The podiatrists at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, can treat a variety of foot and ankle health conditions. Toenail Fungus can be unsightly and painful and may potentially lead to major surgery. It will require treatment if not managed correctly. Visit us at one of our three locations: Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb. Treatment will help to prevent pain that can occur with toenail fungus.
Toenail Fungus is common around pools, gyms or even carpeting. 1 in 10 adults develop a toenail fungus infection. This infection can lead to brittle or swollen nails. The fungus will cause nail color to dull and loose its shine, with small white dots forming under the nail. If left untreated, nails will become brown. The area around the infected nails will also start to emit an odor. For elder adults with weakened immune systems, treatment is more urgent as the infection can enter their blood stream.
One form of treatment through drugs is Lamisil, taken for 90 days. Antifungal nail polish or other topical treatments also help to treat nail fungus. Essential oils can help because they have antifungal properties and they can easily be absorbed by the skin for an immediate benefit.
Laser treatment may be necessary if the above remedies are unhelpful. This treatment eliminates the source of the fungal infection. The laser penetration is minimally invasive, goes through the surface, and completely kills the infection that causes the fungus under the nails. Fungus will no longer grow after treatment.
The earlier Toenail Fungus is treated, the less likely laser treatment will be required. However, if you have toenail fungus that is significantly changing toenail color and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible. Please feel free to discuss your Toenail Fungus with our staff and we will determine the best course of treatment specifically tailored for your feet.
Looking fabulous in your favorite pair of heels does have a price. In fact, shoes that fit poorly or have high heels frequently cause foot problems, including calluses, corns, bunions, and blisters, just to name a few.
All footwear eventually show signs of wear and tear. Inspect the condition of your own shoes. Do they appear stretched out or worn? Then you probably need a new pair. Creasing of the midsole is also a good indication that your shoes have lost their cushion and support.
Maximize Fit, Minimize Discomfort
The following tips can help you avoid purchasing a pair of shoes that may contribute to a long list of foot problems:
- Try on shoes late in the day, when the feet tend to be a bit larger due to natural swelling
- Women should opt for low, stable heels
- Try on both shoes to be sure that they fit comfortably on both feet
- Choose breathable shoe materials, such as leather, to prevent excessive sweating and blisters
- Have your feet measured to ensure the best fit
- Avoid pointy-toed shoes which cause bunions and hammertoes
- Walk around the store with both shoes on to make sure the fit is comfortable
- For athletes, choose shoes that are specific to the sport you play
- Choose the right shoe for your foot type (e.g. if you have flat feet, select shoes with good arch support)
Still not ready to part with your favorite pair of sneakers or trendy heels? Not sure if the shoes you currently wear are right for your feet? A professional podiatrist can evaluate the condition of your feet, and work with you to find the best pair of shoes for you!
Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, can treat a variety of foot and ankle health conditions. One such condition forming on the toes are bunions. Dr. Benenati can treat bunions via natural or surgical treatment at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb. Treatment will help to relieve pain, eliminate the bunion and stop it from returning.
Bunions are skeletal bumps that form on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. They form because of the pressure exerted when your big toe pushes against the adjacent toe. This causes your big toe joint to get larger and protrude outwards. Generally, the skin covering a bunion will be red. Wearing close-fitting, slender shoes could agitate bunions. Designer shoes with narrow toe boxes can push big toes inward. Raised heels can also cause bunions because the big toe stays bent and budding toward the adjacent toe, causing the lower bones to push out. Bunions can also be genetic or the result of a medical condition such as arthritis.
Natural bunion treatment can be any of the following:
- Toe spacers that can help restore toes to the normal position.
- Massage and exercise that can help foot muscles move in a natural direction.
- Footwear that can reverse damage if it helps aid in natural toe movement.
If natural treatments cannot stop the formation of large bunions, surgery can help position the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. After surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are used to help with recovery. Surgery generally includes the following:
- Realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint at the bottom of the big toe. The tendons around the big toe are thereafter repaired.
