Don’t let hammertoe pain and discomfort keep you from doing the things you love.
If you are dealing with painful bent toes then you could be dealing with a common foot condition known as a hammertoe. Catching the problem early is the best way to prevent it from getting worse. Learn about preventive measures you can take and the ways in which the doctors at New England Podiatry in Boston, MA treat hammertoes.
What causes a hammertoe to form?
This condition affects the smaller toes with contracture of the first and second joint of the toe. This often happens when there is an imbalance in the muscles and tendons that control the toes. If the toe is bent for a long period of time a rigid hammertoe can form.
Other reasons someone might develop a hammertoe include poorly fitted shoes, arthritis, genetic predisposition to developing hammertoes or injury to the toe. It is common for a callus to form on top of the affected toe due to the friction from shoe gear.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you suspect that you might have a hammertoe it is important that you schedule an evaluation. At New England Podiatry, we offer a variety of options for this condition. While surgery is the only way to correct the deformity, there are other methods to reduce your symptoms. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and swelling and to prevent the deformity from progressing.
You may find relief from your hammertoe symptoms by,
- Wearing practical, supportive and properly fitted shoes
- Following any foot exercises your podiatrist gives you to strengthen the muscles around the toe
- Applying a protective pad over the corn or callus when wearing shoes
Surgery is needed when other treatment options have failed. If your symptoms are persistent, severe, and affecting your quality of life our doctors will discuss whether hammertoe surgery may be the best option.
If you are looking for a board-certified podiatrist who can treat your hammertoe deformity or other foot problems, we are located in the Boston-metro west area. Call New England Podiatry today to find out how we can help you.
Don’t let a stubborn toenail fungus affect the health of your nails.
Fungal infections that penetrate the nail can cause yellowing, thickening and crumbling of the nail. If a fungal infection isn’t properly treated, not only can it permanently damage the nail, but it can also affect surrounding nails. The doctors at New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill and at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital have advanced treatments for this condition.
Conservative Treatment Options
If you have a fungal infection, you may wish to try and treat the problem on your own. If you are a healthy individual, treating the problem by yourself is fine; however, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, it’s important that you seek medical attention right away if you experience symptoms of a fungal infection.
The first line of defense is usually an over-the-counter anti-fungal treatment that you can get at your local pharmacy or grocery store without a prescription. When it comes to treating toenail fungus, you may find a medicated nail polish or ointment that you will need to apply each day for multiple weeks.
Unfortunately, these ointments aren’t always successful because they are not able to fully penetrate through the nail to reach the fungus that lies within or under the nail. While medicated nail polishes may be able to treat milder cases, it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist for more comprehensive and effective treatment.
Seeing Your Boston Podiatrist
We offer laser fungal treatment with the PinPointe Laser. Laser therapy is able to safely and effectively kill the fungal infection within and beneath the nail without affecting the nail or surrounding tissue. A follow-up treatment 2 to 3 months after the initial treatment may be needed. As the nails grow out, which can take between 3-6 months, we will monitor to see if the treatment has been successful. As a toenail fungal infection can reoccur, it is important to work on preventive measures such as avoiding going barefoot in the pool area or locker room, wearing shoes that fit comfortably and keeping your nails trimmed short.
New England Podiatry has offices in Chestnut Hill and Newton, MA, to serve you better. If you are having trouble getting your toenail fungal infection under control then it’s time you turned to our Boston foot care specialists. Call our Chestnut Hill, MA, office at (617) 232-1752 or our Newton-Wellesley, MA, office at (617) 630-8280 today.
- Overuse (running, tennis and other athletic activities)
- Overpronation, a gait problem involving an inward rotation of the foot
- Flat arches
- Poorly constructed shoes, particularly in the area of the arch
- Rigid calf muscles
- Custom-crafted shoe inserts (orthotics) to correct gait problems and provide adequate support
- Stretching exercises, particularly for the feet and calves
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen
- Weight loss
- A change in footwear
- Splints (typically worn at night)
- Cortisone injections
- Shockwave treatment
- Endoscopic surgery
Are you dealing with heel pain? It could be plantar fasciitis.
