When to See a Podiatrist

4 Things You Need To Know About Paronychia

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things You Need To Know About Paronychia

Paronychia is an infection of the skin and soft tissues around your toenails. Here are four things you need to know about this infection. What are the signs of paronychia? If you have paronychia, you may notice some or all of these symptoms: Red skin around your nail; Sore, swollen skin around your nail; Pus or other fluids oozing out from underneath your nail; Changes in the appearance of your nail, such as thickening or discoloration. If you notice any of these changes, make sure to bring them to your podiatrist’s attention right away. What causes it? Paronychia occurs when bacteria or fungi get underneath the edge of your nail, where your nail fold and nail plate meet. This can happen if you get a cut or scrape in the area, but exposure to moisture may also play a role. For example, wearing shoes that don’t allow your feet to breathe or not changing your socks when they get wet may play a role in the development of this infection. How serious is this infection? One concern with this infection is that it has the potential to become chronic. The inflammation associated with the infection can pull your nail away from your skin and allow bacteria and fungi easier entry in the future. This may start a cycle of repetitive infections in the area. If the infection is left untreated, it can progress into a more serious infection. The infection may spread into your bones (osteomyelitis) or into your tendons (tenosynovitis). These infections are serious, but as long as you get prompt treatment, these problems can be avoided. Another concern is that some patients feel distressed by the appearance of their infected nail. The infection can lead to ridges or discoloration of the nail, and in some cases, the nail falls off. Studies have indicated that patients are generally more concerned with the appearance of the nail than the infection itself. How do podiatrists treat it? Your podiatrist will instruct you to avoid irritants that could make your infection worse. For example, if your shoes don’t let your feet breathe, your podiatrist may recommend a more appropriate shoe. You may also be given a prescription for a medicated cream. This cream may contain antibiotics, antifungals, or anti-inflammatories, depending on the cause of your paronychia. If the skin around your toenails is red and swollen, you may have paronychia and should consider looking into local specialists and options, such as Orvitz Podiatry Clinic foot...

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Kickboxing Injuries: 3 Injuries That May Occur To The Supporting Foot

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Martial arts is very popular today, but it is very different from mainstream athletics. The injuries that can occur are much more diverse because of the techniques involved in the activity. In kickboxing, you would think that primary injuries would occur in the foot and leg that you are using to strike and kick. While kickboxers may suffer from fractures, dislocated joints and hematomas in their kicking leg, there are also significant injuries that can occur in the supporting foot and leg. Here are three common injuries that your supporting foot can endure during kickboxing activities: Plantar Fasciitis This type of injury is common during kickboxing training because of the way the supporting foot and leg moves when you kick. The supporting foot needs to be elevated when you use the other leg and foot to kick and strike. It is also constantly pivoting. Significant strain is placed on the fascia because of the repetitive moves when the kick is starting and concluding. According to Healthline, this strain results in excessive inflammation of plantar fascia, which results in stiffness and pain. When this particular type of injury occurs in kickboxing, the pain will primarily be at bottom and inside of the heel. If this injury is ignored, the pain can become chronic. It may eventually alter the way that you walk while also increasing risk of injury to the back, legs, hips and knees. If the plantar fascia detaches, it can cause serious nerves damage.  Achilles Tendonitis The Achilles tendon is crucial when executing a kick. It sustains a lot of strain and there is the possibility that the Achilles tendon can undergo excessive use. This overuse can cause a serious injury to the Achilles tendon. An injury to this particular tendon generally consists of a tear or a rupture. The primary pain will occur just above the heel and along the back of the foot.  If a rupture occurs, the pain will likely be severe and abrupt. Seasmoiditis In the ball of your foot, there are two small bones known as the sesamoid bones. During kickboxing, these bones sustain significant strain that can cause irritation, inflammation and pain underneath and behind the big toe. This particular type of injury is caused by overuse and occurs in the supporting foot. It is possible for these bones to suffer a stress fracture because of the repeated and heavy movements that take place in kickboxing. Most people will experience significant pain around the big toe. Some may even experience numbness in the big toe and second toe.  Although preventative measures can be taken in order to reduce and usually prevent the onset of injuries, the truth remains that an injury can still occur. This is true during any form of physical activity, including martial arts. When an injury does occur, it is crucial that you speak to a foot specialist and undergo treatment for the injury, which may include anything from heat or ice therapy to orthotic devices. In addition, a podiatrist can help kickboxers prevent injuries by educating them on special stretches and techniques that work to strengthen bones, muscles, tendons and joints. Talk to experts like Dr. Russell Newsom for more...

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