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Reisterstown | Columbia

September 2020

Monday, 28 September 2020 00:00

Why Do I Have an Ingrown Toenail?

If you’ve noticed your toenail has grown into the surrounding skin of your nail, it’s very possible that you may be dealing with an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails can be uncomfortable and often painful if left untreated. You may be wondering how did this happen? There are a few reasons why an ingrown toenail may develop. Common causes may include trauma to the affected toenail, such as stubbing the toe, wearing shoes that are too tight, cutting your toenails too short, and cutting your toenails on an angle. To ensure that an infection does not develop, please seek the care of a podiatrist to help you with treatment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 21 September 2020 00:00

Prevention Techniques for Avoiding Falls

Falling can be a scary experience for those affected and may often lead to injury involving the feet and ankles. Elderly patients are more commonly affected by falling because their muscles have weakened over time. To help prevent falls, there are a few techniques you can begin to follow. Making sure your living environment is well lit, your floors are clear of any clutter, and that you have grab bars installed in your bathroom and shower, are all useful steps in preventing falls. For more advice on what preventive actions are best suited for you, please speak with a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

What are the Symptoms of Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is a contagious fungal infection, and can spread from wearing an infected person’s shoes or socks, and possibly from sharing towels. Toenail fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, such as public swimming pools, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. Common symptoms that are often associated with toenail fungus can include the affected nail becoming yellow, thick, and brittle. In severe cases, the nail may lift off of the nail bed, and a new nail will gradually grow underneath it. If you see the beginning stages of toenail fungus, please speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible so that the proper treatment can begin.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Is My Toe Pain Being Caused by Gout?

Gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis that can cause swelling and stiffness in the joints, most commonly affecting the big toe. A common symptom of gout may include sudden flare ups, where the joints of the big toe begin to experience a throbbing, crushing pain. If your joints appear swollen or inflamed, and the skin of the affected area is warm and appears red or purplish, you may be experiencing symptoms of gout as well. Symptoms of gout can generally be managed by certain lifestyle changes as well as medication, however getting this condition diagnosed can sometimes be difficult. If you’re experiencing joint pain, particularly in your big toe, please seek the professional care of a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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