Posts for category: Podiatry Service
Is your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Dr. Bryan Sheehan of Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, AR, and Grove, OK, can help you!
Ingrown toenails, which are also known as onychocryptosis, are a result of:
- Someone not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially the big toes
- If you decide to wear shoes that are too tight or short, resulting in crowded
- Repeated trauma or injury to your feet or fungus infections
- Heredity or poor foot structure
What is an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails are when your toenails penetrate the skin in the corners or sides of your feet, which may result in infection. Ingrown toenails may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, but if you don't get them looked at by your Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK foot doctor, your toes may become sore, red, and infected. Your skin may even start growing over the ingrown toenail.
Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix:
- Soak the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and try to keep your feet clean.
- Wear shoes that give your toes more space to move and try to avoid socks.
- Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection.
- If your ingrown toenail is suffering from an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed. The procedure is known as partial nail plate avulsion. Your doctor will inject your toenail with an anesthetic and cut out the ingrown.
If you are going to take any medication to treat your ingrown toenail, make sure to contact your foot doctor.
For more information on Ingrown Toenails in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK, contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America by filling the contact form on the website or calling today!
Spending more time on foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK foot doctor Dr. Bryan Sheehan of Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America explains why diabetic foot care is crucial and shares a few tips that will help you avoid infections.
How does diabetes increase the risk of infections?
Uncontrolled diabetes can make your feet feel number due to nerve damage. If you can't feel your feet, you won't notice if you get a cut or sore. Diabetes may also be responsible for reduced blood flow to your feet. Because of circulation problems, healing takes longer and your risk of tissue death rises. If you have diabetes, you may also have a higher-than-normal risk of developing bone infections.
What can I do to prevent infections?
There are two steps you can take to ensure that you don't develop an infection:
Perform Self-Exams: Taking a good look at your feet at least once a day can help you identify problem areas, such as blisters, red spots, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and sores.
Take Corrective Action: If you do notice a blister or red spot, applying a bandage or cushion over the blister or red spot will help prevent the blister from breaking or the spot from becoming a blister or open sore. It's also important to change the shoes you wear if a particular pair rubs against your foot. Orthotics, special shoe inserts custom designed to fit your foot, can help reduce pressure that causes red spots or blisters.
When Should I Call the Foot Doctor?
When you have diabetes, even minor foot problems can quickly become major infections. If you're concerned about a corn or callus, it's best not to try to remove it yourself. Instead, call our Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK offices to schedule an appointment. Ingrown toenails also should not be handled at home. If you notice any of these warning signs, call us as soon as possible:
- Black skin
- Red streaks on your foot
- Open wounds
- Abnormally pale or blue skin
- Tingling or numbness
- A burning feeling in your foot
- Complete lack of sensation in your feet
Protect your feet with daily self-exams and regular podiatric care. Call Bentonville, AR, foot doctor Dr. Bryan Sheehan of Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America at the Bentonville, AR, office (479) 224-6411 or Grove, OK, office (918) 787-6893 to schedule your appointment.
The feet and ankles are relatively small but strikingly complex structures, with 26 bones in each one and a vast network of muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Your Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK foot doctor, Dr. Bryan Sheehan, has extensive training in diagnosing problems that develop within the feet and ankles. Three of the common ailments he treats at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America - Achille's tendinitis, neuromas and plantar fasciitis - are discussed here.
The Achilles tendon runs along the back of the leg and connects the calf to the heel bone. Overuse of this thick band of tissue can cause inflammation to develop; aching in the back of the leg and above the heel are the typical complaints your Bentonville and Grove foot doctor hears from his patients who have Achilles tendinitis. While most cases of Achilles tendinitis can be treated with simple physical therapy routines and shoe inserts, called orthotics, can help relieve the pain, surgery may be required if the tendon has torn.
When the nerve tissue between the base of the toes - typically the third and fourth toes - thickens, a neuroma has developed. Many patients, most of whom are women, describe the pain associated with neuromas as feeling like they have a rock in their shoe, although numbness, tingling and swelling are symptoms as well. Neuromas can be treated with orthotics and specially-designed shoes, although surgery to remove the affected nerve may be necessary for advanced cases.