- Alleviating pain.
- Correcting malformation of the toes and foot.
Recovery can take a few months to a year. Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Physical therapy may be required post-surgery for severe conditions. Tight fitting shoes should also be avoided after surgery for maximum recovery.
The earlier bunions are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have bunions that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible.
A bunion is a bone deformity that is caused by a joint enlargement at the side and base of the big toe. These bunions form when the toe moves out of placement. The enlargement causes both pressure and friction as they rub against footwear. Over a period of time, the movement of the big toe will angle in toward the other toes. The growing enlargement will cause inflammation. Our Macomb, Michigan podiatrists at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in Macomb, Warren and Saint Clair Shores, MI can successfully evaluate each patient and offer treatment options.
For many with bunions, they suffer from pain or discomfort from the rubbing and friction of the enlargement on their shoes. The skin over the toe can also become tender and red. Because the joint flexes with every step, the bigger a bunion gets, the harder it is to walk. Over time, arthritis or bursitis sets in making walking difficult and leading to chronic pain. Thankfully with the help of our professional Macomb, MI Podiatrist team, there are many treatment options to reduce your pain and suffering.
Because they are bone deformities, bunions will not just resolve on their own. The goal for treating bunions is to relieve pain and pressure caused by the friction and next to stop the growth of the enlargement itself.
Common treatment options include:
- Protective padding to eliminate friction
- Properly fitted footwear
- Custom orthotics
- Exercises/physical therapy
- Splints for nighttime wear
In some severe cases, surgery may be required. Oftentimes conservative treatments are used first before surgery is recommended. Surgery removes the bunion and realigns the toe.
For more information on bunion treatment from our Macomb, Michigan podiatrist team at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in Macomb, Warren and Saint Clair Shores, MI, schedule an appointment by calling 586-416-3668.
Cracked heels are very common this time of year and can become painful and cosmetically unpleasing. You may experience more than just dryness as time goes on. The heel can become red, itchy, inflamed and your skin can even peel. But if you take some precautions when the cracking starts, the symptoms may be smaller and your heels will be softer.
Some causes of cracked heels (also known as heel fissures) are dry air, lack of moisture, improper foot care, aging, prolonged standing and unhealthy diet. Now that we know how it happens and what it feels like, let’s examine some ways to avoid it.
Honey, Wax, Water, Bananas and Jelly? Making you hungry? Well, believe it or not these simple ingredients can help fill the cracks, in your heels that is.
- Honey ~ who knew it had antibacterial properties. You will be soaking the honey with warm water rather than applying so don’t worry about being stuck in the honey pot. Soak for about 20 minutes and then scrub your feet gently afterwards.
Paraffin Wax ~ this can handle some quick relief as it is a natural emollient to soften the most serious cracked skin. You can go to a salon for the treatment or do it yourself at home. Simply melt a block of the paraffin wax in a double boiler with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Let it cool for a few seconds and apply it to the heels. Cover the area with plastic wrap and leave on for a half hour.
Rosewater and Glycerin ~ the glycerin will soften while the rosewater adds vitamins and antioxidants with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Just mix equal amounts of each and rub it on your heels before bed.
Bananas ~ not just for bread. The riper the banana becomes the more we want to bake it into bread but if you mash a ripened banana into a paste you can apply it to your heels and see the results. After it sits for about a half hour, gently wash it off with warm water and soak in cold water for an additional 10 minutes.
Petroleum Jelly ~ a multi- purpose product that has been around forever. Scrub your heels and remove as much of the dead skin as you can after a good soak. Rub a good amount all over the cracks and put socks on to keep it contained.
If you need foot care for cracked heels call Anthony Benenati DPM at 586-779-6140 to make an appointment . Try one of our locations in St. Claire Shores, Warren or Macomb Michigan. Let us fill in the cracks and make your heels smooth again!
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