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By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
February 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Toenails  

How your podiatrists in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI, can help your feet

If you have an ingrown toenail, you know that they can be very painful, greatly affecting your ability to perform even simple tasks such as walking or putting on shoes. Fortunately, there are podiatrists in your area who can help you and your feet feel better. If you live in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI areas, contact The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association to find a podiatrist near you.

More about Ingrown Toenails

You can probably tell when you have an ingrown toenail because your toenail will appear dark and swollen. You may even see pus draining out from underneath your toenail. The most obvious symptom of an ingrown toenail is the pain and pressure building up underneath your toenail.

You may be more likely to suffer an ingrown toenail if your toenails naturally curve under. Other causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • Wearing shoes without enough toe room
  • Cutting your toenails too short and rounding the corners
  • Fungal infections or injuries to your toes
  • Poor foot structure and genetic factors

The key to dealing with ingrown toenails is prevention. There are many steps you can take to make it less likely you will suffer from an ingrown toenail. Remember to:

  • Always cut your toenails straight across
  • Don’t cut your toenails too short
  • Always wear shoes with plenty of toe room

If you do have an ingrown toenail, you can try a few simple tips like these:

  • Soak your toe in warm water several times each day
  • Gently place dental floss underneath your toenail to force the toenail up out of your skin
  • Apply antibiotic cream underneath your toenail
  • Bandage your toe and toenail to provide cushioning and support
  • Wear open-toed shoes until your toenail heals

For stubborn, severe ingrown toenails, your podiatrist can help with a variety of treatments, including:

  • Lifting and separating the toenail from your skin so it can grow freely
  • Trimming your toenail to allow the toenail to grow normally
  • Removing the toenail so a healthy toenail can grow in its place

You don't have to suffer from ingrown toenail pain when relief is just a phone call away. If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau, and LaCrosse, WI areas, contact The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association at (608) 381-3530. Call today!

By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
February 18, 2020
Category: Podiatry

Dealing with persistent or recurring heel pain? It may be time to see a podiatrist.

If plantar fasciitis is keeping you from your favorite activities then it may be time to do something about it, and The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association can help. We provide patients living in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas with a wide range of podiatrists that can address their specific needs and problems.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. In the soles of the feet, there is a thick ligament that runs from the heel bone to the toes and provides support for the feet’s arches. If the ligament becomes overstretched or overused this can cause tiny tears in the tissue, which in turn causes inflammation.

What are the signs of plantar fasciitis?

The most common sign is a stabbing pain that originates in the heel under the heel bone. The pain may be accompanied by stiffness, which can radiate to the arches of the feet, as well. Symptoms may be worse first thing in the morning or after bouts of inactivity. As you start moving you may notice a decrease in the pain. This problem can happen to anyone but it most often occurs in runners.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you believe that you might have plantar fasciitis but you aren’t sure it’s best to play it safe and schedule an appointment with a foot doctor who can diagnose and treat your condition. After all, getting the treatment you need sooner also means getting the quick relief you deserve. You should also see a doctor for your heel pain if,

  • The pain remains even when you are at rest and aren’t putting weight on the foot
  • Symptoms don’t get better after a week of rest and home care
  • The pain is the result of a foot injury (e.g. bad fall; car accidents; sports incident)

A podiatrist will be able to provide you with the care and treatment you need to get back on your feet and ready to tackle those hills (or even just the flight of stairs in your apartment complex).

Don’t let heel pain dictate what you can and can’t do. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association can provide you with podiatrists ready to serve you in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau, and LaCrosse, WI. Call us at (608) 381-3530 or visit our website with the convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature.

By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
October 01, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunion  

Find out ways to alleviate your bunion symptoms.

Wondering if you might have a bunion? Whether you’ve been diagnosed already or you are looking for a podiatrist who can diagnose and Bunionstreat your bunion The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association can help you find a qualified foot care professional in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas to manage your symptoms and prevent the bunion from getting worse.


Treating a Bunion

If you aren’t experiencing any pain or discomfort then treatment may not be necessary; however, some people may experience swelling and pain, as the condition progresses. The job of your foot doctor is to prevent the deformity from progressing by providing you with simple at-home care and lifestyle changes that can improve your condition and its symptoms.

While the only way to correct a bunion is with surgery this is usually not recommended unless your symptoms are severe, unresponsive to other nonsurgical treatment options and greatly impact your quality of life. In the beginning, common ways to manage bunion symptoms include,


Wear Properly Fitted Shoes

This should be an obvious recommendation but one that shouldn’t go ignored. After all, high heels or shoes that put pressure on the bunion can make it worse. Make sure that any shoes you wear don’t bunch up your toes or have a heel taller than 2 inches. Talk with our podiatrist about whether custom orthotics could also help.


