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ingrown toenailWhen White Sox player Avisail Garcia had an ingrown toenail surgically removed recently, the team’s manager, Robin Ventura, had thought that he would need a day off to rest. But they don’t call Garcia a “monster” for nothing. The shortstop was back to play the very next day, and performed all of his duties without any major problems throughout the game.

Garcia’s batting average was .304 last season, and he also racked up 21 RBIs. “I want to be consistent and get better,’’ Garcia said. “Put up better numbers and help my teammates.”

For most people, ingrown toenails are a painful nuisance. If you need assistance with this or similar conditions, consult podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will explain the different types of care that are available for ingrown toenails and help you decide on the right one for you.

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
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail. You will probably have to stay off your feet for a day or so, but should be able to carry on normal activities quickly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Obese, overweightA new study conducted by scientists at the University of Auckland has found that males who are the oldest children in their families may be more at risk of becoming obese than their younger siblings. Researchers looked at sets of younger and older brothers between ages 35 and 55, and with BMIs of 25-30.

On average the elder brothers weighed over 200 pounds, compared to 185 pounds in the younger brothers. The scientists hypothesize these differences may be due to factors such as increased insulin sensitivity in firstborns or changes in prenatal blood flow.

Obesity can be the cause of many foot and ankle woes. To learn about the adverse effects of obesity on the feet, contact podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will examine your feet and determine if your weight has caused any complications.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

Of course, visiting a podiatrist can help you select a shoe that will provide comfort for your feet, even measuring you for special custom-made orthotic shoe-inserts if necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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Diabetic Foot CareDiabetics affected by neuropathy are very likely of getting infections or other foot conditions from pedicures, according to Dr. Christina L. Rowe. Because neuropathy often entails a loss or lack of sensation in the feet, you may not notice if your feet get burned or cut during the procedure.

Though professionals offer varying opinions, Rowe suggests opting out of pedicures altogether, or at least checking with the nail technician beforehand to ensure they utilize safe techniques. Rowe also recommends treating your feet at home with products made without harsh chemicals.

For diabetics, foot complications can much messier and harder to heal. If you want to know more about diabetic foot care, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can teach you about the effects diabetes can have on your feet and how to avoid painful conditions.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet. For diabetic patients, the risk of amputation and sepsis heightens if you do not seek medical treatment right away, especially involving the feet.

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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Heel PainBetween trekking around the mall and spending hours waiting in lines, your feet will probably take a beating this holiday shopping season.

Luckily Dr. Steve Roseberg, CEO/President of Foot Products Enterprises Inc., has provided solutions to protect your feet from Black Friday through the rest of the season.

On suggestion he has is to be aware of your arch, whether it is flat or pronounced, and wear shoes intended to offer good support for that foot type. If necessary, you can equip your footwear with insoles to make them more comfortable. Dr. Rosenberg recommends taking your shoes off when you get home for the day and soaking them in warm water.

Whether it’s the holiday season or any other time of year, you should pay attention to the health of your feet every day. With advice from a podiatrist such as Dr.Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle, you can learn all you need to know about protecting your feet from harm and avoiding injuries.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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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Proper Shoe SizeFor Lauren Smith, faith is paramount in her life. By tenets of her faith, Smith seeks to give back to her community by organizing the Walking By Faith Shoes Drive with her church for the past few months. Smith and fellow volunteers distributed flyers and received an overwhelming response, collecting about 500 pairs of shoes of donated shoes.

“It’s amazing how many people donated so far,” Smith said, “It’s shown that people are really generous and they want to serve the community too.” The drive’s giveaway was held on August 3 and has no expectations or guidelines for anyone attending, as Smith’s only hope is that those who come will find what they need. “We just want people to know that we’re here if they need us,” Smith said, “This isn’t for us, it’s for them.”

Wearing properly fitted shoes can serve to prevent injuries and adverse conditions to your legs and feet. Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle can help size your feet and provide recommendations on the best exercise footwear for your feet so they remain healthy and can provide care should you develop any foot problems.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people that wear shoes that are ill-fitting, which affects their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to selecting the right pair.

· When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot
· When measuring your foot with your shoe on, add 1-2 inches to the size
· Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes
· Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently
· Purchase shoes later in the day as your feet swell as the day progresses
· If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

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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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