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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Psoriasis is an auto-immune skin condition that can affect many parts of the body, including the feet. When it causes a thickening of the skin covered in scales, it is referred to as plaque psoriasis. Symptoms of plaque psoriasis are itchy, dry, and cracked skin. Toenails may become pitted, cracked, or crumbly, and the affected skin may be painful. Scratching the skin leaves it open to infection. Psoriasis of the feet is referred to as pustular and may be the result of banging or rubbing of the area. This produces an itching sensation that can become quite uncomfortable. While there is no known cure for psoriasis, many treatment options are available, including steroid creams, medicated ointments, and moisturizers. For more information about dealing with psoriasis of the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.  

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

The toenails are easily ignored when thinking about basic healthcare, but there are many simple ways to keep them pain and problem free. Probably the two most common ailments are ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. An ingrown toenail is usually the result of the nail being cut incorrectly. It is suggested that cutting toenails straight across and not too short can prevent the nail from growing into the nail bed rather than over it. Fungal infections of the toenails can easily be spread in warm and moist areas, such as gym locker rooms and indoor swimming pools. Wearing protective foot coverings is a good way to prevent this annoying infection. Fungal toenail infections are extremely contagious, so it’s wise to keep from touching the infected area. If you have toenail fungal infections that recur, even after applying commercial anti-fungal remedies, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can prescribe more powerful medication. In addition, trying to fix an ingrown toenail can lead to a bacterial infection. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can safely deal with the problem. 

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 Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

The strong tendon found on the bottom of the foot which connects the heel to the toes is called the plantar fascia. Inflammation or a tear to this tendon can be quite uncomfortable and result in plantar fasciitis. This condition can be caused by frequently running on uneven surfaces or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Many people who stand for the majority of the day may develop plantar fasciitis, in addition to pregnant women due to the extra weight their feet must bear. While pregnancy is a temporary condition, obesity may be a more permanent one, and this can put constant pressure on the plantar fascia. Studies suggest that people who have poor circulation may slowly develop plantar fasciitis because of the loss of blood flow to the feet. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer you permanent treatment solutions.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM  from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain in the joints. Because each foot consists of 33 joints that can become inflamed, it may be helpful to find shoes that help to provide some relief from arthritic foot pain. Experts recommend wearing a shoe with a sturdy sole, as those with a softer sole may increase the pressure on the heel with each step. It is beneficial to look for a shoe that bends only near the toes and does not fold in half when squeezed. Further, avoiding shoes with narrow or pointed-toe boxes is thought to be the best choice. In addition, shoes with removable insoles are recommended, as this can make it easier to add custom insoles if needed. These inserts can support weakened joints, improve mobility, and reduce pain. High-heeled shoes or flats are not recommended for people with arthritis. Instead, finding shoes with a slight incline from toe to heel is thought to be better. For more information on selecting footwear for arthritic feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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