If you suffer from toenail fungus it can have a detrimental effect not only on your self-image but on your health as well. If left untreated, the affected nail can become thicker and more difficult to trim which can cause discomfort and make it more difficult to walk. If you have toenail fungus, you most likely have tried some home remedies, including certain medications and other topical ointments without any improvement. You want to know if there is still a way to achieve a better-looking nail. Find out how toenail fungus treatment from your West Hartford podiatrists Harvey D. Lederman, DPM; Marc A. Lederman, DPM; and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, AACFAS can bring about relief from this unsightly condition.
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is an infection that can affect either the toenail, a fingernail, or the surface underneath the nail. This fungus attaches itself to the toenail and can spread through a nail clipper, or from a damp area where you may walk barefoot such as a pool or shower.
How Laser Treatments Can Help
You may have tried some home remedies or medications but have found that nothing has helped. If left untreated, toenail fungus can spread to other nails, the nail can become thicker, yellow and brittle possibly making it more difficult to walk. Even if you have found some relief in the past, toenail fungus can come back, so it is an especially troublesome condition.
Find out how laser treatment from your West Hartford podiatrists can help diminish and even remove fungus from your toenails. This treatment option works by using a laser targeting and destroying the fungus in the nail. Because of the way the laser works, it doesn’t affect the tissue around the nail, causing no discomfort. The benefits of this procedure is that there is minimal downtime and it stimulates the growth of a healthy nail.
If you are ready to improve the look of your nail and get rid of toenail fungus with a laser treatment it is time you give West Hartford Podiatry a call. We want to get you ready to enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about being self-conscious for showing your feet. Call today to set up an appointment.
Knowing the signs of a serious problem will help you seek professional treatment from your podiatrist sooner.
If you rush through your next toenail trimming, don’t be surprised if you experience a painful little problem known as an ingrown toenail. They can develop rather quickly and are often due to trimming nails too short, or nicking the skin by mistake. Tight shoes and stubbing your toe can also cause ingrown toenails to arise. Sometimes as the nail continues to grow, the ingrown toenail may go away on its own. Sometimes warm water soaks and wearing open-toed shoes can help speed the healing process along; however, there are times where infection sets in and it’s time to see a podiatrist for treatment at West Hartford Podiatry Associates in West Hartford, Connecticut right away.
When to Make an Appointment
If you notice any drainage, increased pain, redness or swelling these are signs that an infection has developed in the skin. When this happens, you need to see your podiatrist immediately.
Also, if you haven’t noticed an improvement in your ingrown toenail symptoms after three days, it’s time to schedule a visit.
Those with diabetes, poor circulation, or other chronic conditions that may impede the healing process should also see their podiatrist right away for proper care.
Your Podiatrist Visit in West Hartford
The first thing we will do is examine your foot to properly diagnose whether you have an ingrown toenail or not. We will also discuss your medical history with you to see if you have any preexisting health conditions that could make this condition worse. Depending on the severity of your ingrown toenail, we will decide what the best course of treatment would be for you.
The treatments are often done after your toe is numb. This process is not painful or scary and helps resolve the pain and associated infections quickly.
If you are concerned about an ingrown toenail, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Call us at (860) 236-2564 in West Hartford, if you notice any of the symptoms above. Don’t suffer with the pain and discomfort of an ingrown nail. We can effectively treat your condition and get you back up and walking around in no time!
What you need to know about orthotics
If you have foot pain, you owe it to yourself to try custom-made orthotics. You should pamper your feet because they hold you up throughout your life. Aging, injury, diseases like diabetes, and everyday wear and tear can take a toll on your feet. Custom made orthotics are designed to cushion your feet and help heal them of various painful foot conditions. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, Connecticut want to introduce you to the world of orthotics and what they can do for you.
Custom made orthotics shouldn’t be confused with the generic orthotics you can purchase in the grocery store. Your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry want you to know that professional orthotics require exact measurements, impressions and casting, and they are created with the use of computer technology.
There are three main types of orthotics available at West Hartford Podiatry, each designed for a specific purpose. Your podiatrist may suggest:
Soft orthotics to act as shock absorbers, help with balance and take some of the pressure off of your sore feet. They are perfect for diabetic foot problems, arthritic or deformed feet. They are made from cushioned materials and encompass the entire sole of your foot.
Semi-rigid orthotics to improve balance for playing sports and walking; they are also used to treat flatfoot in children. This type of orthotic is made of layers of both cushioned and rigid materials.
Rigid orthotics to limit the motion of joints in your foot, giving you relief from strained tendons, and muscle aches and pains in your legs, thighs and lower back. They are made from hard plastic and designed to be worn for walking or dress shoes.
Foot pain can make you miserable and keep you from your daily activities. If you have foot pain, don’t suffer! It’s time to get some help with a simple phone call. Call your podiatrists at West Hartford Podiatry in West Hartford, Connecticut. They can help you take care of your feet and get back to your life. Call today!
Think there's nothing you can do about heel pain but learn to live with it? Fortunately, there's no reason to unnecessarily suffer. Foot doctors Harvey D. Lederman, DPM; Marc A. Lederman, DPM; and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, AACFAS, of West Hartford Podiatry, share several heel pain treatment options with West Hartford area residents.
Metatarsalgia occurs when you develop a painful bruise, commonly called a stone bruise, on the ball of the foot. A stone bruise can develop if you step on something hard, such as a rock, or can occur from running, jumping, or wearing shoes that don't fit well.
Treatment: Resting your foot will help tissues heal. Avoid high-impact sports and exercises until your symptoms subside. Ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, can help reduce pain and inflammation. Podiatrists often recommend arch supports, metatarsal pads, or shock-absorbing insoles to reduce pain and prevent problems in the future.
Plantar fasciitis + Heel Spur Syndrome
A thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia runs under the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heel. If this band becomes inflamed, heel pain can occur. You may be more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you participate in a sport that involves running or jumping, but the cause of the condition can't always be identified.
Treatment: Stretching your arch, Achilles tendon, and lower calf muscles can help reduce plantar fasciitis symptoms. Your West Hartford foot doctor may recommend night splints to stretch the arch and muscles and shoe inserts called orthotics to decrease pressure on your heel. Steroid shots and extracorporeal shock wave therapy can help if the pain persists. In some cases, surgery is also an option.
Overdoing your workout or suddenly increasing the intensity of your fitness routine can cause pain and inflammation in your retrocalcaneal bursa. The retrocalcaneal bursa is located at the spot where your Achilles tendon connects your heel to your calf muscle.
Treatment: Rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can be helpful if you have retrocalcaneal bursitis. Stretching exercises and physical therapy can also help, as can ultrasound therapy to reduce inflammation. If your pain continues, a corticosteroid injection may be recommended to reduce the inflammation.
Is pain stopping you from doing the things you enjoy? If heel pain is a problem, and you live in the West Hartford, CT area, call West Hartford Podiatry at (860) 236-2564 and schedule an appointment today. Get back on your feet with a visit to your podiatrist!
Aches and pains aren't unusual after a weekend game of softball or a successful run in the local 5K. Unfortunately, those twinges can sometimes be more than just a temporary annoyance. Doctors Harvey D. Lederman, DPM, Marc A. Lederman, DPM, and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, of West Hartford Podiatry treat a variety of sports-related foot and ankle injuries. They share some of the more common sports injuries West Hartford athletes experience.
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains are the most common type of sports injuries and usually occur when you overuse or overstretch a muscle. Strains happen when the tendons or muscle fibers are injured, while sprains occur because the ligaments, the bands of connective tissues that attach muscles to bones, are stretched or torn. Podiatrists often treat sprains in the big toe joint, midfoot area and ankle.
Toenail injuries can be a problem when you participate in a sport. Although these injuries can occur if your shoes are too tight, simply wearing shoes while you exercise may cause the problem, particularly if you play a sport that requires quick movements that push your toes against the ends or tops of your shoes. Toenails can eventually turn black or separate from the toe.
Painful tendon injuries occur due to intense exercise, sprains, trauma and muscle imbalances. These injuries may affect your arch, heel, the Achilles tendon, the extensor tendon on the top of your foot or the peroneal tensdon on the side of your foot.
Trauma to your foot or ankle can cause painful, debilitating fractures. Although it's often obvious that you have a serious injury after a fracture, stress fractures aren't quite as dramatic but can be just as painful. Stress fractures occur when your overworked muscles can no longer absorb shock and transfer the load to your bones, which results in a small crack. Stress fractures are common in upper inside part of your foot and the ball of your foot.
When should you call your podiatrist?
Ice and rest can be helpful for many sports injuries, but sometimes a prompt visit to your podiatrist can help you avoid further damage to your foot or ankle. Call your podiatrist if you experience:
- Bruising or bleeding at the site of an injury
- Extreme swelling
- Difficulty walking
- Black toenails that pull away from the toe
- Persistent or extreme pain
Still suffering from your weekend sporting event? Call Doctors Harvey D. Lederman, DPM, Marc A. Lederman, DPM, and Kurt W. Rode, DPM, of West Hartford Podiatry at (860) 236-2564. The West Hartford foot doctors treat a full range of sports injuries and other foot and ankle conditions.
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