Are you worried that one of your toenails may be growing into your skin? Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Gerard Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry, discusses ingrown toenails and explains what you can do to relieve your pain.
What causes ingrown toenails?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a nail begins to penetrate the surrounding skin. The condition may be more likely to occur if you round your nails instead of cutting them straight across, wear tight-fitting shoes that press your nail into your skin, or have a fungal infection. In some cases, ingrown toenails are very hard to avoid. If your toenails naturally curve downward, ingrown toenails can become a chronic problem. Although the condition can affect any toe, it most commonly occurs in the big toe.
What can I do to treat ingrown toenails at home?
It may be possible to remove the trapped edge of your nail from the skin if you've just noticed a problem with your toe. Soak your foot in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes, then gently lift the edge of the nail with dental floss or a piece of cotton. Keep the cotton or floss in place during the day, and replace it after your daily foot soak. Don't force the nail when you try to free it. If it won't move easily, make an appointment with our Woodbridge office.
Home treatment shouldn't be attempted if you notice any signs of infections such as redness, red streaks, pus or warmth. If you have diabetes, it's important to visit a foot doctor when you first notice your ingrown toenail symptoms. Because diabetes interferes with healing, even seemingly minor foot problems and wounds can quickly become infected.
How do podiatrists treat ingrown toenails?
If your toenail won't budge, or you notice signs of infection, you'll need to schedule an appointment with the foot doctor. During a minor, in-office procedure, your podiatrist will make a small cut in your skin to free the nail. You'll receive local anesthetic to ensure that the procedure is pain-free, and may need to take antibiotics if you have an infection. If you experience ingrown toenails often, surgery to remove all or part of your nail may be recommended.
A visit to the foot doctor can help ease your ingrown toenail pain. Call Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry, at (703) 491-2603 to schedule an appointment.
Spraining an ankle is a very common injury, and it's one that podiatrist Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, diagnoses and treats very frequently. Below, he explains what happens when you sprain your ankle, as well as some signs that could indicate you need treatment.
What is a sprain?
A sprained ankle happens when the foot makes contact with the ground in a way that causes the ligaments (the bands of tissue that stretch between bones) within the ankle to be stretched beyond their normal capacity. Sprains can be mild to severe; your Woodbridge podiatrist will carefully examine your sprain to determine its classification. People most commonly turn their ankle outward, which is known as an inversion or lateral sprain; between 70 and 85 percent of sprains are of this type.
How do I know if I've sprained my ankle?
- Pain-This is due to the damage that your ligament sustained when you twisted it. A grade 1 ankle sprain means mild stress on the ligament, a grade 2 means that the ligament has sustained a partial tear and has loosened, while a grade 3, the most severe, indicates that the ligament has been completely torn. The degree of pain you have with a sprain often correlates with the grade your Woodbridge podiatrist will assign to it.
- Bruising-The body's immune system responds to a sprain by sending more blood flow to the area. This translates into bruising, which can be significant if your ankle has sustained a severe sprain.
- Instability-As with bruising and pain, the way your ankle feels when you try to put weight on it can be indicative of how much damage has been done to the ligaments. If you are unable to bear any weight on the ankle at all, it needs to be evaluated immediately.
If you think you've sprained your ankle, or you have questions about treatment, contact Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, for an appointment with Dr. Ranieri today!
Give hardworking feet the care they need both on and off the field.
It’s not an easy job that feet have, particularly if you are an athlete. Whether you are out pounding the pavement every day or you are part of a team, athletic feet can be especially prone to injuries if you aren’t careful. Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist Dr. Gerard Ranieri is here to provide you with some helpful tips for keeping your sporty feet safer.
Be Gradual in Your Training
You wouldn’t immediately sign up for a marathon if you’ve never run before, right? Don’t let your workout go from zero to 60. Instead, gradually increase the length of time or the intensity of your training sessions. If you don’t spend time training in the offseason also don’t expect to come back and immediately get right back into the same shape you were in during the season.
It’s important that you continue to train regularly if you want to maintain a strong, healthy body. By easing back into training or slowly increasing the difficulty of your workouts you can prevent foot and ankle injuries.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Warm-Up
We know that before a game your mind is racing and your heart is probably pounding. Adrenaline can do some pretty amazing things in the heat of the moment; however, you don’t want to just rely on adrenaline to carry you through the game. You need to warm up the muscles, tendons and other soft tissue in your body and feet to loosen them up and reduce your chances of an injury. Take 15 minutes for some light cardio and stretching.
