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Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail curves and grows down into the skin on the sides of the nail. As the toenail digs into the flesh and the flesh grows around it, pain, inflammation, redness, swelling or even an infection can follow. Common factors that lead to ingrown toenails include genetics (such as poor posture, gait, or a deformity), improperly cutting the toenails, and wearing tight shoes. Ingrown toenails are not usually serious. However, they can become very painful and infected if left untreated. If you have diabetes or a compromised immune system, your nail is in persistent pain, or your nail is showing signs of being infected, you should consult with a podiatrist for a proper treatment option.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact John M. Fanelly, DPM of Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor 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 office located in Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 00:00

By monitoring a child’s foot development in the early years—and intervening if any structural abnormalities or dysfunction is present—the child’s quality of life can be vastly improved, and serious foot complications later in life may be avoided. Some milestones in a child’s early development are: sitting up by themselves at approximately 6-7 months, beginning to walk at roughly 12 months, and walking heel-to-toe by age 3 instead of on their toes as some toddlers do while learning to walk. Toe walking after age 3 may just be a habit, or due to a tight Achilles tendon, or it could possibly be an indicator of a muscular, neurological, or developmental issue the child may have. If you are concerned about your child’s foot development, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination and consultation.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact John M. Fanelly, DPM of Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 24 May 2021 00:00

The aging process can make seniors more prone to falling, as well as cause damage to their feet. This can be the result of a loss of cushioning in the feet and bones that may have become brittle. Additionally, many elderly people can feel a loss of independence, and falling one time can invoke fear of completing daily activities. There are methods that can be implemented which can make it safer for seniors to move about. These can consist of installing grab bars in the shower and toilet areas, and removing worn rugs and other tripping hazards from the living area. Furthermore, it can help to improve lighting in the household. Many seniors find it helps to have regular physical examinations, which are necessary in order to monitor existing medications. If you have questions about how falling can affect the feet, please ask a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 17 May 2021 00:00

Many athletes, particularly swimmers, find that having flexible ankles is important for success in their sport. Ankle flexibility can be increased by stretching the ankles. One stretch that can help improve flexibility is the ankle flex. To do this stretch, sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Place a towel roll under the ankle that you are stretching and wrap a resistance band around the same foot. Holding the band, point your toes away from you. Then pull back on the band and slowly move your foot back toward you. Repeat for three sets of 10 on each leg. For more information about how to improve the flexibility of your ankles and the benefits of foot and ankle stretches, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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