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By FOOT & ANKLE CENTER OF ILLINOIS
October 01, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are a common problem. Depending on the severity, they can cause everything from mild irritation and discomfort to ingrown toenailinfection and significant pain. Toenails become ingrown when a corner of the nail grows into the skin, and while they are most common in the big toe, they can affect the other toes as well. Although some ingrown toenails can be treated with over-the-counter remedies, if the toe becomes infected or if you have diabetes, a podiatrist may have to remove the ingrown portion of the nail to avoid complications. If you are experiencing this issue, the podiatry and chiropractic team at Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois in Springfield offers treatment options for a range of conditions.

Ingrown Toenail Prevention and Treatment in Springfield, IL

The best way to prevent a toenail from becoming ingrown is to trim them regularly, making sure to cut them neatly straight across and avoid rough, jagged edges. If you have diabetes, even minor podiatry problems like an ingrown toenail or blister can lead to potentially serious complications. In order to keep your feet healthy, visit a podiatrist for regular check-ups and maintenance. Other things you can do to protect yourself from ingrown toenails include wearing comfortable shoes with ample room to move the toes comfortably.

Causes and Risk Factors for Ingrown Toenails

The two most common causes of an ingrown toenail are cutting the toenails too short or at an angle, and wearing uncomfortable or poorly fitting shoes that squeeze the toes. Trauma and the natural shape and growth patterns of your toenails can also make them more susceptible to becoming ingrown.

If the nail becomes infected, a podiatrist may remove the ingrown portion and prescribe medication to treat the infection. Conservative treatments include soaking the foot in warm water and wearing comfortable supportive shoes to relieve pressure on the toes.

Find a Podiatrist

For more information about ingrown toenail treatment and other foot and ankle injuries, contact Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Taylorville and Sullivan, IL today to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists or chiropractors.

By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
July 03, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Osteoporosis   Foot Fracture  
Broken LegWhen people think of osteoporosis, they may think of it in relation to the spine and hips—quite possibly the wrists and ribs, as well. However, osteoporosis can also affect your feet. In fact, seemingly unexplained foot fractures may be an early indication that you have osteoporosis.  
 
Osteoporosis means “porous bones," and that your bones are losing their density, making them thinner and easily breakable. Foot fractures from osteoporosis can come in the form of stress fractures, which are tiny fractures that cause small cracks in your feet. Because of the lack of structure to the bones, they become weak, which can lead to fractures.  
 
In their advanced stages, fractures can happen from something as simple as getting out of bed in the morning. These fractures can occur anywhere, but most commonly occur in the neck, low back, hip, wrists and feet. In the feet, these fractures often occur with repetitive trauma due to wearing unsupportive shoes, such as flip-flops. With this loss of structure comes the collapse of joints in the feet, which can cause arthritis and pain. Fractures in the feet from osteoporosis can range from small stresses in the bone to large displaced breaks that require surgery. However, surgery for osteoporotic patients can be a challenge.  
 
The sooner you deal with stress fractures the better. If you have pain in your feet that seems beyond any normal soreness, you should visit your podiatrist  for further diagnosis and treatment.
 

What do I do?

The general advice for aging people is to make sure you have enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet.  Exercise is also vital for increasing bone strength and protecting you against these painful fractures. Any type of activity in which you move is good—walking, running, swimming, dancing and even bowling can be just what you need to strengthen your bones. If you have foot issues and are unsure of how much your feet can take, talk to your podiatrist. 
 
Be sure to choose shoes that offer proper support to your feet and ankles as well. Your podiatrist might recommend orthotics to give you that extra support to your arches.  Even if your bones are not affected by osteoporosis, orthotics can still help you by providing extra stability that may save you from a fall that could break other bones.  
 
Your feet play an important role in making aging easy and less painful. Avoid the dangers of osteoporosis by taking care of your overall health and paying attention to your feet! If you have any foot problems or pain, contact our office for proper diagnosis and treatment. 
By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
June 05, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Care  

Bare FeetSince your feet bare the brunt of your weight, it is important to take extra precautions while working to protect them from harm. When your job requires you to stand on your feet for a long period of time, work in potentially hazardous areas, or with potentially hazardous materials, you have some risk of foot injury. Productive workers depend on their ability to walk and move about safely, with ease and comfort. According to the National Safety Council, there are about 120,000 job-related foot injuries in any given year, with one-third of them being toe injuries.

Follow Proper Guidelines

While you are off the job, there are a few steps you can take to protect your feet, including:
  • Washing your feet daily
  • Drying them thoroughly
  • Checking your feet for corns, calluses and cracks
  • Keeping your feet warm
  • Trimming your toenails straight across
  • Visiting your podiatrist.
  • Wearing protective footwear for each activity
On the other hand, when you are working it is important to do the following:
  • Develop safe work habits and attitudes
  • Be aware of the hazards of your job
  • Be alert and watch for hidden hazards
  • Watch out for other workers’ safety
  • Follow the rules and don’t cut corners

Wear Protective Footwear

Safety shoes were created to protect your feet, help prevent injuries to them and to reduce the severity of your injuries should one occur while at work. According to the National Safety Council, it is estimated that only one out of four victims of job-related foot injury wear any type of safety shoe or boot. Your feet are the most valuable part of your body and are constantly subjected to injury in the workplace. With many potential work hazards, it's important that you discuss with your supervisor which safety shoes, boots or other protective equipment that you need for your protection.
 
Your podiatrist is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of all manners of foot conditions. Visit our office if you experience any work injury or if you have any further questions on how to properly care for your feet.