Podiatrist Blog

Posts for tag: ingrown toenail

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 30, 2019
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: ingrown toenail  

An ingrown toenail is a condition that cannot go unnoticed. If you experience pain, redness or swelling along the side of your toenails, consider it a red flag and attend to it immediately before it starts to bleed or gets infected with pus.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

There are many different factors that can lead to ingrown toenails. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Improper Trim- Improper cutting of the nails is perhaps the most common cause of ingrown toenails. Avoid cutting your nails in a curved line, unevenly, or too short.  One can significantly reduce the chances of ingrown toenails by getting a proper trim which is to cut them straight across.
  • Trauma to the toe- At times, dropping heavy objects on your toes, stubbing or participating in high-impact sporting activities can result in ingrown toenails.
  • Genetic tendencies- Many people have an inherited tendency to develop ingrown toenails. If it runs in the family, you are most likely to get them.
  • Ill-fitting footwear- Wearing tight shoes with narrow toe boxes can squeeze or crowd the toes and toenails. The severe stress on your toenails can increase the chances of an ingrown toenail.
  • Poor foot hygiene- In many people, ingrown toenails form as a result of having poor foot hygiene. If you do not keep your feet clean and dry, fungal infections can easily creep onto the toes and feet. A fungal infection increases your chances of developing an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails can develop and get out of hand rather quickly. To prevent the pain and discomfort from ingrown toenails, see your podiatrist for proper treatment. Proper care and timely treatment can help prevent a minor problem from becoming a major one.

If you have an ingrown toenail, do not ignore it but, instead, end your needless suffering by coming to Joseph Stuto, DPM located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York. Our highly-experienced and board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help determine the exact cause and devise the best possible treatment plan for your ingrown toenails. Learn more about types of foot problems, foot care guidelines, and treatment plans by browsing through our extensive library. If you have any question, contact us on the above-listed numbers to schedule an appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
January 16, 2019
Category: foot care tips

With layers of snow and whiffs of freezing winds, winter season not only pushes us to stay cooped up inside our homes, but also forces us to cover ourselves up with layers of warm clothing including socks and shoes. It is likely that our feet may be neglected undercover. Moreover, since they are mostly concealed, who knows what they must be suffering from, whether their health is being compromised, or do they need attention? It is essential to be more careful about infections and skin rashes when your feet are covered throughout the day and even at night too.

Here are a few key tips to prep your feet for the cold winter season:

  1. Practice good foot hygiene. Despite the season, foot care should remain constant. Wash and dry your feet properly. Use a pumice stone around your foot to gently remove any dead skin. By applying a moisturizer, you can keep the skin from getting dry and avoid painful complications such as cracked heels.
  2. Take care of your nails. Keep your toenails properly trimmed in order to avoid ingrown toenails. Always cut your nails straight across and use a file to soften the edges. Never cut them too short. Cutting your toenails incorrectly or unevenly can result in ingrown toenails. This can cause swelling, redness, pain and sometimes an infection around the toe.
  3. Wear the right shoes. If you do not wear proper footwear and you are an ice skater or a snowboarder, your winter fun can turn into winter misery. Wear well-fitted and activity-specific shoes that provide the necessary comfort and support for the activities that you are involved in. Tight shoes can lead to a number of serious problems such as hammertoes, bunions, corns, and other deformities.
  4. Listen to your feet. Not addressing your foot concerns on a timely basis will only make the condition worse and cause additional injury. Regular foot checks can help spot anything unusual on your feet such as blisters, calluses, cuts or discoloration of the nails.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, located in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537, New York, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto can help you determine exactly the cause of your foot condition and provide the best solutions to avoid them from recurring. For more information, you can browse through our extensive library on topics that interest you online or call our office at any of the two numbers listed above to schedule an appointment.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 10, 2018
Category: foot care tips

Our feet experience a lot of wear and tear, every day. It is our responsibility to keep our feet safe.

We often purchase the most trendy and stylish footwear to make our feet look good, but do we maintain good foot hygiene to reduce the risk of infections?

Foot infections are fairly common in people worldwide. That’s because fungi are present everywhere.

Here at Joseph Stuto, DPM, we want our patients to be proactive when it comes to the health of their feet. We urge our patients to adopt a good foot care regimen to reduce the risk of infections, stop them from recurring and also prevent them from spreading across your body or to others.  Some of the most common foot infections are athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, and ingrown toenails.

Here are some key steps you should consider taking to help prevent or stop recurring infections on your feet.

