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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Ingrown toenails can develop in an individual when the side of their toenail grows into the skin. As a result, the point at which the nail and skin meet can become inflamed and irritated. An individual with ingrown toenails can experience some kind of discomfort or pain. Runners may be particularly susceptible to developing ingrown toenails. This is explained by the fact that running puts a particular amount of repetitive pressure on the nails in the shoe. This pressure can then ultimately press the side of the nail into the skin and put an individual at risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Although ingrown toenails are certainly not the most serious condition of the feet, they can cause discomfort. If you are a runner and are concerned about developing an ingrown toenail, contact a podiatrist today.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact the podiatrists of Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Issaquah, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Poor circulation may be common among older people. It may lead to a lack of oxygen, that is intended to reach the extremities, and a numbing or tingling sensation may occur. Some people begin to have memory loss and may cause serious consequences. Common telltale signs you may have poor circulation consists of cold feet, cramps, and joint pain. In addition to becoming fatigued, someone with poor circulation may be concerned with digestive issues. Existing conditions and habits such as obesity, smoking, and drinking excess alcohol may contribute to having poor circulation, and a lifestyle change is often considered. People who are diabetic may be prone to poor circulation, possibly as a result of high glucose levels that may cause damaged blood vessels. If your feet are generally cold, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward treatment of poor circulation.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact the podiatrists of Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Issaquah, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Even though our feet carry us throughout the day, they are often neglected when it comes to hygiene. Experts agree that many diseases and foot conditions can be prevented if you take care of your feet. Recommendations include doing simple tasks, like washing and drying the feet daily, keeping toenails trimmed straight across and not cut too short, and changing your socks each day. It is also recommended that shoes fit properly and be alternated to give them a chance to air out and help ward off bacterial infections. Of utmost importance to warding off infections is careful and frequent monitoring of cuts, sores, and bruises on the feet and toes. Special attention should be placed on the soles of the feet, which are hard to see and often forgotten. Several conditions directly related to foot hygiene are fungal infections like athlete’s foot, nerve and blood flow problems caused by diabetes, and ingrown toenails. For more information on proper foot hygiene, please consult a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact the podiatrists from Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Issaquah, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 06 January 2023 00:00

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