Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Podiatrists specialize in treating foot conditions, including the common yet painful issue of ingrown toenails. These occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing discomfort, redness, and even infection. When treating an ingrown toenail, a podiatrist may start with conservative treatments, such as properly trimming the nail, lifting it from the skin, and recommending appropriate footwear to alleviate pressure. In cases where the ingrown toenail is recurrent or severe, a podiatrist may perform a minor surgical procedure under local anesthesia to remove part of the nail. This professional intervention not only addresses the immediate pain and infection but can also prevent recurrence of ingrown nails in that area. Patients can usually return to their daily activities quickly and comfortably, with minimal risk of complications. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for 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 Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. 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 Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Blisters on the feet, though seemingly minor, can lead to more serious complications if not treated properly. These small pockets of fluid form as a result of friction or pressure, commonly from wearing ill-fitting shoes or increased physical activity. While they often heal on their own, blisters can become infected. Infections are indicated by increased pain, redness, swelling, or the presence of pus. It is important to seek medical attention if there are signs of infection, which can escalate into cellulitis, a deeper, more serious skin infection that can spread quickly. For individuals with diabetes or compromised immune systems, the risk of complications from foot blisters is significantly higher. These conditions can impair blood circulation and wound healing, making even small blisters potential gateways to severe infections. If you have a blister that is showing signs of infection, especially if a blister is not healing as expected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Plantar fibroma is a benign condition characterized by the formation of a knot or nodule in the arch of the foot. This lump occurs in the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. Typically, someone can feel it if they physically examine the foot. A  plantar fibroma can develop in one or both feet, and it usually remains stable in size or grows slowly over time. The lump in the arch may or may not be painful. When pain is present, it's often because the fibroma presses against footwear or the ground, creating pressure on the foot. This discomfort can be increased by standing, walking, or wearing tight or unsupportive shoes. People sometimes modify their gait or posture in an attempt to minimize discomfort, which potentially causes secondary pain in the feet, legs, or back. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of symptoms. Conservative options may include orthotic devices and footwear modifications, and more invasive procedures may involve steroid injections or surgery. If you have a lump in the arch of the foot and suspect a plantar fibroma, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment options. 

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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