  1. Avoid walking barefoot: One can easily contract an infection from walking barefoot at communal areas or at home. Furthermore, anyone who has an infection should not be walking barefoot as they may contaminate the floor they walk on, exposing others to bacteria and fungi. If you have poor circulation or diabetes, you may even have a harder time fighting off these infections by walking barefoot. Wear flip-flops or sandals if necessary.
  2. Daily foot wash: Maintain good foot hygiene by washing your feet regularly to avoid bacteria and fungi from settling in. Dry your feet properly, especially between the toes before you put on some socks and shoes. As bacteria and fungus breed and grow in warm, dark and moist settings, ensure that your feet are clean and dry.
  3. Wear well-fitted shoes: One of the best ways to keep foot pain and infections in check is to wear supportive and comfortable shoes. Your activity decides the type of footwear you should wear. Avoid wearing worn-out and tight-fitted shoes as they can damage your skin, allowing infections to creep in. Also, try to avoid wearing someone else’s shoes.
  4. Wear clean socks: To prevent infections, it’s essential that you wear clean and dry socks. Wear cotton or woolen socks that wick away moisture from the feet.
  5. Trim your toenails: The best to way to look after your toenails is to cut or file them straight across. Do not cut your nails too short or from the sides to avoid ingrown toenails.
  6. Use medication: Use timely medication such as antibiotics or anti-fungal ointments to prevent infections from spreading, as prescribed by your foot and ankle doctor.

If you are experiencing any unusual foot pain or infections, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our podiatrists Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will help best treat your foot infections. Call (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment.

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 18, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: ingrown toenail  

An ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis) is a common nail impairment where the sides of the toenail cut into the soft skin tissue of your toe. The growing nail causes the skin to break creating a wound which bacteria can enter, making it susceptible to infections. This can cause severe pain, irritation, inflammation and redness. Ingrown toenails primarily affect the big toe but they can also be found on other toes.

You can very easily treat ingrown toenails at home, unless you have diabetes, which requires that you go see a doctor or foot care specialist immediately. Here are some tips to treat ingrown toenails at home:

  1. Immerse your feet in warm water. This is a common practice when treating ingrown toenails. Fill a bucket with warm water and soak your feet for roughly 15-20 minutes. Do this routine 3-4 times a day. This helps to reduce the swelling and relieves tenderness. Make sure to dry your feet properly.
  2. Apply antibiotic ointment. Rub an antibiotic ointment on the affected toenail and properly wrap it in a bandage.
  3. Use a Q-tip or dental floss. Gently pull away the affected nail from the reddened skin by sliding a Q-tip or dental floss under it.
  4. Trim your toenails. Try to trim the growing toenails, if you can.

Remember, these tips are only to relieve pain. Proper treatment from a qualified podiatrist should be sought.

Whether your ingrown toenail is infected or getting out of hand, it is important that you get it checked out by a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we treat a range of foot and ankle conditions such as hammertoes, fungal infections, skin problems, arthritis, and heel spurs. You can call our podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto located in Brooklyn, New York. Let us provide the best care and treatment you need for your foot problem. Schedule an appointment today by calling (718) 624-7537.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
April 05, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: ingrown toenail   callus   pedicure  

At home self-care is important for everyone. Not only does it promote good health, it also allows us to stay in tune with our bodies. There are all types of different methods of self-care that can be done at home. Some of these methods are washing, facials, meditation, and sleeping.  All of these simple tasks are good for the mind and the body in different ways. Sometimes, as we care for ourselves, we forget some of the other parts of our body that we use constantly. A good example of an often-forgotten part of the body is our feet. Our feet are our main source of mobility and deserve a little pampering.

One great way to pamper and care for our feet to keep them happy and healthy is by performing an at-home pedicure.

Step 1: Soak your feet. Fill up the tub or a bucket with warm water and add in some soap, Epsom salt, or your favorite bath oils. Pop your feet into the water and allow them to soak for up to 15 minutes. This softens the skin and makes it easier for you to scrub off dead skin, calluses and push back cuticles on the toenails later.

Step 2: Grab a file and work on those calluses. Be careful as you file them away. Too much filing can cause pain and tenderness in the foot. It can also take off layers of healthy skin. Stick to it just until the callus area feels soft and smooth again.

Step 3: Scrub your feet. You can use a loofa and your favorite bath soap to get rid of the dead skin that is plaguing your feet.

Step 4: Nail care full steam ahead. Make sure your nails are trimmed and tidy. Be sure to cut them straight across to avoid getting ingrown toenails later. Also, oil and push back your cuticles gently so that the nail can breathe and grow healthily.

Step 5: Grab some polish and paint your nails if you desire. Try to stay away from nail polishes that have orange as a base in the color, as these can cause nails to yellow over time.

While pampering your feet, you might notice an ulcer or other deformities. If you do, be sure to consult a podiatrist right away. Although a pedicure is good for your feet, it does not prevent underlying disease and conditions. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can determine which type of foot or ankle condition your at-home pedicure brought to light. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.