Like Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis is inflammation that develops in a ligament from overuse. The difference is that the ligament is located on the underneath side of the foot, as the plantar fascia connects the ball of the foot to the heel. Many patients of your Bentonville and Grove foot doctor successfully treat this condition with physical therapy, rest and properly-fitted shoes, but a few will need surgery to sever the ligament before finding relief.
Regardless of your foot or ankle problem. Dr. Sheehan can help diagnose and treat it! Contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK to set up an appointment with him today!
As we ease back into winter from the warmer months, your feet require the help of cozy socks and shoes to stay warm. However, before cooping up your feet for the season, you may want to cure your toenail fungus. Learn more about toenail fungus and its treatments with Dr. Bryan Sheehan at Ankle and Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, OK.
Do I have toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus often begins as a small white dot on the nail. This condition is generally painless and advances slowly over time. However, toenail fungus in its later stages can cause your nail to become unsightly and begin to cause problems. Symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- yellowed nail
- thickened nail
- soft or powdery appearance of the nail
- separation of the nail from the nail bed
- a nail which crumbles at the edges
- a nail which appears matte or dull
Toenail Fungus Treatment in Bentonville, OK
There are various over-the-counter toenail fungus treatments available at drug stores. However, if these treatments fail to work, you will need help from Dr. Sheehan to get rid of your toenail fungus once and for all. Treatment may begin with prescription creams or nail lacquers applied to the nail to help kill off the fungus. Laser treatment is another option which has proven to be successful. In severe cases, Dr. Sheehan may suggest surgery to remove the nail from the nail bed.
Preventing Toenail Fungus
Preventing toenail fungus is as easy as following a few precautions. Always keep your feet clean and dry. If you frequent damp, public areas, like public pools or gym locker rooms, wear shower shoes and prevent any contact between the floor and your feet. Try to wear socks made from materials which wick moisture, especially if you are an athlete or sweat excessively. Clip your nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails which can become infected and painful. Finally, see your podiatrist for a foot examination if you suspect any signs of toenail fungus.
For more information on toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Sheehan at Ankle and Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, OK. Call (479) 224-6411 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Sheehan today!
Causes of Ankle Sprains
An estimated 25,000 Americans sprain their ankles every day. This makes ankle sprains an unfortunate, yet common injury that can leave you nursing a painful, swollen ankle. We see many ankle sprains at our Bentonville, AR foot doctor office and would like to help you prevent further injuries by making you aware of a few activities commonly known to cause ankle sprains.
1. Wearing high heels.
While you may enjoy the appearance of high heels or the fashion statement they make, wearing them increases your risk for wobbling from side to side while walking. This ankle instability alone can cause a sprain. However, this wobbling can also cause you to trip, which could make you sprain your ankle or, even worse, fall and sprain your ankle. Try to keep your shoes to less than 2 inches in height whenever possible to prevent ankle sprains from occurring.
2. Not watching your step.
One of the most common causes of an ankle sprain is accidentally walking off of or into an uneven surface. For example, planting your foot into a hole or stepping off a curb can surprise you and make you lose your balance, resulting in an ankle sprain. When you walk, do so with purpose. Avoid distracting activities, such as texting or looking at your cell phone without watching where you are going.
3. Participating in sports without the proper footwear/warm-up.
While ankle sprains can happen as you are participating in everyday activities, as many as 50 percent of ankle sprains occur during athletic-related activities. This is especially true for sports where you jump up and down, such as basketball. Also, sports where you plant your ankle and have to pivot in another direction are associated with increased sprain risk. This includes soccer and football. While ankle injuries are not always preventable in sports, you can protect yourself as much as possible by wearing supportive footwear or even wearing ankle tape or an ankle support. Warming up before you engage in athletic activity and engaging in balance exercises off the court or field can also help. Visit our ankle sprain page for more info
If you have experienced an ankle sprain or foot injury - or would like more tips to prevent one - please call our Bentonville, AR podiatry office at (479) 224-6411.