How To Clip Your Nails Properly To Avoid Ingrown Nails

An ingrown toenail may not seem like a big deal, but they can be quite painful! And when inflamed, they can make it exceptionally difficult to walk and usually a surgical procedure to remove the nail to avoid further damage. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some important tips to help avoid ingrown toenails.

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

In many cases, an ingrown toenail is caused by the way the toenails are cut. If they’re trimmed too short or the edges are cut too far back, the skin can grow over the nail and dig into the skin. But while this is a common cause, it’s not the only reason why people develop ingrown toenails.

If you frequently wear tight socks, stockings, tights, or shoes, you’re putting more pressure on the skin surrounding the toenail and probably pushing it against the sharp edges of your nails.

Many people develop an ingrown nail following an injury to the toe. For instance, if you unintentionally drop something on your toe, stub it, or join in activities where the toes are subject to continuous pressure, the nail will probably be impacted.

Dampness in the feet can also soften the skin around the nails so the skin can grow over them. If you spend a substantial amount of time in the water or experience sweaty feet, it provides for the perfect environment for a nail to grow into the skin.

How Can Ingrown Toenails Be Treated?

It’s important to try to avoid infection whenever possible, but sometimes, the nail has to be removed in order to relieve the irritation. This can be accomplished in two different ways.

Doctors will either remove part of the nail or the whole nail. Podiatrists typically prescribe antibiotics to help clear an infection after the nail has been removed, but there are still things you can do to relieve the painful symptoms before seeking professional help.

Always try to cut toenails straight, and wear shoes that let your feet breathe.

If you regularly suffer from ingrown nails but are nervous about having the nail removed, it may be worth consulting with Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists.  Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

April is National Foot Awareness Month: 12 Tips for Healthy Feet Year Round

It’s April, National Foot Health Awareness Month. This is the month when podiatrists across the country try to shed light on common sources of foot pain, deformity, and disease. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing important tips to help you keep your feet healthy and pain-free.

12 Tips To Help Take Care Of Your Feet Properly

Even when nothing appears to be wrong, good foot care requires some diligence on your part. Follow these tips to keep your feet happy and healthy.

  1. Stretch your ankles and feet prior to your workouts to prevent injury.
  2. Always dry your feet completely after bathing, especially between the toes.
  3. Moisturize your feet daily – particularly the heels – to stop the skin from cracking.
  4. Don’t walk barefoot when you’re in public places; scratches and cuts can result in infection and it leaves you an easy target for fungal infection, athlete’s foot, and plantar warts.
  5. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that provide support to the arch and defend the foot against damage; try to avoid high heels, exceptionally pointy-toe shoes, and flip-flops.
  6. Replace your athletic shoes every six months or 500 miles.
  7. Purchase orthotic inserts to help make your shoes a bit more foot-friendly. You can also visit your podiatrist for custom orthotic inserts.
  8. Maintain a healthy weight through exercise and diet. Extra weight puts pressure on the feet and often leads to foot pain and other problems.
  9. Control your diabetes and have an annual foot exam so your podiatrist can examine your feet for problems such as loss of sensation (neuropathy) and a loss of circulation.
  10. If your child complains of recurrent foot pain, trips frequently or has trouble keeping up with his or her peers in normal sports or activities, take them to see a podiatrist for a thorough assessment.
  11. As you age, your feet typically get wider, flatter and longer. Your shoe size can change as this happens, so be sure to have your feet measured regularly.
  12. If you suffer a foot, ankle or toe injury, get medical attention from a podiatrist, as untreated injuries can cause limited mobility and chronic pain.

If you or your children are experiencing any of these issues, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online. And celebrate your healthy feet!

Are Your Feet Ready for Spring?

Keeping your feet healthy is fundamental to enjoying all that life has to offer. And by the time individuals reach the age of 50, they will have logged an astounding 75,000 miles on their feet. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing his tips for getting your feet healthy for spring and the warmer weather.

As you age, it becomes imperative that you find a podiatrist who can help you care for your feet properly, especially if you have bunions, diabetes, nail disorders, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, or undiagnosed pain.

The spring months are a popular time for people to think about their feet for the first time after a long winter in socks and boots. We all want our feet to look clean and well-maintained in sandals when the warmer weather hits.

Unfortunately, feet that are neglected can end up with a variety of disorders such as calluses, corns, ulcers, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, cracked heels, infections, fungal nails, ingrown nails, and dry skin, to name a few.

Here are some tips for getting your feet sandal-ready for spring.

  • Soak your feet. Soak your feet in a bath of warm water, a few drops of coconut oil and Epsom salts. This will soften the feet to make it easier to get rid of the dry skin.
  • Apply an intensive moisturizer to cracked heels and soles. Cracks in the feet can lead to infection if not remedied. But don’t use the moisturizer between your toes – that area should remain dry.
  • Smooth rough, troublesome corns and calluses. There are several ways to soften rough patches, including gels, files, electronic devices, and pumice stones. If you apply moisturizing cream and wear spa socks overnight, it can go a long way in softening the feet.
  • Reduce debris from keratin on the toenails. The nails can become unattractive after months of reduced airflow inside shoes and boots. Nails that are particularly thick, chalky, or yellow can be a sign of toenail fungus, which requires professional treatment.
  • Keep toenails trimmed. Trim toenails straight across and smooth the edges using a file so they can’t grow and cut into your skin. If you have trouble completing the task, ask your podiatrist to take over the job.

Don’t hide your feet this spring! By following these tips from our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, you and your feet can face spring fearlessly. If you notice a condition that needs expert help, call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.