Sunday, June 26, 2016
Holidays can be challenging on the feet. I have posted several blogs on shoes that are not supportive, foods and alcohol that can cause gout (beer, wine, shrimp, red meat, cheese), walking barefoot, walking on irregular surfaces, and being more active than usual. However, the Fourth of July also brings on the risks of fireworks. I am originally from Indiana, where fireworks are still legal, but in Illionis, fireworks are often illegally used and pose risks to the feet. Burns to the feet are an obvious concern with fireworks, but more serious injuries can occur and include open sores (cuts, abrasions) and loss of a limb if fireworks are improperly used. If you have an injury from a firework, it is essential to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department for proper treatment. Happy 4th of July, and Be safe Chicagoland!
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Ingrown nails are a common reason why patients come into my office. Many patients have tried a course of oral antibiotics given to them by their primary care or ER doctor, and the ingrown nail may be better for a period. However, the nail edge may soon become painful and infected again. Why? When a nail becomes ingrown, it usually causes a cut in the skin along that border or there is a piece of sharp nail that is stuck in that border. Our nails (even though they are ours) are considered foreign objects, and since they are stuck in the border with an open sore or a sharp piece of remaining nail, they need to be removed so that the area can properly heal. Often topical antiobiotic ointment and soaking are used after the nail border or sharp left over piece are removed to help clear the infection. Oral antibiotics may also be used if the infection is severe. However, the nail border must be removed for the antibiotics to work. Ingrown toenails can be a recurrent and annoying problem. Give us a call if you are suffering from this foot condition. 708-763-0580 or schedule on zocdoc.com.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Smelly feet are a frequent complaint in my office, especially as the temperatures rise. In fact, I was buying my morning coffee yesterday and was flagged down by a grandfather who wanted to know how to combat his grandson's odorous feet. Warm feet, socks, and shoes are the perfect habitat for fungi, bacteria, and viruses to thrive in because they like warm, moist environments. These organisms often cause the odor. Our feet have thousands of sweat glands, especially on the bottoms. Sports, anxiety, warm temperatures, pregnancy, obesity, certain diseases, and genetics can play a role in how sweaty a person's feet are on a regular basis. Daily bathing with extra attention to cleaning the areas between the toes is essential. Keeping the feet dry with anti fungal sprays and powders and wearing and regularly changing socks can also help. Additionally, socks that wick away moisture are very helpful and keeping the feet dry and reducing odor. Not wearing socks at all can increase the foot odor and make the shoes smell. Letting shoes air out over night in a well ventilated area is very helpful, and it is even better to rotate the shoes that are worn (alternating each day). Finally, spraying shoes out with lysol or a shoe deodorizer each day is a good way to reduce the odor in the shoes. Occasionally, prescription antiperspirants may also be needed to keep the feet dry and odor free. Foot problems? Give us a call, 708-763-0580.