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July 2024
Wednesday, 10 July 2024 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Dealing with Toenail Fungus

Experiencing toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, can be a persistent and bothersome condition. Toenail fungus causes nails to become yellow, opaque, and brittle, often leading to crumbling or breaking. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, making individuals with sweaty feet or those who wear heavy shoes more susceptible. Not only is it unpleasant, but toenail fungus is also highly contagious. It can spread easily in communal areas, such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and shared showers. Treatment usually involves oral antifungal medications that need to be taken for several weeks. Even as the medication starts working, it might take some time before new, healthy nail growth appears, and the discoloration and brittleness may persist until then. Preventive measures are essential to managing and avoiding the spread of the infection. Keeping feet dry, wearing moisture-wicking socks, trimming nails properly, and ensuring feet are fully dry before putting on socks and shoes can help. If you are experiencing symptoms of toenail fungus, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

What to Do About Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, often affecting the feet, particularly the big toe. It leads to sudden, severe pain, in addition to redness and swelling. Gout predominantly affects middle-aged men and postmenopausal women, especially those with a diet high in purines, a substance found in red meat and alcohol. The condition is often diagnosed through blood tests measuring uric acid levels and joint fluid analysis to detect urate crystals. Treatment focuses on reducing pain and inflammation with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, or colchicine. Long-term management includes medications like allopurinol or febuxostat to lower uric acid levels. For foot-specific care, patients may elevate the affected foot and wear comfortable, supportive footwear to alleviate symptoms and prevent flare-ups. Preventing gout involves maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and avoiding foods high in purines. Regular exercise and weight management are also critical. If you have gout that is negatively impacting your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for specialized care and tailored advice.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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