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Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Ingrown toenails are common and seem to randomly appear, but there are triggers that cause this uncomfortable condition. Wearing the wrong shoes is one of the triggers that may cause ingrown toenails. Shoes that are too tight around the toe area put pressure on the front of your foot and push your toes inward. High heels are a prime example of narrow-toed shoes that can cause foot complications. Running or similar physical activities also put you at a higher risk for ingrown toenails, because there is repetitive pressure being applied to the toenail. Wearing the right shoes while participating in these activities will lessen the likelihood of an ingrown nail. Shoes with a wide toe box paired with socks that don’t constrict the foot are the best option for physical activities. If you have an ingrown toenail and are concerned about it, then it is recommended you speak with a podiatrist to properly treat it.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng of Elite Foot & Ankle. 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 North Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Research has shown the condition that is referred to as gout may be a result of advanced kidney disease. It is a form of arthritis, and a flare-up may cause severe pain and discomfort. This ailment is typically associated with several symptoms, which may include pain, discomfort, and swelling on the side of the big toe. There are different forms of gout, which are classified as acute and chronic. The former type may affect a few joints in the toe, and symptoms will generally disappear when the attack is over. Chronic gout is characterized by having multiple attacks per year, and this may lead to permanent joint damage and deformity. It is advised to refrain from ingesting specific types of foods if you are prone to gout attacks, which may include foods that have high levels of purines such as shellfish, excess alcohol, and red meat. There are certain foods that may lower the uric acid levels in the blood, including fruits and vegetables that have elevated vitamin C levels. If you are afflicted with gout, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng from Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in North Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Routinely going for runs offers an abundance of health benefits, but there are also some health risks to watch out for, especially regarding feet. One of the common ailments associated with running is stress fractures. Running results in repetitive pressure being applied to your foot, which can create a small break in the bone. This small break is called a stress fracture. Sadly, sometimes this fracture may not become apparent to the runner immediately and they could be put in a situation where they cause more damage. There could be a feeling of slight discomfort, but the fracture may not be obvious at first. Running on a stress fracture could result in a full-on fracture or full break, so paying attention to what your foot is feeling is important. If you feel that you may have a stress fracture or simply want more information in order to avoid getting one in the future, then it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng from Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Specific foot conditions that are known as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs may be a result of shortened muscles in the lower legs and feet. Moderate relief may be obtained when these muscles are lengthened, and this may be accomplished by properly stretching the feet. An effective stretch for the plantar fascia consists of lowering your heel while standing on a step until a desired stretch is felt. Maximum results may be achieved by alternating feet and repeated several times per day. The towel stretch is an effective method in stretching this band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. A satisfying stretch may be achieved while sitting on the floor, wrapping a towel around the sole of the foot, while pulling inward. Hold this position for several seconds and repeat on the other foot. If you would like additional information about the importance of stretching your feet, please speak with a podiatrist who can recommend beneficial exercises.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Kellvan Cheng from Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in North Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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