Wear a Bunion Pad

You can also find protective non-medicated pads at your local drugstore, which can be placed over the bunion before wearing shoes to prevent friction and a callus from forming when wearing shoes.

Other ways to ease symptoms include,

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Stretching and certain foot exercises
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery (when other treatment options have failed)

If you are dealing with foot pain or other issues it’s important that you have a trusted podiatrist. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association can help you find the right podiatrist in your area, whether you live in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau or LaCrosse, WI. Find your foot and ankle specialist today by calling (608) 381-3530 or visiting our website with the convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature.

By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
August 09, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Runner’s Injury  

Running is a great way to stay fit, gain strength and reduce stress. In fact, it could even help you live longer; however, while there are a number of benefits to running it’s also important that you recognize and do what you can to prevent injuries from happening. Recognize the warning signs of a runner’s injury and know when to visit a podiatrist for care. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association has been providing patients with the names of doctors in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas.

When Muscle Soreness is a Problem

It’s normal for there to be some soreness and achiness in the muscles after working out or running. In some cases, this may even be a sign of muscle growth and development; however, repeated and excessive stress on muscles can also lead to injury. Here are the top causes of runner’s injuries,

  • Poor form
  • Improper stretching and warming up prior to working out
  • Incorrect or worn-out footwear

You Might be Overtraining

While most of us can recognize the importance of exercise and its numerous benefits, there is also too much of a good thing. Overtraining can also lead to injury and be harmful to your health. Signs of overtraining include,

  • Mood changes (e.g. irritability; increased anxiety)
  • Frequent illness
  • Constant exhaustion and fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Heaviness in the legs

The areas that most often experience pain and discomfort in runners include the shins, legs, feet, knees and ankles. While limiting or avoiding high-impact activities for a couple of days can eliminate minor aches and pains, depending on the severity of the injury the pain may last for weeks.

Common Types of Runner’s Injuries

While a foot and ankle specialist can treat a wide range of conditions and injuries, they most often see these injuries and issues in runners,

  • Shin splints
  • Runner’s knee
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis

Spot the Difference Between Normal Aches and a Running Injury

It isn’t always easy to tell the difference especially during or after a workout when your body may feel fatigued or sore; however, here are some ways to distinguish between the two,

Normal Aches and Pains

  • Burning or tenderness during exercise that is minor or goes away at rest
  • Pain that appears within 1-3 days after working out
  • The feeling lasts for 2-3 days before improving
  • Discomfort is muscle-related

A Running Injury

  • The pain is sharp and persistent both during exercise and at rest
  • The pain doesn’t lessen or go away by itself or with at-home care
  • The pain feels deeper or also affects the joints
  • The pain will appear either during exercise or within the first day

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different and those with especially high pain tolerances may not recognize when they may be dealing with the beginning stages of an injury. It’s best to play it safe and if you experiencing any of these symptoms of a foot or ankle injury that you take time to rest and see a podiatrist if symptoms don’t go away.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau OR LaCrosse, WI, area then turn to Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Our association has been helping people of all ages find the foot and ankle care they need for the last 70 years. Call (608) 381-3530 today to find a podiatrist in your area.

By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
July 24, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

When it comes to handling diabetes it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can trust. After all, those with diabetes often face foot problems at some point during their lifetime, and it’s important that they have the right foot specialist to turn to.

For over 70 years, Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association has been providing patients with the names of the top doctors in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI to make sure they get the care they need when they need it. If you have diabetes, nerve damage or circulation issues in your feet this can lead to more serious complications. With diabetic foot problems being one of the most common causes of long-term hospitalizations for those with diabetes it’s important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle to promote healthy feet.

Managing your blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to keeping your diabetes in check. Along with visiting your foot doctor regularly for checkups, it’s also important that you have the proper diabetes medication to keep your blood sugar within a healthy range. This involves some trial and error, so make sure you are working with your doctor to find the right medication. You should also make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

While this is the best way to stay healthy when you have diabetes, here are some everyday habits you should follow to keep your feet healthy and complication-free,

  • Perform self-exams on your feet everyday to look for redness, swelling, sore spots, calluses, corns, blisters and other problems that require attention.
  • Wash your feet everyday with soap and warm water. Dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce the risk of a fungal infection.
  • Always apply a moisturizer after bathing to prevent dryness and cracking.
  • Wear shoes and socks both indoors and outdoors to prevent injury or sores.
  • Don’t try to treat a corn, callus or wart on your own. See your podiatrist for treatment.
  • Keep toenails trim and always trim them straight across (not at an angle) to prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Consider getting custom orthotics from your foot doctor. These shoe inserts could provide your feet with additional support when walking or standing.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau or LaCrosse, WI, then it’s time to turn to Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association to help you find the podiatrist that will fit your needs. Call (608) 381-3530 today or visit The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association website with the convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature.