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Ingrown Toenails

    If you have experienced this condition, otherwise known as onychocryptosis, then you are aware of how painful it can really be. Ingrown toenails occur when there is abnormal growth of nail sideways, so that it creates friction with the skin. It can also occur from improper nail cutting, in which nail fragments, called spicules, get entrapped in the area which connects the skin to the nail ( known as the sulcus).

Who gets them?

    Anyone can get an ingrown toenail, but they tend to be more common in athletes who wear occlusive footwear, runners whose toes may be making irregular contact with the front of the shoe and in those who are improperly cutting their toenails. We tend to see them in adolescents here at Achilles as well.

What do they look like? 

Signs and symptoms include a red, painful throbbing nail, which may or may present with some fluid release. The nail can become infected and this will result in classic signs of infection such as a red, hot, swollen, and painful.  In general, by the time we see patients with these sorts of nail problems, they are in quite a lot of pain.

Treatment Options

There are a few things we can do for ingrown toenails in our office. First and most importantly, we will remove the offending spicule, and this usually results in immediate pain relief. However, the act of using our instruments in this sensitive area can be very painful, and therefore occasionally we need to anaesthetize the area in order to perform this procedure.  In cases where the patient is experiencing repetitive ingrowns over a period of time, permanent or non-permanent nail removal is also an option. Finally, as with most foot and nail conditions, underlying biomechanical causes need to be corrected for with orthotics, or else the problem will recur.

If you are interested in learning more about treatment options for your ingrown toenails, then give us a call at 519-624-4122. 

 

Last week we began a discussion on nailcare, and focussed on the diabetic foot. Another subset of the population that requires more basic footcare than the average individuals is the elderly. One major reason that seniors are more in need of nail and callus care stems from the simple fact that growing older can make tasks such as cutting nails more difficult. Additionally, there are a number of age-related conditions which can exacerbate foot problems. Some examples of these conditions include: arthritis, peripheral vascular disease, reduced balance and increased incidence of falls, or Parkinsons disease.

What Foot and Nail conditions should you look for in your loved ones?

While a number of foot and nail problems can affect the elderly, there are a few that are more common. Here is a quick list of the common issues associated with the aging foot.

 Onychauxis and Onychogryphosis:   Both are conditions of thickened nails. Onychogryphosis is more extreme (long, curled nails) than onychauxis, but both make trimming nails very difficult, and increase the risk of cuts

 Ulceration: Arthritis, digital deformities and loss of the fibrofatty padding on the balls of the feet are all common w occurrences with ageing, and all can lead to the formation of pressure points, callus and ulceration. Because of increased incidence of vascular conditions in seniors, ulceration can be very slow to heal. 

Musculoskeletal Changes: There are a number of reasons why seniors are more at musculoskeletal problems of the foot. First, there is a natural loss of muscle mass which occurs as we age. Second, we often reduce our activity levels as we age, and there is also a notable -decline in bone density, especially in women.

Inappropriate footwear: Many seniors are wearing footwear inside and outside the home which is not supportive enough. Often slippers are far too loose and

If you know a senior who is struggling with their feet, give us a call or give them our number (519-624-4122). We can help. As an aside, October 1st is Seniors Day in Canada. Hug the senior in your life today!



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