Are you susceptible to painful ingrown toenails? Find out what you can do to stop them.
While an ingrown toenail may not seem like a big deal at first, in reality, they can grow to be so uncomfortable that you have difficulty putting on shoes or walking around. A common complication with ingrown toenails is that they sometimes can lead to infection, so it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and visit one of our members of the Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association for treatment in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI. If ingrown toenails are happening to you rather regularly, here’s what you can do to prevent them in the future,
Know How to Care for Your Nails
If you find that you deal with ingrown toenails recurringly, it could be the way you trim your nails. It’s always a good idea to soak your feet before trimming the nails, as this will help soften them and make them easier to cut. From there, you will want to cut your nail straight across, never at an angle.
If you shape your toenails at an angle or at a curve this can cause them to grow into the side of the skin, leading to an ingrown toenail. Also, make sure to trim toenails so they are level with the tips of your toes (any shorter than that and you also risk developing an ingrown toenail).
Wear the Proper Shoes and Socks
The shoes that you wear can also affect the health of your toenails, as well as your feet. Women may be particularly prone to ingrown toenails as they often wear tightly fitted shoes, pointed shoes, or high heels. Furthermore, tight stockings can also put enough pressure on the toenails to cause an ingrown toenail. It’s important that shoes and socks do not confine your toes.
Avoid Foot Trauma
Obviously, no one wants to deal with traumatic foot injuries and we know you can’t always prevent them from happening, but if you play sports you may be particularly at risk for developing an ingrown toenail. To prevent this it is important that you wear the appropriate and protective footwear for your sport, and particularly for dancers, runners, and soccer players.
Concerned? Call Us Today!
If you are dealing with foot problems in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI, then it’s time to call The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association to find a podiatrist who can help you! Call (608) 381-3530. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association website offers a convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature to help you find a podiatrist in your area.
Foot and ankle injuries keep you from enjoying your favorite activity, whether you're a beginning runner or a marathoner. Prompt treatment for Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciiitis, stress fractures, and other injuries is essential if you want to get back on your feet as soon as possible. Luckily, members of the Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association offer effective treatments for common runner's injuries. Whether you live in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, LaCrosse, or Madison or another part of Wisconsin, you're never far from a foot doctor.
What causes runner's injuries?
Overuse injuries are the most common type of running injuries. If you've ever pushed yourself too hard or long or suddenly increased the intensity of your workout, you may have experienced one of these injuries:
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis occurs due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your heels on the bottom of your foot. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice worsening heel pain first thing in the morning or after standing for long periods. Podiatrists treat the condition with stretching exercises, night splints, physical therapy, corticosteroids, and orthotics.
- Achilles Tendonitis: Inflammation in the long tendon at the back of your heel is the cause of Achilles tendonitis. Symptoms include burning pain, stiffness, thickening of the tendon and bone spurs. Pain may increase after running but may be even worse the next day. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to a partial or full tear in your tendon. Treatments for Achilles tendonitis include stretching exercises, physical therapy, heel cups, or orthotics, a cast or boot to reduce pressure on the tendon, and night splints.
- Stress Fractures: Stress fractures occur when your muscles are overtaxed and transfer pressure to your bones. The pressure causes small cracks in the bones. Symptoms of stress fractures include worsening pain after activity, tenderness in the foot or ankle, and swelling. Rest is an important factor in your recovery. Your Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau, or LaCrosse podiatrist may also recommend a boot or cast and crutches to reduce pressure on your foot or ankle while it heals.
Do you need a podiatrist? The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association website offers a convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature that can help you find a Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI, foot doctor and ask any questions about runner's injuries.
Find out when you should turn to a podiatrist to treat your heel pain.
While anyone can develop heel pain did you know that women are actually more likely to experience this issue than men? Often times this is due to the footwear choices. Of course, no matter if you are a man or a woman, child or adult, if you are experiencing heel pain then our podiatrists at The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association serving Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI are here to help you figure out what’s going on and how to best treat it.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet, connecting the heel bone with your toes. There are many factors that can affect the health of this tissue, resulting in inflammation or microtears. One common cause is wearing shoes that do not provide the feet with enough support, particularly around the arches. Those who are overweight or obese are also at a risk for developing plantar fasciitis because of the additional weight and pressure being placed on the feet.
Plantar fasciitis is also common in athletes, particularly runners, dancers and those involved in high-impact sports. It is very important that athletes wear the appropriate footwear for their chosen sport.
How can I treat this problem?
For some people, this inflammatory condition is acute, which means that it will go away with the proper care and rest. There are at home steps that your podiatrist may recommend to tackle the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Common at-home measures you can take to treat plantar fasciitis include:
- Taking an over-the-counter painkiller
- Avoiding high-impact activities
- Elevating and resting the foot
- Bracing or splinting the foot to support the arches
- Wearing supportive footwear
- Using custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Performing stretching and strengthening exercises
If your condition is more extreme, or if your symptoms don’t respond to at-home care, then our foot doctor may recommend physical therapy, corticosteroid injections (for severe or unresponsive pain and inflammation), shockwave therapy or surgery (only in rare cases).
Are you dealing with heel pain in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau or LaCrosse, WI? If you are having trouble getting your symptoms under control then it’s time to call in the experts at Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Call us today at (608) 381-3530 to find a podiatrist in your area.
Discover the best methods for relieving your bunion pain.
Bunions are one of the most common foot problems and it’s one that often plagues many Americans, though more common in women. This condition, which causes the joint at the base of the big toe to stick out, can make it painful to put on shoes or even walk around. A bunion deformity is usually progressive, meaning that it gets worse over time. Find out more about bunions and how to manage your symptoms with the help of The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association and our podiatrists serving Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI.
What causes bunions?
There are a few factors that can increase the likelihood of developing a bunion. Genetics, for one, plays a rather large role. If a member of your family deals with bunions, chances are you may too.
If you overpronate or have low arches, this can affect how the weight is distributed throughout the foot as well as affect the stability joint of the big toe. Past foot injuries, as well as certain types of arthritis, can also lead to bunions.
You’ve probably heard people say that wearing high heels can cause bunions. While there is no definitive proof that high heels actually cause bunions, it is important to know that they can certainly make the problem worse. High heels reposition your foot and can put additional pressure on the joint of the big toe, which can make it worse. Opt for shoes that provide your toes enough space to wiggle and move around freely, and avoid heels over 2 inches tall.
How can I prevent bunion pain and other problems?
For some, the key lies in the type of shoes you wear. It’s important that you are providing your feet with the proper and ample support they need throughout the day. No matter whether you are an athlete or on your feet all day for work, it’s important that you protect the health of your feet to prevent pain and deformity from progressing. If you aren’t sure what kinds of shoes are right for you, then talk to our foot doctors to learn more.
Our specialists can also create custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, which can also improve how weight is distributed throughout your feet, particularly when standing, walking or running. This is important, as excessive pressure on the bunion can make it worse. Another option is to splint or brace the foot, which can reposition the big toe and take pressure off the deformed joint, and works well in certain individuals. In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be required to correct the bunion and realign the toe.
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas, contact The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Call us today at (608) 381-3530 to find a podiatrist in your area and schedule a consultation.
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