Last updated 3 days ago
Although they may look much the same, your toenails differ greatly from your fingernails. Because toenails grow more slowly than fingernails, different cutting and care techniques are needed to maintain good foot health.
This video explains how to cut your toenails properly. The best time to cut your toenails is after a bath because the nails are softer. Cut the nails straight across rather than in a curved fashion, which is more likely to cause ingrown toenails. Use a toenail clipper to achieve the best results.
Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of ingrown toenails, foot injuries, infections, and more in Houston and Sugar Land. Call us today at (832) 532-1197 to schedule your visit with an experienced and friendly podiatrist. You can find more foot health facts and tips on our blog!
Last updated 10 days ago
Toenail fungus is a very common problem seen by podiatrists. Although most toenail fungal infections are not dangerous, they can be uncomfortable and can cause distress. Because toenail fungus can impact the appearance of the nail, having an infection can make you self-conscious about wearing open-toed shoes. Could toenail fungus be behind your symptoms? There are two main kinds of toenail fungal infections. Here is what you need to know.
Symptoms of Distal Subungual Onychocmycosis
Distal subungual onychomycosis is the most common type of fungal nail infection. If you have this infection, you may notice yellow streaks in the nail bed and across the bottom side of the nail. You may also be able to see skin and nail debris trapped underneath the nail. If you have this infection your nail is likely to thicken and become discolored and eventually separate from the nail bed. Your nail will also become brittle.
Symptoms of White Superficial Onychomycosis
This infection is the second most common type of toenail fungus and typically impacts the top surface of the nails. White spots and streaks across the nails are usually the first symptoms. As the infection takes hold, the nail surface may become soft and develop a powdery texture. The nail itself may appear gray or brown and may crumble. Unlike distal subungual onychomycosis, this infection does not typically cause nails to separate from the nail bed.
Symptoms of Toenail Fungus Complications
The biggest risk of having a toenail fungus infection is that it could lead to a bacterial infection, which is more dangerous. If you notice increased pain, swelling, red streaks, or pus, call your podiatrist right away. You should also call your doctor if you develop a fever.
You don’t have to deal with unsightly and uncomfortable toenail fungal injections. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists, we offer effective laser treatments for infections to restore the look of your feet. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Houston or Sugar Land by calling (832) 532-1197.
Last updated 18 days ago
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists, we rely on diagnostic imaging tools to help us diagnose your foot problem, make a treatment plan, and track the progress of our efforts. Ultrasounds are just one of the tests we perform in our office. This sound-wave based test allows our podiatrists to get an internal image of your foot.
We use ultrasounds when we suspect that you have a soft tissue problem. Some of the conditions we look for during an ultrasound are Morton’s neuroma, soft tissue masses, ligament injuries, joint tears, and plantar fasciitis. We also incorporate ultrasounds in injections and aspirations in many cases, to help us accurately guide the needle. This painless scan can be completed in about 45 minutes in our office.
Are you living with foot pain? Get the bottom of the your problem with the help of Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. We have offices in Houston and Sugar Land for your convenience. Call us today at (832) 532-1197.
Last updated 25 days ago
The way your shoe fits is about more than style and comfort. Poorly fitted shoes can trigger a range of foot woes that could have you running for your podiatrist for relief. Instead of sacrificing your comfort and compromising your foot health, why not choose shoes that fit your feet the right way to begin with? These tips will help you get ready for your next shoe-shopping mission.
Get Your Feet Measured
As an adult, your shoe size may not be quite as changeable as it was when you were a kid, but that doesn’t mean that your feet settle into one size for the rest of your life. Everything from age to weight fluctuations can impact the size of your feet. Get them measured periodically before you buy new shoes. You may be surprised to find that you need a bigger or smaller size. For the most accurate results, get your feet measured at the end of the day, when they tend to be at their biggest.
Buy According to Fit
Getting your feet measured gets you into the ballpark of the size of shoes you need to shop for, but don’t ever buy a pair based on the number printed on the label. Try on all shoes before you buy them, and go for what feels best – not what size you think you should be buying. Shoes are cut differently, so fluctuations in sizes are normal.
Go for Comfort
It is never a good idea to buy a pair of shoes that doesn’t fit and think that you’ll stretch them out or make them fit with inserts. Doing so puts your feet at risk. Only wear shoes that fit comfortably on your feet and avoid things like pointy toes, high heels, and other features that squeeze your feet or put them in awkward positions.
Talk to your podiatrist at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists about the right shoes for your feet. Our Houston and Sugar Land podiatrists specialize in advanced treatments for bunions, nail infections, and more. Find out about all of our services by calling (832) 532-1197.
Last updated 1 month ago
People with diabetes always have to be mindful about foot care, as they have a much greater risk of developing many different types of foot problems. One such issue is toenail fungus. But what about diabetes causes the increased risk of foot problems in the first place?
Watch this video to learn why foot problems, such as toenail fungus, are so common in diabetics. Diabetes impacts the nerves and decreases sensation in the feet. That makes it easier for you to damage your toenails without knowing it. The trauma to your nails allows fungal infections to take hold.
A podiatrist is a very important member of your diabetes care team. For all of your diabetic foot needs, from toenail fungus to foot pain, see Houston’s Advanced Foot & Nail Specialists. To make an appointment at our Houston or Sugar Land podiatry offices, place call (832) 532-1197.