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One of the most painful, not to mention annoying, skin irritations is an ingrown toenail. It is simply the result of the nail, commonly on the big toe, growing into the skin that surrounds it. Ingrown toenails can be the result of cutting the nails too short, or, ironically, by letting them grow too long. Nails that are ripped or torn, or nails that are cut into a rounded shape, also can cause ingrown toenails. They cause pain and sometimes redness, especially if the toes are encased in shoes that are too tight in the toe box. Improperly fitting shoes, along with toe injuries, and repetitive activity are among other causes of ingrown toenails. Cutting toenails straight across and soaking the feet in a salt-water bath a few times a day can help to relieve the pain. However if the ingrown toenail pain increases, becomes warm to the touch, or if there is a buildup of pus and an unpleasant odor, it may be infected. This would be a good time to consult with a podiatrist for immediate 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 one of our podiatrists of Tri-Town Podiatry. Our doctors 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 offices located in Arlington, Canton, and Chelsea, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Flip Flops May Cause Foot Pain

The simplicity of wearing flip flops is attractive to many people. They are available in many colors and styles, and are easy to slip on in a hurry. Despite their popularity, research has indicated they may cause foot problems. People commonly notice heel pain, and this can be a result of an absence of an arch in the shoe. Additionally, a pain in the big toe may be indicative of a bunion forming, and the toes may ache from constantly trying to keep the flip flop on the foot. A reason the foot muscles work harder when flip flops are worn may have to do with being an open back shoe. Most flip flops do not have a strap on the back, and the gait, or walking style, can be negatively affected. It is beneficial to perform exercises and stretches that can strengthen the foot and calf muscles, which may make it more comfortable to walk. If you would like additional information about what type of flip flops to wear that are good for the feet, please confer with a podiatrist.


 

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Tri-Town Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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One of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This involves inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the base of the toes along the sole of the foot. Plantar fasciitis usually causes a stabbing pain in the foot, especially when first getting up in the morning. It is common to runners and people who are overweight. Some simple exercises and stretches can help to ease the pain of plantar fasciitis, and it is important to visit a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis before embarking on any exercise regime. The standing calf stretch can help loosen the calf muscles that connect your leg to your heel. Stand facing a wall, touching it lightly with both hands. Place one foot straight back and bend the opposite knee while pressing into the wall. Change legs and repeat. A seated towel stretch can be felt in both the calf and the foot. Sit on a mat with both legs straight ahead. Wrap the towel along the ball of one foot and pull it toward you. Hold for 30 seconds and change feet. A podiatrist can recommend other exercises and therapies to ease the pain of plantar fasciitis.  

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Tri-Town Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Individuals with diabetes ought to be especially diligent in practicing healthy foot care. This is because diabetes can negatively impact nerves and restrict blood circulation throughout the feet. There are a number of ways in which diabetics may go about taking care of their foot health. One of these ways is by wearing diabetic socks, which are specially designed to help prevent common diabetic side effects in the feet. Some diabetic socks use non-elastic binding that holds the sock up on the calf without restricting blood flow to the feet. Other kinds of diabetic socks feature smart technology that can help the wearer identify an incoming ulcer or other problem. Since high blood pressure associated with diabetes can cause ulcers, diabetic socks usually are made without seams to reduce the kind of friction that could create an ulcer. Diabetic socks may not be right for everyone living with diabetes, so you might consider consulting with a podiatrist to see if these socks would work for you.


 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Tri-Town Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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