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There are various ailments that can affect the toenails, and toenail fungus is considered to be the most common. Research has indicated that approximately 10 percent of adults suffer from this type of infection, and it can affect both feet. Common symptoms include yellowed toenails that can become brittle and may ultimately fall off. Toenail fungus is known to be challenging to treat, and often requires medical attention. The fungus that causes this unsightly condition lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, such as locker rooms, public swimming pools, and shower room floors. It can enter the body through small cuts in the feet of which the patient may be unaware of. Toenail fungus may easily be avoided when specific prevention methods are consistently followed. Wearing socks that are made of breathable materials, trimming the toenails correctly, and avoiding sharing shoes and socks may help in eliminating toenail fungus. Additionally, it is extremely beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, which often includes flip flops or water shoes. If you are affected by toenail fungus, please consult a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!
Toddlers are usually flat-footed when they start to walk, and their feet may turn inward known as in-toeing. Flat feet should resolve as bones develop and the feet become stronger. In-toeing should also improve with age. Toddlers should go barefoot or wear soft-soled shoes to promote balance, posture, and coordination. Children receive important sensory information from the soles of their feet touching the ground and they develop muscle strength this way. When children have been walking confidently for some time, they can begin to wear firmer-soled shoes. Footwear can help protect their feet from injury and temperature. Their feet should be professionally measured for length and width. Kids' feet grow quickly, and their shoe size may change every few months. Shoes that are too tight can negatively affect a child’s walking pattern and cause other problems like ingrown toenails. Instead, children’s shoes should be comfortable, with plenty of room in the toe box. They should have a flexible, flat sole that can bend near the toe. The front of the shoe should be wider than the heel, to match the foot's natural shape. The shoes need to be secured with laces or straps that prevent the foot from moving or slipping. See a podiatrist if your child is experiencing foot pain or if you are concerned with how they walk.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.
The ankle joint, which connects the legs to the foot, is made up of several bones and the ligaments that hold them in place. If one of the ankle ligaments is overstretched or torn, it is called a sprain. This can happen by tripping and landing wrong on the foot, causing it to roll, twist, or turn in an awkward way. Most sprains occur on the outer side of the ankle. Symptoms include varying degrees of pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising. In severe sprains, the ability to bear weight and move the ankle joint is negatively affected. If you believe you have sprained an ankle, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist as soon as possible for a thorough examination. This may include having an X-ray or other imaging test performed to determine the severity of the sprain. It can take weeks, or even months, for an ankle to heal properly. If the sprained ankle is not given the proper amount of time to heal, it can be sprained again, causing serious or even chronic problems. Scheduling regular visits to a podiatrist after a sprain for an evaluation update is strongly advised.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Manhattan Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Pain at the sight of the tear
- Ankle area is tender to touch
- In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
- Skin discoloration
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits
Treatment of a Sprain
In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.
A corn is a small area of skin that hardens to protect the skin from excessive pressure that gradually forms on the foot from friction. This friction comes from wearing shoes or socks that do not fit correctly. A common place for a corn to develop is the side of the pinky toe. As small as it is, it can be extremely painful, and may make completing daily activities difficult to do. Additional reasons why a corn can appear may include standing for long periods of time, or if the feet are constantly sweaty. Corns that are found between the toes are referred to as soft corns, and are so named for the moisture that is found there. Seed corns develop on the soles of the feet, and are often found in clusters. Temporary relief may be found when a protective covering is worn over the corn, until a podiatrist is contacted. This is the type of doctor who can determine what the best course of treatment is, which may include surgery for permanent removal. If you have a corn on your foot, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can effectively evaluate and treat the condition.
Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.
Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.