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Health Tip: Preventing Ingrown Toenail

Posted 2 days 15 hours ago by

-- An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin, causing pain and sometimes an infection. To avoid the problem, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Trimming toenails straight across. Avoiding tight shoes that squeeze the toes. Protecting feet from injury. Using nail clippers to trim the nails, and using a nail file to gently smooth sharp edges. Never rip a nail with your fingers. Keeping nails trimmed to the tips of the toes. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Foot Care, Nail Dystrophy

Health Tip: Avoid Tight Shoes

Posted 6 days ago by

-- Fashion can be stylish without being uncomfortable. Shoes that are too tight can actually injure your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association says tight shoes can lead to development of: A bunion. Corns. A hammer toe, in which the middle toe joint curls. Crossover toe, in which the second or third toe crosses over the next toe. An ingrown toenail. Sores, especially among people with diabetes who have foot nerve damage. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Foot Care

Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Warts

Posted 10 days ago by

-- Warts are small bumps, caused by a virus, that are highly contagious. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to reduce your risk of developing warts on the feet: Don't walk around barefoot. Each day, wear a clean pair of socks and alternate your shoes. Wash feet regularly, and dry them thoroughly. Regularly inspect children's feet. If someone else has warts, avoid direct contact with their skin. Let your doctor know about warts, growths or other changes in your skin. Read more

Related support groups: Warts, Foot Care

Health Tip: Sandals May Cause Foot Problems

Posted 3 May 2017 by

-- Sandals may be fun and fashionable during warmer weather, but your feet may pay the price. The American Podiatric Medical Association mentions these potential injuries from different sandals: Sprained or twisted ankles from wedges or espadrilles. Bunions and hammertoes from peep toe sandals. Poor support, heel pain and arch pain from flats and slides. Injuries to the ankle and pain in the ball of the foot from high heels or platforms. Calluses, poor support and irritation between the toes from strappy or lace-up sandals. Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care

Health Tip: Dealing With Foot Arthritis

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by

-- Just about everyone has occasional foot pain, but persistent symptoms may signal foot arthritis. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests seeing a doctor about: Having swelling that affects one or more joints. Having ongoing tenderness or pain in a joint. Having a joint that feels hot or is red. Being unable to move a joint. Having a growth, rash or other changes in the skin. Read more

Related support groups: Osteoarthritis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Think You Fractured Your Foot?

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by

-- If you believe you've fractured a bone in your foot, it's important to see a doctor as quickly as possible. If there's time before your office visit, here are suggestions to follow, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Place an ice pack on the foot to minimize swelling. Keep your foot elevated. Avoid putting too much weight on your foot. Use a soft compression bandage to gently wrap the foot. Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Foot Care

Health Tip: Recognize a Foot Neuroma

Posted 14 Mar 2017 by

-- A neuroma is a non-cancerous, thickened nerve between the toes. The American Podiatric Medical Association says possible symptoms include: Pain between the toes or in the forefoot. Pain, a tingling sensation or numbness affecting the ball of the foot. Swelling between the toes. Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care

Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoe for a Hammer Toe

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by

-- A hammer toe means the toe is pointed permanently downward, a painful deformity that typically stems from a shoe that's too tight. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: Choose a shoe with a soft toe box with plenty of wiggle room. Make sure the shoe is at least 1/2 inch longer than your longest toe. Select a shoe that's not too tight or narrow, and does not have a high heel. Avoid sandals. If you do develop a hammer toe, have the shoe stretched professionally to accommodate the condition. Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care

Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by

-- Children need carefully-fitted, sturdy shoes to support their growing feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these shoe-shopping tips: A child's feet typically grow quickly, so sizes may change every few months. Always measure your child's feet before buying a pair of shoes. Shoes that don't fit well can lead to discomfort and irritation. Check for these and signs of uneven wear, which could need a podiatrist's care. Avoid secondhand shoes, which may not fit well and could spread fungal infection. When it comes to shoes, there's no such thing as a necessary break-in period. Make sure shoes are comfortable from the start. If your child's feet are different sizes, buy the size the fits the larger foot. Read more

Related support groups: Tinea Corporis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis, Onychomycosis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Infections