Do you have heel pain that radiates from the bottom of the heel to the arches? Do you have significant, sharp heel pain when first arising in the morning? If you said yes then your heel pain could be due to an overuse injury known as plantar fasciitis, which causes inflammation in the thick bundle of tissue that runs from the toes to the heels. From our Boston area podiatrists at New England PodiatryAssociates in Chestnut Hill, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and serving patients in the entire Boston metro area, find out what you can do to treat plantar fasciitis-related heel pain.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This condition is one that affects a thick, fibrous band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. This tissue serves to support the arch of the foot and it connects the toes with the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis can be acute or chronic. Acute forms often come about suddenly and can be triggered by an injury or by an intense workout. Chronic forms, on the other hand, often develop over time as a result of overuse.
What are the telltale symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most obvious symptom of this condition is pain at the bottom of the heel, which may extend to the arches of the foot. While the pain may be mild, you may notice more severe pain when walking around first thing in the morning. Symptoms may ease up throughout the day but get worse by the evening. Your foot pain may also be accompanied by stiffness.
When should I see a doctor?
If the pain doesn’t get better within a week, or if symptoms get worse then it’s a good idea to see one of our Boston area foot specialists as soon as possible for an evaluation.
I have plantar fasciitis. Now what?
Treating plantar fasciitis can be simple. In fact, some people can treat their symptoms with easy, at-home care and proper rest. The best thing you can do is to stay off your foot as much as possible and to avoid any high-impact activities like running.
Stretching your foot through the day and even wearing a brace to help support the arches and alleviate pain can help manage yoursymptoms. If your condition doesn’t improve with traditional treatments, your podiatrist will discuss other treatment options such as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) to alleviate pain and inflammation.
New England Podiatry Associates has locations in Chestnut Hill, at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and serves patients in Boston, Metro West and North and South Shores. Whether you are dealing with symptoms of plantar fasciitis or other foot pain, we are available for consultation.
Discover the best treatment options for getting rid of that unsightly toenail fungus.
Toenail fungal infections are more common than you might realize. In fact, if you are dealing with a toenail that is gnarled, thick and yellow then you are most likely dealing with a fungal infection. While it might not be causing you issues yet, it’s important that you nip this problem in the bud, as it isn’t always easy to treat on your own. Our podiatrists at New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill and Newton-Wellesley, MA, and serving patients in Boston, Metro West and North and South Shores are here to tell you your treatment options when it comes to dealing with a toenail fungus.
There are many articles on the Internet talking about different home remedies for killing toenail fungus. Of course, while some people may swear by certain home remedies, there is no substantial proof that this is an effective treatment option.
At home care you may have already tried include an over-the-counter antifungal treatment that is specifically designed to target toenail fungus. Most of these medications are topical, which means that you will need to apply it to the affected nail as directed.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you are treating your toenail fungus at home but it doesn’t seem to be responding to treatment it’s usually a good time to call our Boston foot doctor for an evaluation. Since fungal infections can get worse with time, it’s important that if at-home care isn’t helping that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Those with compromised immune systems, nerve damage in the feet or diabetes should always see a podiatrist right away if they experience changes in their feet, as even the most minor problems can become more serious if they aren’t properly and professionally treated.
Professional Treatment Options
Even though toenail fungus can be persistent or challenging to treat with at-home measures, our podiatric specialists near Boston have an effective laser treatment that can safely and effectively penetrate through the nail in ways that a topical antifungal can’t. The treatment itself only takes about 30-40 minutes, it’s painless and there is no recovery time.
Laser fungal treatment may be a great option for you if at-home treatments or prescription oral antifungal medication isn’t working for you. Those with severe or recurring infections may also want to consider getting laser treatment.
If you are dealing with severe or persistent fungal infections and are interested in how laser therapy can help you, then call New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill or Newton, MA, today.
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