Posts for tag: Dr. Joseph Menn
You ask a lot from your feet every day. They are arguably the most abused part of the body as they must support our weight and move us from place to place while walking, running, or jogging. Some people never find time to pamper their feet with skin treatments or foot massages due to a busy schedule. However, a few minutes a day is all it takes to feel lighter and move easier. These suggestions are easily done while at the office or relaxing on the couch.
Elevate your heels through the balls of your feet. Stay in this position for 10 seconds then relax. Rise again and hold for another 10 seconds. 10 reps of this cycle will increase your calf muscles and help reduce cramping and fatigue.
Help your toes relax by placing a golf or tennis ball beneath your foot. Now make it roll using the bottom of your foot. Apply different amounts of pressure to relieve tensions in different areas. This exercise is great for reducing inflammation and increasing circulation.
This exercise can be completed by raising one foot then point it downwards as if trying to touch the floor and then relax and bring it back to the normal position. Hold this exercise for 32 seconds to stretch smaller muscles that are located at the base of your feet. This exercise will help boost blood circulation and reduce pressure and foot pain.
Place toe separators or cotton balls between each toe. Then squeeze your toes while gently massaging your foot. Hold the squeeze for 10 seconds then release. Repeat 10 times. This exercise offers the best workout for the ligaments that support your toes and helps reduce deformities.
Soaking your feet in lukewarm water helps increase circulation and sooth the skin. Try adding sea or Epsom salt to increase the bath’s comfort. Be sure to test the water with your hand to make sure the temperature is appropriate for a safe soak.
Many people experience frustration with “ugly” toenails. When over-the-counter products, and home remedies fail, it is easy to wonder if anything will help. The first step to improving toenails is to understand a little more about them.
Nails are thickened extensions of the top layer of our skin. They are made of the same tough protein, keratin that is found in other places of the body. Nails grow from a root below the skin called the matrix. The area just beneath the nail is called the nail bed. Here, blood vessels to nurture and nerves to feel the nail are found. The purpose of a toenail is to protect the tip of the toe. In completing this task, toenails are subject to a great deal of stress such as hitting the front of shoes, stubbing the toe, or constantly being surrounded by bacteria and fungus.
Toenail fungus is a very common infection of the nail bed. It shows up as a white, brown, or yellow discoloration of the nail with eventual thickening and lifting. Typically, it is caused by the same type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot and is difficult to treat because of its location under the nail. The best treatment options are medications prescribed by podiatrists. These doctors can offer the strongest and most recent medications to cure this infection.
An ingrown toenailis another common problem. For most people it occurs when the big toe’s nail edge grows into the skin. This causes pain along the edge of the nail and sometimes redness, swelling, and discharge from infection. If your nail is infected it is important to visit a podiatrist to remove the harmful aspect of the nail and treat the infection.
Injuries to toenails happen in a variety of ways. Dropping an object on your toe, stubbing your toe, or constantly hitting your toe on the front of your shoe are all ways nails can become injured. Symptoms of toenail trauma include blood and bruising beneath the toenail, thickening, or nail loss. After experiencing pain, redness, or swell for a few days in your toe, it is time to visit a podiatrist. They will treat your injury and inspect for any broken bones as well as prevent infection.
Have you noticed a bluish or black color to your toes? Has this color been gradually increasing as you get older? Changes in skin color can be a sign of your overall health and aging process. Some changes are expected with aging but those who suffer from diabetes or peripheral vascular disease should pay special attention to the color of their skin.
As people age, their arteries and veins may not work as well as they once did. This is due to the normal aging process and can be accelerated by other health complications. Poor blow flow is the leading factor to changes in skin color. One cause of poor circulation is blocked arteries. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart out to the body. Over time arteries can become slowly clogged by plaque or if very rapidly when a large piece of plaque breaks off and blocks a smaller artery. Veins are the other part of blood circulation. These blood vessels return used blood from the body to the heart. People who suffer from poor veins may experience swelling or varicose veins. As this blood pools in your feet, normal parts of the blood called heme can cause a dusky black discoloration.
If you are noticing a dark color to your skin, it is important to visit your doctor right away. This skin’s discoloration is a serious concern and if not treated early can become a serious problem. A podiatrist is specially trained to help determine the cause of the color change. Blood flow studies may be needed to determine the cause of poor circulation and if any blood vessels are blocked. Depending on the state of your blood supply, vascular doctors may be added to your health care team. The podiatrists at Coastal Podiatry Associates are happy to see you and help treat your feet for any problems including discoloration.
By Joseph Menn
Bunions form when there is a structural problem within the foot causing a prominence at the base of the big toe. Since this is a boney problem, correction commonly requires surgery. Typically, the surgery involves more than just shaving off the bump. The majority of surgeries require a realignment of the bones and six to eight weeks of recovery. Some people deal with their bunion pain because they are scared or heard horror stories about surgery. Bunion surgery is a same day surgery and will have you back on your feet in no time. Below are some common myths.
Bunion Surgery is Extremely Painful
Bunion Surgery is not particularly worse than other surgeries. Foot surgery can lead to increased post-operative pain due to two things. The foot is below the level of the heart and blood can more easily pool causing increased swelling and pain. Also, the foot doesn’t have as much tissue surrounding the bones which can aggravate the nerves and cause pressure when swollen. Adhering to post surgery instructions of rest and elevation can reduce these problems.
Cast and Crutches always come with Bunion Surgery
Today’s techniques have allowed surgeons to mobilize patients earlier than ever before. A surgical shoe or boot allows patients increased comfort while still providing the benefits of a cast. However, crutches are routinely used for the first few weeks to allow the skin and soft tissue to heal.
You will Have to Take Time Off Work
This is determined by the demands of your workplace. A person with a desk job will be able to return much quicker than someone on their feet all day. The length of time away from work varies also based on the type of procedure completed.
Don’t Fix a Bunion Unless it’s Painful
It is a good idea to fix a bunion when it interferes with daily activity, continues to grow, or prevents normal shoes from being worn. Surgery may also be suggested to save the big toe joint or other parts of the foot from arthritis.
Bunion Surgery Results in Terrible Scars
Unfortunately, incisions are a part of every bunion surgery. Based on the type and location of procedure determines the incision used. Some procedures result in small incisions. Also, a surgeon may perform a plastic surgery-type closure to reduce scaring.
Bunions Come Back after Surgery
Unfortunately, reoccurrence is possible with any surgery. Some people have excessive motion in their foot which can cause the bunion to return. Other times, the procedure was picked for cosmetics or temporarily relief. The surgeons at Coastal Podiatry Associates are trained in a variety of bunion surgeries to best prevent, manage, and correct any bunion.
If you or someone you know is experiencing pain in their feet, the doctors at Coastal Podiatry Associates are available to help. The doctors have received extensive training in all aspects of the foot and can help you return to normal activity. To determine the best course of treatment contact any one of four offices at 843-449-FOOT (3668) or visit our website at www.coastalpodiatry.com.