Orthotics are prescription shoe inserts that can provide further support, stability and even shock absorption for your feet. While you may have seen these products at your local drugstore, this one-size-fits-most approach to foot support may not help and may even make issues worse. Luckily, our Woodbridge, VA, foot doctor can make custom orthotics to cater to your specific needs. These simple devices could give your feet the added protection they need to improve how they function on the field.
Don’t Go Barefoot
While this might not seem like the most important advice you’ve received it is important if you want to avoid an unpleasant condition known as athlete’s foot. This fungus thrives in moist, dark environments like your school’s locker room or your gym’s showers. Remember to always wear shoes, particularly in communal areas, to reduce your chances of developing athlete’s foot.
Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, is ready to provide you with the care you need. Whether you are an athlete or someone dealing with diabetic foot problems, we are here to help.
Though it often begins mildly and progresses slowly over time, heel pain can take a huge toll on your quality of life, affecting daily activities like simply walking to the car or checking the mail. Understanding the causes of heel pain is crucial to finding its proper treatment and, eventually, overcoming this frustration condition. Find out more about what is causing your heel pain and what you can do about it with Dr. Gerard Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA.
What causes heel pain?
Podiatrists are well-acquainted with heel pain as it is one of the most common foot issues. While the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, this inflammation of the plantar fascia is not always the culprit. Some other common causes of heel pain include:
- heel spur
- Achilles tendonitis
- injury or trauma
- stress fracture
- fracture or break
How will my doctor diagnose my heel pain?
Your podiatrist will normally use several diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of your heel pain. A physical examination allows your doctor to see and feel any abnormalities obvious on the outside of the foot. Imagining techniques like MRIs or x-rays help them see the inside of the foot to its bones and connective tissues. They will also take into account your medical and family history and lifestyle choices.
Heel Pain Treatments in Woodbridge, VA
Treatments for heel pain vary greatly depending on your diagnosis. In many cases, your treatment will begin with treating any underlying conditions. Treatment also occurs at home with over-the-counter medication and the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. However, if these treatments fail to produce results, your doctor may suggest a prescription orthotic to wear inside your shoe, a brace, or, in severe cases, surgery to correct the problem.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Gerard Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA. Call (703) 491-2603 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ranieri to find a treatment for your heel pain today!
According to the CDC, about 29 million people suffer from diabetes. This condition can have many serious, long-term effects like damage to the blood vessels and kidneys. Since it affects the body’s blood flow, diabetes can cause numbness in the feet and toes. This can lead to various issues, making caring for your feet especially important if you have diabetes. Learn more about proper diabetic foot care with Dr. Gerard Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Patients with diabetes have decreased blood flow to their extremities like their hands and feet. The decreased blood flow, in turn, causes numbness. Due to their location, patients do not see their feet as often or easily as their hands, meaning they may not notice potentially harmful situations or conditions without a proper examination. This means that something as simple as an ingrown toenail coupled with the numbness caused by the decreased blood flow can quickly grow into a complex and serious issue like an infection.
How can I properly care for my feet?
Keeping your feet healthy is easy with a few simple tips and additions to your daily routine. Make it a point to examine your feet thoroughly at least once a day. Be sure to include the skin between the toes and underneath the foot. Look for and note any cuts, irritation, redness or swelling and tend to them as necessary. Keep your feet clean and dry at all times and wear a fresh pair of socks every day. Shake out your shoes before putting them on to ensure there are no rocks or other debris inside of them which could injure your feet. Cut your toenails straight across and do not round them out. This prevents ingrown toenails, which become easily infected.
Diabetic Foot Care in Woodbridge, VA
In addition to your daily foot examination, patients with diabetes should see their podiatrist for regular foot examinations. These simple appointments help your doctor catch conditions in their early, most treatable stages and allow for quick treatments of existing issues before they turn into more complex problems. Consult with your podiatrist to determine how often you should have a foot examination.
For more information on diabetic foot care in the Woodbridge, VA area, please contact Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry. Call (703) 491-2603 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ranieri today!
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