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You wake up one day and your toe is just killing you. You know you should have that ingrown toenail taken care of by your podiatrist, but you’re so busy you just can’t be bothered. Instead you decide to perform what I call “Bathroom Surgery”. What's that you’re probably thinking? It’s literally any procedure you decide to take on yourself where you’re puncturing the skin. I’ve had patients perform this on ingrown nails, warts, and corns. Just recently one of my patients came in after performing bathroom surgery on his ingrown nail and he came into my office with a terrible infection.

Although this doesn’t happen too often, I do see 2-3 cases of bathroom surgery on an ingrown toenail a year; usually by men. OK guys. Listen up. You probably perform all kinds of surgery on your car and other things around your house, but that doesn’t mean you should be monkeying around with your own toes.

So what can you do if you have a painful toe and you know it’s an ingrown nail?

-Treat your toe with kindness, instead of brute force; soak your throbbing toe in a foot bath.

-Stop playing sports so you don’t add insult to injury.

-Avoid tight shoes – if you have tight shoes that are irritating your toenail, wear ones that have a larger toe box.

-Get some new shoes- if you’re favorite tennis shoes are putting pressure on your achy toe, it’s time to buy some new shoes. As we age our feet get bigger, sometimes by a whole size. Don’t suffer needlessly.

Finally as your Seattle podiatrist I highly recommend you make an appointment with my office so you can have professional surgery on your toenail. You'll feel relief after the first visit.

Call us at 206-368-7000. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Your free foot book "No More Foot Pain" is waiting to be sent to your home.

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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What an amazing Memorial Day weekend. Several patients told me they managed to pursue camping, hiking, and sailing on Puget Sound, despite glitches in the weather. As a sailor myself, I can tell you that preparation is the key to safety and enjoyment. 

Keeping your feet healthy during your desired summer activities can also be achieved by using good judgment and performing a few preventive measures before you set out. 

Start with the right shoe for the right activity. We get into the habit of using our getaway, slip on shoes. These may be fine for a quick trip to the grocery store, but if you wear them for prolonged walking or hiking you may find your feet complaining.

During the summer we go barefoot in sandals and increase our overall level of exercise, with skincare at the bottom of our priority list. Moisturizing regularly can help maintain the elasticity of the skin and prevent cracking and blister formation.

Also, be sure you’re prepared with the right amount of sail for the weather you encounter. This takes experience and good judgment. For example, when your best friend asks you to go on a pretty hefty hiking trail and it’s been five years since you’ve strapped on your boots, it would be a wise choice to convince your friend to go on a milder hike. You should also try on your boots and walk around in them to ensure they still fit you well.

Why?

Particularly as we get older, leaping into an activity without building up to it and preparing your muscles and tendons for the load you’ll experience can lead to ankle sprains and other foot problems. Ill-fitting shoes and shoes that haven’t been broken in properly will only add to your problems and can result in blisters, corns, aggravation of plantar fasciitis, bunions, and other foot problems you already have.

So do yourself a favor.

Prepare in advance to prevent your feet and ankles from screaming at you.

Safe Sailing! 

By Dr. Rion Berg
March 07, 2013
Category: foot care
Tags: corns   warts   calluses   seed corns  

Corns and calluses are virtually the same thing; a thickening of the skin that forms in response to too much pressure. Commonly the larger areas forming under the ball of the foot are called calluses, and the smaller ones with a hard “core” are referred to as corns. These can form when there is too much pressure typically under one bone in the ball of the foot when it is lower than another. They can also form on the tops or tips of toes when there are hammertoes. The most important thing to understand, is that there are NO roots to a corn or callus.  If there were a root, then removing the center of the corn would prevent it from coming back. The problem stems from pressure from a bone out of alignment , metatarsal or hammertoe, pressure from the top of the shoe, or pressure from wearing heels.

Warts are caused by a virus. They can look similar to a corn, but the wart is frequently more elevated, interrupts the normal skin lines, may increase in size and number grouped in a small area, and will bleed when trimmed superficially. 

Seed Corns: these are very tiny, are sometimes grouped, and can be very painful.  They are often confused with warts, as they can be grouped, but like other corns they really don’t have a root and will not go away easily.

Treatment of Corns and Calluses
Trimming of corns and calluses will bring temporary relief, along with padding or use of pads to offload the corn that have the center cut out. Toe separators may be used to alleviate the pressure causing corns between toes.Do Not use medicated corn pads or liquid corn remover containing salicylic acid. It is the fastest way to developing a severe inflammation or infection.If you have hammertoes, you may need shoes with a deeper toe box.

Seed corns are thought to be caused by very dry skin. They require professional care to restore the skin to a healthier deeper layer, and then begin an aggressive moisturizing program.

Warts are treated with many different methods.  Before treating a wart, you should first see your podiatrist to be sure that this is the correct diagnosis. The treatment method chosen is based upon the degree of pain present, whether the number of warts is increasing, and must be matched to each individual’s work and play schedule. Warts can be very resistant to treatment, and it is not uncommon for more than one approach to be utilized to resolve them completely.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about foot and ankle problems, download our eBook, "No More Foot Pain".

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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