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March 10, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Toenails  

While ingrown toenails are relatively common, particularly in the big toe, some cases produce excruciating pain and prove to be incredibly difficult to manage. An ingrown toenail develops when one side or corner of your toenail grows into the skin adjacent to it. This can result in swelling, pain, redness, tenderness, and even an infection. Fortunately, if you are feeling severe and/or radiating pain, you can turn to the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in both Mckinney and Prosper, TX. In these locations, one of our podiatrists can take care of your ingrown toenail and help you avoid further complications.

Can You Prevent Ingrown Toenails?

You can take the following steps to prevent the development of ingrown nails:

  • Always check your feet. This is especially vital if you’re a diabetic because the simplest foot issue could lead to extremely severe complications.
  • Always trim your toenails at a length that’s level with your toe tips. Trimming them too short could lead to pressure on your toes or shoes to cause the nail to grow into your skin.
  • Make sure that your footwear fits properly. Any footwear that pinches your toes or puts too much pressure on them could make your toenail grow into the surrounding skin tissue. In addition, if your feet suffer from nerve damage, you might not be able to feel if your footwear is too tight.

Should You See a Podiatrist for an Ingrown Toenail?

Visit either our McKinney or Prosper, TX, office if you:

  • Have redness or pus that’s spreading or are feeling extreme discomfort in your affected toe.
  • Have diabetes or some other medical disorder that causes improper blood flow, and you suspect you have an infection or a sore.

It’s also very crucial to note that if left undetected and untreated, a seemingly harmless ingrown toenail could harbor an infection that could spread to the underlying bone and develop into a more severe infection right in your bone. If you are diabetic, complications could be especially serious. For instance, a tiny foot injury like a scrape, cut, ingrown toenail, corn, or callus, might not heal properly and turn into a severe infection such as a foot ulcer, which may require surgery to prevent gangrene or tissue death and decay.

Want to Learn How to Properly Manage Your Ingrown Toenail?

Call (972) 542-2155 to book a visit with one of the podiatrists here at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Both our McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX, locations can be reached through this number.

March 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Toenails   Skin Conditions  

Your feet take you everywhere, but they can endure a lot of stress in the process. The impact of daily activities like walking and climbing stairs exposes your feet to constant pressure. Even standing for long periods at a time puts added stress on your feet. For everything your feet go through in a day, it is important to care for them. Caring for your feet daily will help keep them healthy, as well as prevent potential foot problems. Regular exams from your expert podiatrists Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Dustin Lloyd and Dr. Christopher Witt at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, in McKinney and Prosper, TX, can also keep your feet healthy.

Ways to Care for Your Feet

An important step to caring for your feet daily is wearing comfortable shoes that are the right fit. Good fitting shoes should provide adequate support for your feet without hurting them. Avoid wearing footwear that feels too tight or hurts your feet when worn. Additionally, flat footwear styles, such as flip flops and flats, might feel comfortable but provide little to no support for your arches. These styles should be avoided. Your McKinney or Prosper podiatrist can assess your feet and recommend the best types of footwear for you.

Other steps you can take to care for your feet daily include keeping the skin and toenails clean and dry. Doing so can help prevent athlete’s foot and other similar conditions. Keep the feet and nails clean by washing them daily. Be sure to dry them completely afterward so that the skin is no longer damp. For skin that tends to be dry, apply a moisturizer to the feet after washing and drying them. The toenails should also be trimmed regularly. Longer nails attract more dirt and germs. When trimming the nails, clip or cut them straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.

Another way to care for your feet is to keep the blood flowing. After sitting or standing for long periods of time, make a point to move the ankles and wiggle the toes. This will help keep the blood flowing. Putting your feet up when sitting is also helpful. If you develop pain in the feet or ankles, be sure to see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist can examine your feet for signs of injury and prescribe an appropriate treatment if needed.

Caring for your feet daily is an important aspect of keeping them healthy. There are many things you can do on your own, such as wearing comfortable footwear that fits properly, to take care of your feet. It is also important to see a podiatrist when you experience any pain or discomfort in your feet. To schedule a foot exam with an experienced podiatrist in McKinney or Prosper, TX, contact the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center at (972) 542-2155.