How your podiatrist in Baltimore, MD, can help your feet!
If you often wear shoes that cramp your toes, you are well in danger of developing a hammertoe. This condition occurs when the muscles and tendons in your toe lose their abilities to relax, thus causing your toe to be permanently bent and you unable to straighten it.
Luckily, your podiatrist can help if you are struggling with this condition. Read on to learn how Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Baltimore, MD, can offer specialized treatment for your hammertoes!
More about hammertoes
There are a few reasons why you might develop a hammertoe, including:
- Bunion pressure
- A traumatic injury to your toe
- Muscle or tendon imbalances in your feet
- Wearing shoes without enough room for your toes
- High arches, which can cause your feet to press forward
- Degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
There are some simple tips you can try if you think you might be developing a hammertoe. Remember to:
- Wear open shoes or sandals
- Wear wider shoes so your toes have plenty of room
- Stretch each toe with your fingers every day
- Exercise your toes by trying to pick up items from the floor
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Place pads or cushions in your shoes to support your toes and feet
Sometimes, home remedies like those listed above are not enough to relieve hammertoe pain. Don’t worry! Your podiatrist can help by recommending these effective treatments:
- Custom orthotics or footwear designed to correct a muscle/tendon imbalance
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and pain
- Splints and other methods to straighten and realign your toe
- Cortisone injections to reduce swelling
- Surgical treatment for severe cases of hammertoe
Need relief? Give us a call!
Having a hammertoe can make it difficult to even stand or walk without pain. Get rid of the pain of hammertoes by calling Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Baltimore, MD! For the Perry Hall office, dial (410) 529-4141, and for the Fallston office, dial (410) 877-3369
Swelling, reddened flesh, shooting pain, and pus are just some of the incredibly uncomfortable symptoms of having an ingrown toenail. Although this condition can sometimes be successfully treated through home remedies, ingrown toenails often progress to the point of infection, a point that then requires professional treatment. Read on to learn what causes this problem, when it’s right to seek medical help, and how our podiatrists can help get your foot back to a healthy state!
The Causes and Symptoms
Before we cover how to treat ingrown toenails, let’s first review the core causes and symptoms that hallmark this condition…
Ingrown toenails initially develop due to a few different factors, including:
- Cutting the toenail too short
- Rounding the toenail during grooming
- Wearing improperly fitting shoes
- Experiencing toe trauma
If the flesh on the side of the toe has become red, swollen, and tender, you likely have an ingrown toenail. If you have caught this problem while it’s still in its early stages, you can try implementing some of the home remedies listed in the next section. However, if your toe is exhibiting some of the following signs of infection, you should seek professional podiatric help:
- Pervasive shooting or throbbing toe pain
- Regular bleeding
- The presence of a pus-filled blister
- The skin has started growing over the nail
As mentioned above, if an ingrown toenail is caught before infection sets in, there are a few different methods that you can practice at home in order to clear up the issue. Some of these include:
- Around 3 to 4 times a day, submerge your foot into warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Regularly doing this should reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
- Following each soaking, use cotton to separate the ingrown toenail from the flesh that it is starting to grow under. This should allow the nail to grow above the skin again.
- Avoid snug or constraining shoes.
If these actions fail to clear up the problem in 2 to 3 days, you should pursue professional treatment.
In the case of a severe or recurring infection, there are a few different procedures that your podiatrist can perform to make your toe healthy again. Depending on the specifics of your ingrown toenail, one of the following treatments may be recommended:
- Partial Nail Removal: In the case of a severe ingrown toenail, your doctor can numb your toe before physically removing the ingrown portion of the nail.
- Nail and Tissue Removal: If the same toe is repeatedly experiencing the same ingrown toenail problem, this procedure can be performed to prevent future recurrences. It entails your podiatrist removing a portion of the underlying nail bed, thus preventing the nail from become ingrown again.
Concerned About Your Toe? Give Us a Call!
If your ingrown toenail needs medical attention, call our podiatric office today!
Have you been wondering why you have heel pain? Injuries, inflammation, and even the shoes you wear can cause your uncomfortable symptoms. Your Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, podiatrist, Dr. Edward Orman, diagnoses and treats heel pain and other foot and ankle conditions at Honeygo Podiatry.
You don't have to actually step on a rock to get a stone bruise. Stepping on any hard object can cause a painful minor injury to the fat pad under your heel. A stone bruise can also occur if you work out in shoes that don't offer enough padding.
As you age, the layer of fat under your heel thins, making it more susceptible to bruising. If you experience stone bruises often or your bruise doesn't improve in a week or two, call Honeygo Podiatry for an appointment in either the Perry Hall or Fallston location. We may recommend heel cups or orthotics. for these prescription shoe inserts provide extra cushioning and support for your feet.
Plantar fasciitis occurs due to inflammation of the tough band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you have the condition, you may notice that your pain is worse first thing in the morning or after you've been sitting. Plantar fasciitis pain may be mild at first but can grow more intense over several weeks or months.
You may be more likely to develop the condition if you have flat feet or high arches, spend long hours on your feet, are overweight, or don't wear supportive shoes.
Treatment options for plantar fasciitis may include anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. Dr. Orman may also recommend physical therapy, a removable walking cast, night splints to stretch the fascia, or padding and strapping to cushion your foot and relieve strain.
Pain Caused By Shoes
Sometimes, eliminating heel pain is as simple as changing your shoes. If your shoes are too tight in the heels or don't provide enough cushioning, swapping them for another pair can provide relief.
Does your pain only occur when you wear high heels? Over time, frequent high heel wear can shorten your Achilles tendon, the thin tendon that runs along the back of your heel. Stretching exercises can be helpful, but in some cases, surgery to lengthen the tendon may be needed.
Are you ready to find out what's causing your heel pain? Call the Perry Hall, MD, office at (410) 529-4141 or the Fallston, MD, office at (410) 877-3369 to schedule an appointment at Honeygo Podiatry with Dr. Orman today!
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.
Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.
Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process. Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.
Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain.
Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.
Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.
After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.
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