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Lockport Foot Care, PLLC
Harry I. Zirna, DPM

March 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020 00:00

How Do Ingrown Toenails Develop?

Patients who have experienced an ingrown toenail often notice that their toe may become red and swollen. This condition occurs as a result of the outer edges of the toenail growing into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails can produce severe pain and discomfort, and may ooze with a discharge if they become infected. This condition can develop for a variety of reasons including wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, trimming the toenails improperly, or it may develop from a previous toe injury. Many patients have found mild relief when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, as this may help the skin to soften. If you are afflicted with this ailment, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Harry I. Zirna of Lockport Foot Care, PLLC. Dr. Zirna can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

Shopping for Shoes

Research has indicated that adult feet have grown approximately two sizes larger than they were in the 1970’s. This is a result of the human species growing taller, and the feet having to accommodate the weight and size of the body. It can be beneficial to make sure there is a half inch between the longest toe and the top of the shoe. A shoe that fits properly will feel good when it is first tried on. It is suggested to wear the socks that will be worn with the shoes you’re interested in purchasing, in addition to shopping for shoes at the end of the day when the feet are at their largest. If you would like more information about how to buy shoes that fit correctly, please consult with a podiatrist.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Harry I. Zirna from Lockport Foot Care, PLLC. Dr. Zirna will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lockport and Medina, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 16 March 2020 00:00

Foot Pain May Be a Common Condition

Research has indicated that majority of Americans will have foot pain at some point in their lives. The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and foot pain may hinder the ability to accomplish daily activities. A bunion is a common cause of foot pain. It is described as a bony protrusion that develops on the side of the big toe, and may come from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. A form of arthritis, known as gout, can cause severe pain and discomfort. This ailment is caused from a result of excess uric acid levels in the blood. Many people also experience a painful condition on the bottom of the foot that is referred to as a plantar wart. It is considered to be a contagious viral infection, and lives in warm and moist environments that can include swimming pools and locker rooms. If you have any type of foot pain, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat your condition.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Harry I. Zirna from Lockport Foot Care, PLLC. Dr. Zirna will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Monday, 09 March 2020 00:00

How Do Broken Toes Heal?

Pain is typically the first symptom that occurs if you have broken your toe. It can happen as a result of a heavy object falling on it, or if you have stubbed your toe against a piece of furniture. For severe fractures, there may be a popping sound at the time of the injury. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking. Patients have found moderate relief when the affected foot is elevated, as this may help to reduce a portion of the swelling. Additionally, the toe may be taped to the toe next to it which may be beneficial in providing extra support as the healing process takes place. If you feel you have a broken toe, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct healing process.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Harry I. Zirna from Lockport Foot Care, PLLC. Dr. Zirna will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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

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One type of foot condition that is brought upon by dry skin is referred to as cracked heels. When the skin of your heel loses too much oil and water, it may start to feel tight, rough and itchy. Dry skin may develop for various reasons. These may include aging, the use of harsh soaps, long exposure to cold winter air, and from existing skin conditions such as eczema. When dry skin is coupled with excessive pressure on your feet, cracked heels are more likely to develop. Excessive pressure on the foot can be brought upon by obesity, standing for long periods of time throughout the day, and by wearing shoes with an open back. Open back shoes leave the pad of fat under your foot unprotected, leaving them vulnerable to harsh conditions and possible cracking. For more information on how to prevent cracked heels from developing, and for advice on treating this condition, it is recommended you consult with a podiatrist.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Harry I. Zirna from Lockport Foot Care, PLLC. Dr. Zirna can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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