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Posts for: August, 2017
What your podiatrist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wants you to know
An ingrown toenail can be annoying and painful. You may have trouble wearing shoes because of the pain and pressure. You can prevent ingrown toenails by following a few simple steps. If you do get an ingrown toenail, there are some excellent home remedies you can try. Dr. Matthew Hinderland, your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wants to share what you need to know about ingrown toenails.
People who have toenails that curve down naturally are at higher risk of ingrown toenails. You can also develop an ingrown toenail if you:
- Cut your toenails too short
- Injure your toes
- Have bad foot structure
- Wear shoes with a narrow toe area
You will know you have an ingrown toenail if:
- Your toe looks dark and swollen
- Your toe appears red
- Pus comes out under your toenail
- You have throbbing pain and pressure in your toe
Fortunately, you can do a lot to prevent ingrown toenails. Remember these simple tips:
- Cut your toenails straight across, don’t round the corners
- Don’t cut your toenails too short
- Wear comfortable shoes with plenty of toe room
If you do develop an ingrown toenail, try these simple tips at home:
- Soak your toe in warm water
- Cushion and bandage your toenail
If your ingrown toenail doesn’t heal with home remedies, it’s time to visit Dr. Hinderland. He may suggest:
- Lifting your toenail up from your skin
- Trimming your toenail
- Removing the toenail completely
You don’t need to suffer from an ingrown toenail when help is just a phone call away. Get some relief from throbbing ingrown toenail pain by calling Dr. Matthew Hinderland, your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Help your toes by calling today!
Ankle popping can be caused from several issues. Commonly, a portion of the anterior tibiofibular ligament can be injured in an ankle sprain and hypertrophy (or become thickened). This will cause the ligament to rub on the talar dome and sometimes cause the ankle to pop especially when the ankle is circumducted (or placed through a circular motion).
Another common causes of popping around the ankle is peroneal subluxation syndrome. This occurs if the extensor retinaculum is not holding the peroneal tendons in place. Patients are also prone to this when the groove that the peroneal tendons are supposed to glide in on the fibula is congenitally more convex than concave.
When these issues are painful and limiting patients activity, they can be helped either minimally invasively by arthroscopic debridement or by deepening the groove in the fibula and repairing the extensor retinaculum. If you are having popping in your ankles, call our foot and ankle surgeon today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you!
A very common question we get from patients is, "What types of shoes should I wear?" The answer is somewhat complicated. Shoes have classically been made in categories for 3 types of feet- over-pronator, neutral, and over-supinator. Your type of foot type then can drive what shoes you should wear. More recently, minimalist shoe gear and barefoot running have become more popular. Many patients are unsure if they should use minimalist shoes.
One of the primary reasons people use minimalist shoes is that they are trying to strengthen the intrinsic muscles in their feet. This can be a good idea for high-level athletes with a neutral foot structure. However, for most people, using footwear like this, especially when exercising, can lead to overuse injuries such as tendinitis and stress fractures. Many people we see can benefit from exercising in a neutral shoe with a custom orthotic to help prevent injury.
Another common mistake we see people make is using a custom orthotic in a non-neutral shoe. If you place a custom orthotic in a over-pronator or over-supinator shoe, you may be over correcting your foot and making yourself more prone to injury. If you have quesitons about your feet or ankles, please call our office at 719-488-4664 so we can help you!