Could an ingrown toenail be the cause of your toe pain?
While ingrown toenails are pretty common, they can still be pretty painful and could even lead to some complications if left untreated. It's important to maintain proper hygiene so that an ingrown toenail doesn’t develop in the first place; however, it’s important that you are able to pinpoint the problem when it occurs so you know when to seek care. From the office of our Sandy, UT, podiatrists Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle and Dr. Doug Toole, here are some signs that you are dealing with an ingrown toenail.
An ingrown toenail is when the edge of the toenail grows into the side or tip of the skin. As you might imagine, having the sharp edge of a nail pushing into the skin can be pretty painful. Not only that but it’s normal for there to be redness, swelling and inflammation around the ingrown toenail. You may even be able to see where the nail is curled into the skin.
If the ingrown toenail is left untreated there are several other symptoms you may notice (some of which are serious and require immediate attention) including an overgrowth of tissue in that areas, pus or fluid draining from the nail or the development of an abscess (an infection).
It’s also important to note that those with diabetes, nerve damage in the feet or circulation problems should never ignore even the most simple of foot conditions. Everything from minor cuts and scraps to ingrown toenails and bunions can lead to further complications. If you have diabetes and also notice symptoms or changes in your feet it’s important that you call our Sandy, UT, foot doctors immediately to find out whether it warrants a trip to our office. Seeking treatment as soon as possible could very well prevent more serious health problems from happening to you.
Of course, if you are ever dealing with foot problems that you don’t know how to handle don’t hesitate to reach out to our Sandy, UT, foot specialists. We provide a wide array of services to cater to everyone’s individual needs. Call Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah today.
Shoe shopping can be frustrating, especially if you wear an unusual size or have other abnormalities in your feet or gait. Podiatrists like Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle, and Dr. Doug Toole of Utah Foot Specialists serving Draper, Sandy and Bountiful, UT, can help you determine the best shoes to wear for maximum comfort. Below are some of the points to consider when shopping for new shoes.
Many shoes are designed with the occasion and outfit in mind, but comfort often takes a back seat. Jamming your toes into narrow toe boxes or teetering on stiletto heels can wreak havoc on your feet. So before going shoe shopping, make an appointment at Utah Foot Specialists. Regardless if you need athletic shoes, pumps, sandals, or boots, your Sandy podiatrist can make recommendations for brands that maintain a reputation for being comfortable as well as stylish. Remember to bring the same type of socks you plan to wear with the style of shoes you're buying.
Although you may have worn the same shoe size for many years, a professional fitting is a must for ensuring you're wearing the proper size and width. You may even find that your feet are two different sizes; your Sandy podiatrist can suggest various shoe inserts to compensate. An easy and basic way to know if a shoe will fit you is to trace the outline of your foot on a piece of paper. Take that drawing with you and put potential footwear purchases on top of the tracing. You can save time trying on any shoes that are too narrow or too short for the drawing.
Well-made shoes typically fit better. They should have sturdy soles, no seams or other materials that could rub up against your foot and cause irritation. Your Sandy podiatrist cautions against purchasing any shoes with the rationale that they just need to be "broken in." You may pay more at the outset, but good shoes should last a long time.
Contact Utah Foot Specialists serving Draper, Sandy and Bountiful, UT for any questions you may have about shoes or your feet in general. We look forward to helping you put your best foot forward!
Even if you don't regularly get pedicures, you still don't want your feet to look unattractive. Unfortunately, the feet are subject to damage due to the amount of time we spend on them, and as a result can develop some unsightly problems. One such issue is calluses, which Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle, and Dr. Doug Toole, foot doctors at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Utah serving Draper, Sandy and Bountiful, UT, see regularly at their practice. Learn how our podiatrists treat calluses here.
What is a callus?
You've likely seen a callus before; it's a thick, yellowed patch of rough skin on the feet or hands. It might surprise you to find out that your body forms calluses as a way of protecting you. Consistent pressure and friction from walking in shoes prompt the skin's immune response to toughen up the affected areas to keep abrasions from forming. Although calluses are usually not harmful, they detract from your appearance and can be uncomfortable if the activity that caused them to form continues. Your Draper, Sandy and Bountiful foot doctor is especially concerned about diabetic patients who develop calluses on their feet, as their blood flow is diminished and their immune system does not respond as well to injuries, which can lead to infected ulcerations.
How are calluses treated?
