Don’t let ingrown toenails cause you pain. Find out what you can do to stop them.
Ingrown toenails are a painful problem that results when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin. People with diabetes or circulation disorders must pay particular attention to changes in their feet such as ingrown toenails, as untreated problems can lead to more serious complications. Our Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, podiatrist Dr. William Sachs wants to make sure that you get the care you need when an ingrown toenail occurs.
How is an ingrown toenail treated?
If your ingrown toenail is mild then at-home care may be all you need to manage your symptoms until the problem resolves itself. These treatment options include:
- Wearing roomy, properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the toenail
- Soaking your feet in warm water to ease swelling and discomfort
- Placing a piece of cotton under the nail to lift it away from the skin
If an infection occurs then a foot doctor will need to examine your feet and may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. If an ingrown toenail doesn’t respond to at-home care or returns then minor in-office surgery may be recommended to remove part of or the entire nail.
Is there a way to prevent an ingrown toenail?
There are several things you can do to protect your feet from ingrown toenails. Making sure you trim your nails properly will go a long way to reducing your risk. Nails that are curved at the edges or are too short are prone to ingrown toenails. Trim nails to align with the tips of the toes (no shorter) and make sure to trim the nails straight across. If you have trouble trimming your own nails your foot doctor can easily do it for you.
Other ways to protect your feet from ingrown toenails is to:
- Wear shoes that allow your feet room to wiggle and move around
- Wear protective footwear when running and playing sports to reduce your risk for traumatic injuries to the toes and feet that can lead to an ingrown toenail
When should I see a podiatrist about my ingrown toenail?
As we mentioned earlier, anyone dealing with diabetes or a weakened immune system should visit a foot doctor in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, right away to treat their ingrown toenail. If an ingrown toenail is left untreated it could lead to a serious infection that could cause further complications. If you experience signs of infection (e.g. swelling; throbbing; redness; discharge) it’s important that you see a doctor immediately.
If you are dealing with a serious ingrown toenail or recurring infection it’s important to find out what’s going on. Our office in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ, will be able to provide you with the care you need. Call Adult & Child Footcare today. Call (732) 255-7070 to schedule an appointment in Toms River, or (732) 389-2555 to schedule your appointment in Shrewsbury.
Your podiatrist in Tom’s River, NJ, can help with bunion pain
Does your foot hurt? Do you have a large, bony bump next to your big toe? If you answered yes to these questions, you could have a bunion! Luckily, your local podiatrist can help you get relief from bunion pain. With two convenient office locations in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, Dr. William A. Sachs of Adult & Child Footcare offers a full range of podiatry services, including treatment for bunions. Read on to learn how he can help you and your feet feel better!
More about bunions
Women suffer most from bunion pain. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half of the women in this country have suffered from bunion pain at some point. This is largely because women tend to wear more shoes that are too narrow, and high heels only add to the problem by pushing the toes forward.
The end result is that the toes are crushed together, often with the big toe joint being especially pushed outward. The friction of your toe pressing against the inside of your shoe then causes chronic irritation, inflammation, and eventually, distortion of the bones in your toe.
Prevention can go a long way when it comes to bunions. Always wear shoes that have enough toe room and provide good support. It’s also important to always wear the right footwear for the activity or sport you are doing in order to properly protect your toes and feet.
You can practice a few home remedies to help with minor bunion pain, as well, including:
- Placing an ice pack on the bunion several times during the day
- Using inserts or pads inside your shoes to cushion the bunion
- Taping your foot to support the bunion while you walk
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
In the case of large, chronically painful bunions, you will require the help of your podiatrist. You will need a comprehensive examination of your feet and toes, including x-rays to determine the level of bone involvement in your bunion. After an examination, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Shaving the corns and calluses to reduce friction
- Stretching and physical therapy to increase flexibility
- Custom-fit orthotics, splints, or other devices to maintain alignment
- Surgical treatment to remove the bunion and realign your toe
Give us a call!
To find out more about bunion treatment, contact Adult & Child Footcare in Toms River or Shrewsbury, NJ! Call (732) 255-7070 to schedule an appointment in Toms River, or (732) 389-2555 to schedule your appointment in Shrewsbury.s
Though it sounds much more daunting than it is, toenail fungus can become a serious issue. Unfortunately, this condition is often stubborn and does not respond to over-the-counter treatments. Your podiatrists help is most likely needed. Learn more about toenail fungus, its symptoms, and how a podiatrist can help you with Dr. William Sachs at Adult and Child Foot Care in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ.
What causes toenail fungus?
Since fungi thrive in moist, warm environments, the toes make a perfect home. The fungi usually enter through tiny scrapes or cuts in the skin, before settling under the nail. Patients who are older, sweat heavily, have a history of athlete’s foot, frequent damp public places such as a locker room or public pool, or who have certain conditions such as psoriasis or diabetes are more susceptible to toenail fungus.
