often the result of improper nail trimming, tight footwear, or injury. Ingrown toenails are common in children, as well as adults. The condition can cause pain, redness, and swelling around the child’s toe. If not treated properly, it can lead to infection. Especially for children, treatment typically begins conservatively, using methods such as soaking the affected foot in warm, soapy water to soften the nail and relieve pain. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, may try lifting the edge of the ingrown nail and placing a small amount of cotton underneath it to help guide the nail to grow above the skin. I is important for children to wear properly fitting shoes and to have their toenails trimmed straight across instead of rounded. This can help prevent the recurrence of ingrown toenails. If conservative treatments fail or if the ingrown toenail recurs frequently, a podiatrist may perform a minor procedure to remove part of the nail. They may treat the nail bed to prevent further issues, if necessary. This approach helps alleviate discomfort and prevent potential complications. If your child is suffering with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for prompt treatment. 

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Raul Hidalgo DPM of South Texas Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in San Antonio, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Saturday, 11 May 2024 00:00

 

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

When it comes to gardening, ensuring proper foot protection is essential to prevent injuries and maintain comfort throughout the day. To minimize the risk of injury, it is helpful for gardeners to invest in sturdy, closed-toe footwear with slip-resistant soles that provide traction on various surfaces. Additionally, garden boots or shoes with reinforced toes and puncture-resistant soles can offer extra protection from hazards that may be found in the garden, such as thorny areas. Wearing properly fitting footwear is vital to prevent blisters, chafing, and discomfort during long hours of working in the garden. In hot weather, breathable materials can help keep the feet cool and dry, while waterproof footwear is essential for working in wet or muddy conditions. If you have incurred a foot injury while working outdoors, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Raul Hidalgo DPM from South Texas Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in San Antonio, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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