How do you take care of your feet? An average person takes about 18000 steps every day. As such,it could be only fair if you took care of your feet by washing them daily and massaging them with a moisturizer. Wearing proper footwear is also appropriate to prevent injuries and foot diseases. Dr. Han Nguyen and the team at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates offer quality foot care services to help you have healthy feet. In this article, we look at different foot and ankle issues.
Ingrown toenails develop when your nails grow into your skin. It causes swelling and irritation around the toes which may grow into an infection. It’s essential to seek medical care to treat the infection and ease the symptoms.
Foot care is critical if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or a weak immune system.
An ingrown toenail causes symptoms such as pain and tenderness, swelling, redness around the toe, and an infection.
Different issues may lead to ingrown toenails, such as wearing tight shoes, cutting your toenails too short, and having curved nails. You can prevent ingrown toenails by wearing comfortable shoes, and trimming your nails to a moderate length and straight across.
Dr. Nguyen also treats an ingrown toenail by removing the part of the nail with an infection.
Diabetic foot care
Diabetes is a disease where you have high blood sugar levels. Without proper care, diabetes puts you at risk of other health issues, including foot problems.
Diabetes causes foot-related problems such as diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease. These diseases cause foot problems such as numbness and tingling sensations, and ulcers. Without treatment, the ulcers develop infections that are slow to heal and may lead to amputation.
Your provider offers proper diabetes management, which helps deal with foot issues.
Heel pain includes throbbing, aching, and discomfort at the back of the heel. It can occur due to overuse, wear and tear and an existing health problem. Treatment is essential to relieve the discomfort and improve your daily life activities.
Common causes of heel pain include fractures, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, sprains and strains, and Achilles tendonitis. Ensure to seek medical care if heel pain becomes severe, affecting your ability to walk.
Your provider examines your feet for heel pain while checking the swelling, discoloration, or warmth. They may also order diagnostic imaging such as MRI and X-rays for further evaluation. They may recommend treatments such as over-the-counter medications, rest, ice therapy, custom orthotics, and physical therapy.
Foot pain may develop due to different reasons, including daily tiredness. Usually, it should go away with rest or a massage. However, when it does not improve, you may want to seek medical evaluation.
Foot pain may also occur due to fractures, corns, calluses, sprains, ingrown toenails, and hammertoes. Your provider performs a thorough diagnosis, to determine the exact cause and offers customized treatments.
Call Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates today to schedule your consultation and get the care you deserve for your foot and ankles.