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Posts for: August, 2013

Stephen QuinnFootballer Stephen Quinn wishes to participate in Hull City’s premier league opener after undergoing surgery to remove an ingrown toenail.

“I had an ingrown toenail and had it out during the summer. I thought after three or four weeks off it was okay but when I started against Ferriby I felt it. I had to come back from Portugal it was so painful. It felt like a razor blade in my toe.” Quinn said regarding the ingrown toenail.

Fortunately, the footballer was able to recover quite quickly. “It was a setback but I didn’t miss too many days. I was still doing some running and biking. I kept up the fitness so I feel good.” Quinn said.

If you are suffering from severe pain due to an ingrown toenail, you should seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can assess your condition and provide you with the right treatment and care for your feet.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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High Heel Foot ProblemsWe know the benefits of high heels. They make you taller and are usually the center of foot-related fashion for women. However according to writer Karen Appold of Lehigh Valley, PA, could these benefits be merely superficial?

According to Appold, high heels affect your body’s gravity and alignment impacting back and posture support. High heels can also place your foot and ankle to turn in an outward position, causing injury. Another reason according to Appold is that the back’s normal s-curve acts as a shock absorber, causing stress to be minimized on the vertebrae. High heel usage causes low-back spine flattening and displacement from the head and spine.

Wearing high heels can cause discomfort or difficulty in standing or walking, if you have concerns over the usage of high heels you should seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can provide you with more information on alternative footwear as well as further details on foot and ankle pain you may be experiencing from heels.

Wearing High Heels and How it Affects Feet

High heels affect what parts of the body?

· Joints in the Ankle
· Balls of the Feet
· Achilles Tendon
· Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
· Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What problems can arise from long term use of high heels?

· Calluses
· Corns
· Morton’s Neuroma
· Plantar Fasciitis
· Bunions
· Hammertoe

For more information on maintaining proper foot health while wearing high heels, visit our link at the bottom.

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Mud flies off a competitor's shoes as he runs out of an obstacle during the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont July 15, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica RinaldiThe ways in which your feet move during running has always been a factor in the types of running shoes made. According to Dorene Internicola of Reuters, the ways in which the foot rolls is a good practice among health and therapeutic professionals to see what type of running shoe is good for them.

At Jack Rabbit Sports store in New York City, clients’ arches are observed before they hit the treadmill and monitored for pronating.  "The basic premise is that most people land on their heel (and) overpronate or underpronate," said Johanna Bjorken, the store's merchandise director. "These causes running injuries and shoes can address this. This has been the model."

When beginning a new exercise regimen, such as running, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali will not only provide you with recommendations for the appropriate footwear to use while running, but can also treat and care for all your foot injuries.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

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If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Plantar WartPlantar warts can affect many people, especially those who wear popular summertime shoes that expose and air their feet. While Plantar warts do not provide any serious health concerns according to Mark Kaufmann, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, there are still preventive methods and treatments for those who wish to remove them. Kaufmann recommends using duct tape and/or salicylic acid-based products. Even though these methods may work, Kaufmann highly advises all patients to consult their doctor before trying any therapies.     

Plantar warts can be painful and burdensome. If you are experiencing plantar warts you might want to speak with a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can evaluate your condition and provide you with the right treatment for your feet.

All about Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are warts that are only found on the feet, hence the term plantar, which means “relating to the foot.” They are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and occur when this gets into open wounds on the feet. The warts themselves are hard bumps on the foot and easily recognizable, mostly found on the heels or ball of the foot. For the most part, plantar warts are harmless, but they can cause some pain, discomfort, and are often unsightly, so removing them is often the first step taken.

Plantar warts can cause some pain while standing, sometimes felt as tenderness on the sole of your foot. Unless the wart has grown into the foot behind a callus, you will be able to see the fleshy wart. Because plantar warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist should only be consulted if there is an excess amount of pain associated with getting them, if they are affecting your walking, or if they continually come back. However, anyone who suffers from diabetes or a compromised immune system disease should seek out care immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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