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Thursday, 27 July 2023 00:00

Treat Your Feet to a Medical Pedicure

A medical pedicure is a specialized foot care treatment that combines traditional pedicure techniques with medical expertise to address various foot conditions. These treatments can help improve foot health, reduce pain, prevent infections, and promote relaxation.

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

Understanding and Managing Pincer Nails

Pincer nails occur when the nail plate excessively curves, pinching the surrounding skin. They are also known as trumpet nails and are the most painful type of ingrown toenail. Unlike classic ingrown toenails, which affect one side of the big toe, pincer nails can develop on any toenail and roll into the skin on both sides of the nail plate. This condition causes discomfort and can feel like a splinter or glass as the nail digs into the skin. If left untreated, it can lead to redness, tenderness, inflammation, and even infection. Pincer nails can be caused by genetics, tight shoes, and improper toenail cutting. The elderly and pregnant women are more prone to this issue. Relief can be achieved by straightening the toenail, and in some cases, surgery may be necessary. If you are experiencing pincer nails, it is strongly suggested that you seek treatment from a podiatrist.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Katie Besselman, DPM of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor 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 our office located in Saint Peters, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Sources of Heel Pain

People who have heel pain may notice it is worse after awakening in the morning. A common reason people have heel pain can come from a condition that is called plantar fasciitis. It happens when the plantar fascia, which connects the heel to the toes on the sole of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. A heel spur can also be a source of heel pain, and is defined as a bony growth that develops on the underside of the heel. Both conditions can be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or if weight has gradually been gained. There are specific stretches that may help to relieve heel pain. A calf stretch can be effective in accomplishing this and is done by standing on a step and lowering one heel until a gentle stretch is felt. This can be done on both feet, repeated several times. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are best for you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Katie Besselman, DPM of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Saint Peters, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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People who enjoy running are all too familiar with the fear of incurring a running injury. The majority of running injuries can be prevented when simple strategies are implemented. These are the same techniques for all runners, ranging from weekend warriors to people who run several marathons. Research has shown that stretching is an important factor which may help to prevent running injuries. The hip flexor and quad stretch is done by kneeling on one knee on a mat while pulling the tailbone inward, and pushing the hips forward. This stretch will be felt in front of the hip. For people who prefer a deeper stretch, the ankle can be grabbed, and brought close to the glutes. A calf stretch is effective in exercising the heel and sole of the foot. This is performed by standing on a step while lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. There are additional stretching techniques that can be done which can protect the feet while running. If you would like more information about how to perform these, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Katie Besselman, DPM of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Saint Peters, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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