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By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
November 21, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

An ingrown toenail is a toenail which has grown into the surrounding skin of your toe. If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you already know how painful it can be.

You are at higher risk of developing ingrown toenails if:

  • Your toenails curve under naturally
  • You’ve had an injury to your toe or toenail
  • You wear shoes that are too narrow for your toes

When you have an ingrown toenail, you will experience:

  • Swelling and pressure around your toenail
  • Bruising and redness around your toenail
  • Throbbing pain around your toenail

Your toenail and the nail bed may also appear dark and you may see pus or blood coming out from underneath your toenail.

You can do a lot to help prevent an ingrown toenail. Remember to:

  • Avoid cutting your toenails too short
  • Trim your toenails straight across, with no rounded corners
  • Always wear protective shoes which are appropriate to the activity you are doing
  • Avoid going barefoot to prevent toe and toenail injuries

When you develop an ingrown toenail, you can try a few simple home remedies like these to get relief:

  • Soak your toe in warm water several times each day
  • Place a small piece of dental floss under your toenail to guide the toenail upward
  • Apply antibiotic cream around your toenail
  • Wrap your toe in bandaging to protect it
  • Wear open toe shoes or sandals to help your toe heal

For stubborn, painful ingrown toenails that don’t respond to home therapies, your podiatrist can help you feel better, with several professional treatments for ingrown toenails. Your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Trimming off a section of your toenail that has grown into the skin
  • Lifting and separating the toenail from the surrounding skin
  • Removing the entire toenail so a new, healthy toenail can grow in its place

An ingrown toenail can make it painful to put on shoes, and it can also affect your ability to stay active. You don’t have to suffer with an ingrown toenail because your podiatrist can help. To find out more about the causes and treatment of ingrown toenails, call your podiatrist today.


By Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute
November 01, 2022
Category: Foot Condition

Heel pain is one of the most common problems your podiatrist treats. If you are suffering from heel pain, the pain can make it difficult to enjoy an active life. Don’t worry, because your podiatrist has several effective heel pain treatments to get you back on your feet.

You can develop heel pain from a few causes, including:

  • Stepping on hard or sharp objects, which can cause a heel bruise
  • Developing excess calcium deposits, which can cause a heel spur
  • Inflammation of the tissue on your heel, which can cause plantar fasciitis

Any of the causes listed above can cause moderate to severe heel pain, but plantar fasciitis is the most severe. Plantar fasciitis causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue running across your heel.

When you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience:

  • Stabbing pain across your heel when you stand
  • Heel pain which is worse in the morning
  • Pain across your heel and on the side of your foot

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:

  • Overpronation, or rolling your feet when you walk
  • Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods
  • Doing high impact activities like jogging or running

For mild heel pain, you can try a few simple home remedies like these:

  • Placing an ice pack on your heel several times each day
  • Doing arch stretches several times each day
  • Elevating your feet when you can, to take pressure off your feet
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Wearing heel inserts inside your shoes to cushion your heels

Moderate to severe heel pain should be evaluated by your podiatrist. There are several treatment options your podiatrist may recommend, including:

  • Custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide support
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling
  • Physical therapy and stretching to improve flexibility
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation

Heel pain is a common foot problem, but one which is easily treatable. Relief from heel pain is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes and treatment of heel pain, call your podiatrist today.