Sunday, 21 April 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

A surgical procedure aimed at relieving pain from bone spurs on the top of the big toe is called a cheilectomy. The pain is the result of arthritis that also causes stiffness in the big toe, termed hallux rigidus. Typically considered after non-surgical interventions, a cheilectomy involves the careful removal of bone spurs to alleviate discomfort and improve range of motion. Whether performed under general or local anesthesia, the procedure usually allows for a same-day operation. Following surgery, treatment often starts with gentle toe movements and stretching exercises to prevent stiffness. The recovery period typically spans six to eight weeks. While individual recovery time may vary, the primary goal of restoring function and alleviating pain are the focus. If you have persistent pain and limited mobility in your big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and personalized treatment plan, which may include surgery. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Podiatrists specialize in treating foot conditions, including the common yet painful issue of ingrown toenails. These occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing discomfort, redness, and even infection. When treating an ingrown toenail, a podiatrist may start with conservative treatments, such as properly trimming the nail, lifting it from the skin, and recommending appropriate footwear to alleviate pressure. In cases where the ingrown toenail is recurrent or severe, a podiatrist may perform a minor surgical procedure under local anesthesia to remove part of the nail. This professional intervention not only addresses the immediate pain and infection but can also prevent recurrence of ingrown nails in that area. Patients can usually return to their daily activities quickly and comfortably, with minimal risk of complications. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

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

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Children's foot and heel pain, or CFHP, encompasses a variety of conditions that can impact children’s ability to engage in activities and sports without discomfort. One common cause of CFHP is Sever's disease, a condition that results from inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. Sever’s disease is often seen in active children undergoing growth spurts. Additionally, flat feet or overpronation can strain the foot's muscles and ligaments, causing pain. Improper footwear, intense physical activity, and obesity may also contribute to the development of CFHP. Symptoms typically include pain in the foot or heel, particularly during or after physical activities, and might be accompanied by swelling or redness. Addressing CFHP involves a combination of rest, wearing appropriate footwear, and sometimes orthotic devices to support the foot's structure. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent chronic problems and ensure that children can participate in their favorite activities without pain. If your child is suffering with foot or heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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