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There are many people who notice they have dry skin on their feet, especially in the cold months. This could lead to a condition that is referred to as cracked heels, which may become a serious ailment if it is not treated properly. Some of methods that can be used to prevent cracked heels include moisturizing the feet within five minutes of bathing, and wearing shoes that have a closed back. Dry skin on the heels may be prevented by applying a balm and wearing socks before bed. People who are obese may experience cracked heels, as a result of the extra weight the feet must endure. There may be existing medical conditions that can lead to this ailment, such as diabetes and thyroid disorders. Cracked heels can cause pain and discomfort, and may bleed in severe cases. If you notice dry skin on your heels, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist before it becomes worse and develops into cracked heels.


 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 26 May 2022 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 00:00

Different Types of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus has noticeable symptoms consisting of a yellowing and thickening of the toenails. In severe cases, the nail may crumble and fall off. The infection is caused by a fungal microbe that can enter the body through the nail bed. There are different types of toenail fungus, and the most common is referred to as onychomycosis which can be associated with diabetic patients. Additionally, elderly people and patients with a compromised immune system can develop this type of fungal infection. Paronychia occurs when the tissue folds surrounding the nail become inflamed. Toenail fungus is contagious, and it thrives in warm and moist environments. These can include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. If you are in these areas, it is suggested that you wear appropriate shoes, and refrain from sharing towels, socks and shoes. A proper diagnosis consists of clipping a piece of the nail and observing it through a microscope. This will determine what type of fungus is present. If you have developed toenail fungus, please confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment solutions.

For more information about treatment, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM of Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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The bones in the ankle that are prone to breaking are the tibia, fibula, and talus. The tibia and fibula can be felt on the outside of the ankle, while the talus is deep within the ankle. If significant pressure is applied to these bones from occurrences such as a car accident, falling or tripping, the impact of heavy weight, overuse, or a misstep, can all result in a break. A broken ankle can lead to loss of blood supply, damage to neighboring tissues, improper healing, and sharp pieces of bone from the break compressing or severing nearby nerves or blood vessels. It is important to see a podiatrist if you have broken your ankle in order to obtain proper treatment and to prevent more serious complications from arising.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022 00:00

Is Arthritis Causing My Ankle Pain?

You may have pain in the ankle joint, where the shinbone or tibia rests on the top foot bone or talus. If you have arthritis in this joint, you will often experience pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty walking or moving your ankle freely. This type of arthritis may develop from an old injury, like a previous fracture, or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). If you have arthritis in your ankle, you might benefit from resting your ankle, or exercising in ways that put less stress on the ankle, like swimming or cycling. Because there are many possible reasons for ankle pain, visiting a podiatrist for an evaluation is suggested. A podiatrist will examine your feet and legs, observe your walking, check the pattern of wear on your shoes, and/or perform imaging tests. 



 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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A large band of tissue that lies on the bottom of the foot connects the toes to the heels. This is known as the plantar fascia, and plantar fasciitis is the term used if it becomes inflamed. Many runners experience this condition, which often causes severe pain and discomfort. Additionally, people who stand on hard surfaces for most of the day may develop plantar fasciitis. Patients who are obese may develop this ailment as a result of the added weight the feet endure. There are a number of strengthening exercises that may bring mild relief. These include standing on a step and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Some patients find it helps when they roll their foot over a tennis ball. If you have plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment techniques. 


 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM  from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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