Do I have toenail fungus?
Contact our Toms River, NJ, or Shrewsbury, NJ office if you experience any abnormal symptoms. The symptoms of toenail fungus begin mildly as a small white dot, but advance into more obvious signs:
A small white dot on the nail
Whitish to brownish discoloration
Debris caught under the nail
Nail detached from the nail bed
Brittle or crumbling nail
Distorted nail shape
Toenail Fungus in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ.
Though there are many over-the-counter remedies for fungal infections, toenail fungus is often stubborn and hard to treat without help from your doctor. A podiatrist specializes in diagnosing and treating foot-related conditions. They can treat your toenail fungus to get rid of it once and for all. Some patients with a mild form of toenail fungus may need simple treatments, such as medicated nail lacquer or ointments. However, more advanced cases may require stronger oral medications or a procedure to remove part of or all of the nail.
For more information on toenail fungus, please contact Dr. William Sachs at Adult and Child Foot Care in Toms River, NJ, and Shrewsbury, NJ. Call (732) 255-7070 to schedule an appointment in Toms River or (732) 389-2555 to schedule your appointment in Shrewsbury today!
Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis?
Heel pain is a common issue for many of the patients we see. If you are dealing with pain that originates from the bottom of the heel, then you could be dealing with an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. Read below to learn more about this problem, how to handle it, and when to see our podiatrist, Dr. William Sachs, in either his Toms River or Shrewsbury office.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This condition refers to an inflammation in the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia, which runs from the heels to the toes. Overuse can lead to overstretching, inflammation, and microtears in the fascia, which can result in heel pain.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most obvious sign of this foot problem is pain at the bottom of the heel that gets worse when first standing or moving around. Pain is often worse after prolonged periods of sitting or when first waking up in the morning. The heel pain may dissipate as you move around, as movement helps to move and stretch the inflamed tissue.
When should I see a podiatrist?
It’s a good idea to visit either one of our podiatry offices in Toms River or Shrewsbury if,
- Pain is persistent
- Pain is accompanied by swelling and redness
- Pain limits your daily activities
- Pain gets worse
- Pain doesn’t respond to at-home care
How do you treat heel pain?
Heel pain often responds well to simple at-home care and rest. Resting is important for allowing the inflamed tissue ample time to heal. Avoid high-impact activities and rest your feet whenever possible.
If you are on the move, it’s a good idea to consider wearing custom orthotics or shoe inserts when walking around. Orthotics can provide additional cushioning and support when in shoes. Also, make sure that you are wearing shoes that provide enough support for your feet. Icing the heel and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help target inflammation and pain. Taping the arches of the feet can also reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the overworked or stressed muscles of the feet.
Need treatment? Give us a call!
If heel pain is making it difficult to get around or if you’ve never dealt with heel pain before, it's time to call Adult and Child Footcare to schedule a consultation with podiatrist Dr. William Sachs. We have offices in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, to serve you better!
Bunions cause discomfort and pain for many adults, often becoming inflamed and irritated throughout the day as they rub against the inside of your shoes. Simply standing or walking around can be uncomfortable when you have a bunion! The good news is that you don't have to suffer anymore—if you are struggling with bunions, we can help! At Adult & Child Footcare in both Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, Dr. William Sachs is your podiatrist for bunion treatment.
How Bunions Develop
Bunions develop when the joint of the big toe moves out of place, shifting toward the other toes. This, in turn, pushes the bone on the big toe side of the foot outward, forming a protrusion called a bunion. Since bunions protrude outward, they readily rub against the inside of the shoes, resulting in friction, inflammation, and irritation, which can cause significant pain and discomfort that grows progressively worse throughout the day.
Treatments for Bunions
There are several different ways that we treat bunions here at our Toms River and Shrewsbury offices. Some treatment methods work by cushioning the bunion to minimize friction when wearing footwear. Minimizing friction helps prevent inflammation and irritation of the bunion area, which can ultimately alleviate pain and discomfort. Other treatment methods involve realigning the toe joint, which can improve functionality. In more serious cases, a podiatrist can surgically remove the bunion. Some of the other methods for treating bunions at Adult & Child Footcare include:
- Wearing roomier footwear that fits properly
- Stabilizing the toe joint with orthotic shoe inserts
- Improving joint functionality with foot exercises
- Reducing friction with protective padding to cushion the foot
- Realigning the toe joint with a splint worn at night
- Surgically removing the bunion
Give Us a Call!
Help is available if you are struggling with bunions, as our podiatrists can recommend an effective treatment approach for providing relief from the pain and discomfort associated with the condition. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Sachs by calling Adult & Child Footcare: (732) 255-7070 for the Toms River office or call (732) 389-2555 for the Shrewsbury location.
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