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by

-- Skin infections are common in athletes, often triggered by sweaty equipment that rubs against skin. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these prevention tips: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Or use a hand sanitizer. Take a shower as soon as possible after practice or a game. After each use, wash and thoroughly dry your uniform. Never share personal items, such as razors, towels, lotions or soaps with others. Use a towel to protect your skin from equipment that is shared with others, including sauna and weight benches. Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Candida Infections, Foot Care

Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics

Posted 13 Jan 2017 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns. "When it comes to your feet, rain, snow and slushy weather have something in common: they cause dampness. Moisture that collects between your socks and your feet and toes can form bacteria, which can lead to an infection," said Dr. Michael Ambroziak, a Michigan-based foot and ankle surgeon. "Patients with diabetes should change out of wet or damp socks, and towel dry their feet as soon as possible, remembering to pay close attention to the area between their toes," he advised in a news release from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. People with diabetes also need to moisturize their feet daily to prevent their skin from itching or cracking. But avoid areas ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Biafine, Skin Care, Aquaphor, Aveeno, Hylatopic, Complex-15, Lubriderm, Cetaphil Cleanser, Eucerin, CeraVe, Concept, Replens, EpiCeram, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Bag Balm

Protecting Ankles, Feet From Winter's Assaults

Posted 12 Jan 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – From broken bones to frostbite, you're at extra risk for foot and ankle injuries during winter. But you can protect yourself, according to a surgeon who specializes in podiatry. "During the winter months, patients should take extra precaution to keep their feet warm and dry when navigating frigid temps, especially patients who have existing health conditions," said Dr. Greg Catalano, a Massachusetts-based foot and ankle surgeon. The first step is to wear proper footwear, he said. "Whether caused by wearing high heels on icy surfaces or just sheer accident, falls are one of the most common causes of weather-related injuries. Oftentime, wintertime falls result in an ankle sprain, or worse, a broken bone in the foot, ankle, heel or toe. I encourage patients to wear low-heeled shoes or boots with a traction sole to help prevent slipping," Catalano said. ... Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care, Prevention of Falls, Prevention of Fractures

Health Tip: Caring for Psoriasis on Your Feet

Posted 4 Jan 2017 by

-- Psoriasis causes red, scaly, itchy plaques on the skin, including the feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these ways to soothe it: Moisturize your feet regularly. Choose a moisturizer that's hypoallergenic and non-irritating. Soak feet in an oatmeal bath. Ask your doctor about special light therapy. Avoid psoriasis triggers, such as alcohol and exposure to dry air. See a podiatrist if your foot psoriasis doesn't improve. Read more

Related support groups: Psoriasis, Plaque Psoriasis, Dovonex, Tazorac, Taclonex, Oxsoralen, Calcipotriene, Tazarotene, Resorcinol, Anthralin, Enstilar, Vectical, Foot Care, Avage, Taclonex Scalp, Dritho-Scalp, Psoriatec, Drithocreme, A-Fil, Psoriatic Arthropathy

Health Tip: What's Behind My Foot Arthritis?

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by

-- The stiffness and pain that accompany arthritis are particularly noticable when they affect the feet. Here are possible reasons behind foot arthritis, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association: Foot injuries, particularly if they were not treated properly. Viral or bacterial infections that affect the joints. Inflammatory bowel disease. Prescribed medications or use of illegal drugs. An autoimmune disease. Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Foot Care, Felty's Syndrome

Cushioned Shoe Inserts Won't Guard Against Injury: Review

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – The millions who run, walk or play sports may think shoe inserts that cushion the foot can help prevent injuries. But a new review challenges that notion. Only orthotics, which are actually molded to a person's foot, seem to be able to do that job, Australian researchers reported. "There appears to be little merit in using shock-absorbing insoles for the prevention of injury, while there is some evidence that foot [orthotics] are effective for the prevention of some injuries like stress fractures and shin pain," said review author Daniel Bonanno. He is a lecturer in podiatry in the College of Science, Health, and Engineering at La Trobe University in Melbourne. However, Bonanno noted that the studies the researchers evaluated weren't done well, so whether cushioned inserts are worthless is still an open question. "Given that the majority of studies included in ... Read more

Related support groups: Fracture, bone, Foot Care, Prevention of Fractures

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