What Is an Ingrown Toenail?
Ingrown toenails are a common cause of foot pain. Typically, an ingrown toenail is just a nuisance. However, for people with diabetes or other circulatory issues, an ingrown toenail can lead to significant issues. Whatever your health status, if you suspect that you have an ingrown toenail, you should be seen by a board-certified podiatrist such as Dr. Craig Wexler as soon as possible.
How Will I Be Able to Tell If I Have an Ingrown Toenail?
An ingrown toenail is hard to miss. If you have one, you’ll know it! The area near the corner of the toenail will feel uncomfortable and irritated. You will probably notice swelling. The affected toe may grow red and pus may be present.
Can I Prevent Ingrown Toenails from Occurring?
Yes, you can! Craig Wexler, DPM recommends several simple steps to prevent ingrown toenails:
- Good foot hygiene is the first building block of good foot health. Clean your toes and toenails well and often.
- Inspect your feet often. Get to know them well so that you can notice of potential problems as they arise.
- Maintain your feet well. Don’t let your toenails grow too long.
- Trim toenails so that they’re even with the tips of your toes, neither longer nor shorter, and trim them straight across. Don’t round the corners, as you might on your fingers.
- If the corners of your toenails still feel sharp after you trim them, smooth them with an emery board.
- Use a toenail clipper. These clippers are typically wider than a fingernail clipper and can handle wide, tough toenails with ease.
- Wexler does not recommend scissors for toenail trimming. If you choose to use them, trim with a few short movements rather than a single sweeping cut.
- Never cut or pick at your cuticles.
- Choose comfortable shoes that do not squeeze your toes.
What If I Think I Have an Ingrown Toenail?
Don’t pick at an ingrown toenail, and don’t try to take care of it on your own. This can lead to problems including infection. Craig Wexler, DPM specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of the feet and ankles. He treats ingrown toenails every day. Call Wexler Foot Center at (973) 383-3115 or click here to make an appointment at our conveniently located Newton office. Our team will have you back on your feet before you know it.
Are you headed away for a beach vacation this summer? Many of Wexler Foot Center’s patients enjoy a pedicure before they head away. There is always the risk of infection, even at the most posh salons. Bacteria, plantar warts, or nail fungus can all be transmitted through poor public hygiene.
Picking up an infection before a trip can really have a negative impact on your experience, but you can minimize your risk. Here are some recommendations from Dr. Craig Wexler:
- Look around. You should see licenses posted on the wall and they should be up to date. The salon itself should look clean and tidy. Employees without customers should be busy sweeping and cleaning.
- Germs can enter the bloodstream through tiny nicks. Don’t shave your legs before a pedicure. Your stubble won’t offend the nail technician.
- Is the salon ensuring customer safety by using disposable hygiene items such as surgical gloves and footbath liners?
- Bring your own tools if you have them. It’s the best way to minimize the risk of cross contamination.
- If you don’t own personal tools, make sure that you observe proper sterilization techniques. Each station should have a glass jar filled with a turquoise-colored combination of water and tuberculoidal disinfectant. This is preferred to UV sterilizers, which don’t kill bacteria as effectively. Each station should have its own container of solution.
- No sharp blades, ever! Don’t let the nail tech use nippers for cutting cuticles or razors or graters for removing calluses, ever. The implements can create small cuts, allowing infections to enter your body.
- Allow time for your nails to dry naturally. Yes, UV light saves time, but it’s dangerous to the skin.
Infections transmitted through unsafe nail salon practices aren’t just unsightly. They can lead to greater foot health problems if unaddressed. Using state of the art equipment, Dr. Craig Wexler treats patients with infections of the feet and ankle every day. Are you worried that you may have picked up an infection at a recent pedicure? Call Wexler Foot Center at (973) 383-3115 or click here to contact us today. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you to see Craig Wexler, DPM in our Newton office at your convenience.
Try giving your partner a foot rub this week…he or she will love you for it! Massage is more than physical contact; touch brings us emotionally closer to the people around us. Further, massage is good for the body, mind and spirit.
- Massaging the feet provides relaxation and stress relief. Sleep improves after massage. Try a foot rub at bedtime and see what happens.
- Circulation typically improves after massage. This is especially beneficial for people with diabetes and Raynaud’s Disease.
- Massage can offer relief from feelings of anxiety and depression.
- PMS sufferers report decreased symptoms after a massage.
- Headaches including migraines, can decrease with regular massage.
So now you know why to try foot massage, but what about how? Giving your first foot rub can feel intimidating, but there’s no wrong way to go about it! After a long day of standing and walking, your loved one will think that even a so-so massage feels great. Here are some tips to try:
- First, set the scene. Light some candles. Turn on some quiet music. Turn the lights down low. Invite your loved one to sit back and relax.
- You’ll need some massage oil or lotion. These are easily and inexpensively purchased at any drug store. Start with a dime-sized dollop. Too much is not a good idea. Remember, you can always add more.
- Rub the oil or lotion into the skin and nails of the entire foot.
- Pull the toes apart and interlace your fingers between them. Wiggle the toes back and forth, between the sole and the top of the foot. Gently twist each toe and pull it away from the foot.
- Use both hands to massage the entire foot. Communicate! Ask if the pressure is too light or too hard. Try using your thumbs, fingers, and knuckles to create different sensations.
- Massage each foot one at a time and together.
- Remember to cover feet with socks after massage – they can be slippery!
Are you or someone you love experiencing pain in the leg, foot or ankle? Dr. Craig Wexler can diagnose and treat the problem. Call the friendly staff of Wexler Foot Center at (973) 383-3115 or click here to reach us via the web. We get you set up with a convenient appointment in our Newton office and help you start feeling better right away.
What Is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and other structures of the leg. When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it means that he or she is a podiatrist and has completed years of rigorous training, making him/her uniquely qualified to care for this part of your body. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are nearly 18,000 podiatrists currently practicing in the United States.
What Are the Qualifications of a Podiatrist?
When it comes to your feet, a podiatrist is the most qualified health care professional. These specialists complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency. Podiatric medical training is similar to the training of other doctors.
Like other doctors, many podiatrists have subspecialties. These can include surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care.
What Does a Podiatrist Treat?
A podiatrist like Dr. Craig Wexler can provide medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including, but not limited to:
- diabetic foot care
- corns and calluses
- sprains and fractures
- fungus of the feet and nails
- ingrown toenails
- sports injuries
- heel pain
- Morton’s Neuroma
Can podiatrists perform operations?
Yes. Depending on their certifications, state license, or credentials at a hospital, podiatrists can usually perform surgery on the bones, ligaments, tendons and joints of the foot and ankle. Craig Wexler, DPM often performs surgeries such as:
- bunion correction
- excision of a neuroma
- ankle ligament reconstruction
- hammertoe reconstruction
- tarsal tunnel release
- plantar fascia release
Should I See a Podiatrist?
If you are experiencing acute or chronic foot and/or ankle pain, or if there have been changes in the look or feel of your feet, you should see a podiatrist. You may also want to see a podiatrist even if nothing is wrong, especially if you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes. These can lead to problematic foot and ankle conditions.
Foot and Ankle Care at Wexler Foot Center
Wexler Foot Center is Newton’s favorite destination for foot and ankle care. Every day, Dr. Craig Wexler and the staff treat people just like you. Whether you want to address a specific concern or simply maintain your foot and ankle health, the staff at Wexler Foot Center is ready to help you. Call us today at 973-383-3115 or click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wexler in our conveniently located Newton office.