Sometimes a callus will recede if the activity that has caused it to form is stopped. For example, if repeatedly wearing tight, narrow or otherwise ill-fitting shoes has created a callus on one of the toes, discarding those shoes in favor of a more comfortable pair can help the callus heal. Wearing specially designed pads to protect the callused area can also help. Your Sandy foot doctor can also remove the callus during an in-office procedure. A visit to Foot & Ankle Specialists of Utah will determine the best treatment for your particular situation.
If you have a callus that needs attention, we are here for you! Contact one of our skilled foot doctors at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Utah serving Draper, Sandy and Bountiful, UT to schedule an appointment today!
Foot pain, especially when it's advanced, is a major problem that can make it difficult for even the most resilient person to get through the day. The American Podiatric Medical Association released a survey that found that 818 Americans out of 1082 have experienced some form of pain in their feet. Check out these frequently asked questions about foot pain and then make time to see a doctor at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah in Draper, Salt Lake City, Bountiful and Sandy, UT for an examination.
What Are the Causes of Foot Pain?
It's not surprising that foot pain is prevalent considering that the average person takes between 4,000 to 6,000 steps per day (estimates from The College of Podiatry). See these common causes of foot pain:
- heel spurs and other forms of heel pain (the most common)
- calluses on the toes or side of foot
- foot sores or ulcers
- ingrown toenails
- pinched nerves
How Can Foot Pain Be Relieved?
The proper treatment for your foot pain depends on the exact cause. In most cases, these therapies can be used to resolve the issue:
- Wearing orthotic devices.
- Heat or ice therapy.
- Foot stretching exercises and physical therapy.
- Cortisone injections.
- Splints to correct the form of the foot.
- Surgery in extreme cases to remove deformities, realign bone tissue or repair ligaments.
- A procedure called "Focused Aspiration of Soft Tissue," which is available at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah in Sandy.
- RF Therapy (NeuroTherm), also available at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah
When Is it Time to See a Draper, Salt Lake City, Bountiful and Sandy Podiatrist?
You should see a podiatrist about foot pain when the pain has become difficult or impossible to bear. Any pain that disrupts your ability to work, walk or participate in exercise is a concern that should be addressed by a doctor. Another reason for a visit is if your foot swells, becomes inflamed or there's a sore that becomes infected.
You can get more answers to the questions on your mind by scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah in Draper, Salt Lake City, Bountiful and Sandy, UT. Call (801) 292-4425 today for an appointment.
Is heel pain affecting your daily routine? Then it’s time you put a stop to it!
Do you wake up with stabbing heel pain? Does the problem seem to dissipate enough throughout the day that you are tricked into working out just to experience more pain once you’ve stopped? This heel pain could very well be due to plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain. If this sounds like you then it might be time you turned to one of our Draper, UT podiatrists--Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle and Dr. Doug Toole--to get the care you deserve.
If our Draper, UT foot doctors have just recently diagnosed you with plantar fasciitis, the name may sound a bit scary but it’s really not as bad as it seems. In fact as many as 90 percent of plantar fasciitis cases can be treated with conservative methods. Here are the common ways to eliminate your heel pain:
Limit or modify your activities
We all know that this can be difficult, especially if you are used to leading a very active lifestyle, but if you want to get back on your running routine or enjoy other physical activities then you’ll want to give your body the time it needs to heal. This also means changing what activities you do, such as avoiding any high-impact activities that could exacerbate your heel pain and instead focus on non-impact sports like swimming.
If being overweight or obese is causing your heel pain then it’s time to talk to us about ways to reduce your weight to improve the health of your feet. We can provide you with helpful hints for how to drop the weight you need to be healthy.
Of course, this means maintaining a healthy, balanced diet that is full of whole grains, vegetables, fruits and lean protein while staying away from sugar, processed foods, sodas and pastries. We can also talk to you about ways to start a routine exercise plan that will work with your foot limitations but help shed the pounds.
Sometimes you can get enough relief from over-the-counter shoe inserts and padding, which can provide support and comfort while on the move; however, this doesn’t always help everyone and sometimes you may need more customized measures for cushioning and supporting your foot’s structure. Fortunately, we make custom orthotics with your foot needs in mind. From soft to hard orthotics, we can create the shoe insert that will give you the relief you’ve been looking for.
It’s important that you spend some time rehabbing your feet. This means performing a series of stretching and strengthening exercises that can improve the health of the plantar fascia and ease symptoms. Don’t hesitate to talk to us about exercises you can do every day no matter where you are.
Don’t let heel pain dictate your workout routine. Get back to leading your active lifestyle again by turning to the Draper heel pain experts at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah.
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