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Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Toenail Fungus and Nail Polish

The extent to which an individual wears nail polish on their toenails may have some effect on how susceptible they are to developing toenail fungus. For example, a person shouldn't wear nail polish on their toenails at all times because despite the pop of color nail polish can provide, there are also many different detrimental effects this may produce on the feet. When an individual constantly wears nail polish on their toenails, the pigment from the nail polish can be essentially soaked up, causing the nails to become exceedingly dry. As a result of this, a fungus may become more likely. Rather than wearing toenail polish at all times every day, it is recommended that you take time off in between wearing polish on the toenails. This will give the toenails a chance to fully recuperate and breathe again. If you are interested in learning about more ways in which a toenail fungus can be prevented and how one can healthily wear toenail polish, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

For more information about treatment, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 22 December 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

How Did I Get Morton’s Neuroma?

People who have experienced Morton’s neuroma are aware of the severe pain and discomfort it may cause. It is a foot condition that is caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. High heels can fall into this category, possibly causing pressure on the nerve that is found between the third and fourth toes. This nerve can become irritated and compressed, and refraining from wearing high heels may provide relief for some patients. Additionally, frequently resting the affected foot may lessen the symptoms, which can include a burning or tingling sensation, followed by a dull ache. A proper diagnosis is necessary to have effective treatment. This can consist of squeezing the affected area, and gauging the pain level. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or remove the damaged nerve. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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One of the most painful foot conditions is known as an Achilles tendon injury. It happens when the tendon that is located in the back of the ankle partially or completely tears. This may be more common in middle-aged people. This type of injury can be caused in people who have poor flexibility, or who engage in occasional sporting activities without properly warming up. The symptoms that often accompany an Achilles tendon injury can include hearing a pop at the time of the injury, and the affected foot may be red, swollen, and bruised. Patients have found mild relief when the foot is elevated, and this can help to diminish some of the swelling. The approximate healing time is several weeks, and this depends on how severe the injury is. Additional relief techniques can consist of wearing a boot or cast that can provide stability as the healing process occurs, and specific stretches and exercises are performed. If you have endured this type of injury, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment methods, which may include surgery in severe cases.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Foot Problems in Newborns

Foot deformities are among the most common deformities in newborns. Most of the foot problems newborns face are treated non-surgically. Such newborn deformities include clubfoot, which describes an array of foot deformities that lead a newborn’s feet to be twisted, pointed down, and inward. Approximately half of the babies with clubfoot have it on both feet and boys are more apt to have clubfoot than girls. This affliction does not cause a baby pain, but it can lead to long-term difficulties with walking. If treated with stretching exercises, casts, or surgery, a clubfoot deformity can be corrected in early childhood. If you are pregnant and expect your baby to be born with clubfoot, or you have such a newborn, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible for treatment to prevent any long-term impact from this condition.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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