Posts for: April, 2019
Have a sports injury? Improper gear, poor training practices, or accidents can cause sports injuries. Not warming up or stretching before playing sports or working out can also lead to sports injuries. Affiliates In Podiatry, which has offices in Meredith and Concord, NH, offers treatments for a variety of sports-related foot and ankle injuries.
Common Sports Injuries
Strains and sprains. The most common types of sports injuries are strains and sprains. A strain is a tear or stretch that happens in a tendon or muscle. A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Strains and sprains usually occur when you overuse or overstretch a muscle. The worse the strain or sprain, the harder it is to use the affected area. All strains and sprains should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Tendon injuries. Most tendon injuries occur near joints, such as the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. Painful tendon injuries occur due to trauma, vigorous exercise, sprains and muscle imbalances. People who participate in softball, soccer, racquet sports, volleyball, or track and field are particularly susceptible.
Fractures. Fractures, or broken bones, in the ankle or foot are common. Broken bones in the ankle or foot cause pain and swelling. Fractures can result from a direct blow to the foot—such as dropping a heavy object on your toes. They can also occur due to the repetitive stress that comes with participating in high-impact sports like basketball. It is important to seek medical care any time you think you may have broken a bone in your foot or ankle.
Abrasions. Abrasions are wounds consisting of superficial damage to the skin. Abrasions can be caused by accidents, fighting, and sports injuries. Abrasions are less severe than lacerations, and bleeding, if present, is minimal. Mild abrasions, or scrapes, do not bleed or scar, but deep abrasions may lead to the formation of scar tissue.
Dislocations. A dislocation is an injury where a joint is forced out of position. Dislocated joints often are swollen and visibly out of place. A dislocation is painful and immobilizes the joint. Dislocations usually occur due to a fall or accident. Dislocations can be treated in a podiatrist's office.
When to Seek Treatment
You should see a podiatrist if your symptoms don't go away after rest and home treatment. A proper diagnosis is key to treating a sports injury. Your doctor will start with a physical examination, with attention given to the areas of complaint. You will also go through your medical history with your healthcare provider, they may order x-rays or other tests to confirm a diagnosis. Your podiatrist will develop a treatment plan that may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your specific needs. Call today to make an appointment at Affiliates in Podiatry, PC: (603)-225-5281 for Concord, or (603)-279-0330 for Meredith.
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!
- 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