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By Avon Podiatry Associates
May 25, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

You’ve got an ingrown toenail. Now what?

Ingrown toenails are nasty little issues. Rarely are they a cause for concern if you are otherwise healthy, but boy, can they be a painful nuisance. If you are dealing with an ingrown toenail right now or you deal with them frequently, here are some ways that you can treat them, as well as how our Avon, CT, podiatrist Dr. Richard Grayson can help.

Start With Home Care

If you’re dealing with minor redness and irritation but the nail isn’t showing signs of infection and you aren’t dealing with serious health problems such as diabetes, you can often treat an ingrown toenail from the comfort of home. Here are some helpful tips to ease symptoms,

  • Soak the affected foot in lukewarm water with Epsom salts for about 15 minutes, 2-3 times a day.
  • Make sure to always dry your feet thoroughly after soaking or showering.
  • Wear open-toed shoes or shoes that don’t put pressure on your toes (avoid high heels or shoes with a pointed toe).
  • You may wish to gently lift the edge of the nail away from the skin and a part of a cotton ball under there to keep it lifted away from the skin.
  • As the nail grows out, only trim your nails straight across, never at a curve.

Turn to a Podiatrist

It’s important to know when it might be time to turn to our Avon, CT, podiatrist Dr. Grayson rather than treating the ingrown toenail yourself. Remember, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, even something as simple and minor as an ingrown toenail can easily lead to something more serious, like an infection. So it’s essential that you turn to our team right away if you develop an ingrown toenail.

If you notice that your symptoms are getting worse, you think you have an infection, or if symptoms have persisted for more than five days despite home care, it’s time to seek out care from our qualified foot care team. If you have an infection, you may need antibiotics to treat it. We may even need to remove part or all of the nail in some cases.

Avon Podiatry Associates is here to ensure that you have the care you need to deal with everything from ingrown toenails and heel pain to sprains, fractures and everything in between. Call our office today at (860) 677-7733 to schedule an appointment with our Avon, CT, podiatrist Dr. Grayson.

By Avon Podiatry Associates
March 16, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

If you’re dealing with heel pain, you may notice that it’s difficult to walk normally and it’s painful to walk and enjoy the activities that you normally love. It’s important to understand why you may be dealing with heel pain and how you can manage your pain. Dr. Richard Grayson at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, can explain how you can deal with heel pain and start feeling comfortable throughout the day.

Dealing with Chronic Heel Pain

Dealing with heel pain can be frustrating and can make it hard to even walk around comfortably. You may not always experience pain while moving but have the most pain after you’ve been sitting for a prolonged period of time. Your podiatrist in Avon, CT, can explain what’s causing your heel pain and what treatments you can do to ease some of your pain throughout the day.

Heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis. This is when the plantar fascia, which stretches from the ball of the feet to the back of the foot, is enflamed and often overused. This occurs when you’re spending a lot of time on your feet or wearing improper footwear and have arch problems. You might notice that your heels feel stiff and sore and that it’s difficult to walk. Symptoms may be worst after waking up in the morning or after sitting once you’ve been standing for a long period of time.

Your podiatrist will help you discover how to manage your heel pain through a variety of treatments. You may do stretching exercises to help strengthen the plantar fascia and may need to wear splints while you sleep. You can also ice your feet to help with pain. In severe cases, we offer ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment). This treatment targets the heel and helps to stimulate the body's natural healing response.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today

Don’t hesitate to address your chronic heel pain. Contact Dr. Richard Grayson at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, to find out how to deal with your heel pain and live your best life. Call for more information today at (860) 677-7733.

By Avon Podiatry Associates
February 22, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunion  

Bunions are basically bony bumps that could develop on the base portion of the big toe joint. It usually happens when certain bones in your foot’s front region move out of position, causing the big toe to move toward the other toes, in turn, making the joint at the bottom portion of the big toe to stick out. Depending on the severity of your bunion, it may feel painful and sore.

Here at Avon Podiatry Associates, our podiatrist, Dr. Richard Grayson, can determine the extent of your bunion. Your treatment plan will be based on your bunion’s severity and your specific symptoms.

Conservative Bunion Treatments

These may help alleviate the pressure and pain of your bunion:

  • Wearing comfortable and roomy footwear with ample space for your sore toes.
  • Using OTC bunion cushions or paddings. These can serve as a buffer between the shoe and the foot and relieve your pain.
  • OTC non-steroidal medications for milder cases help control bunion pain, while cortisone injections may help extremely inflamed and painful bunions.
  • Padded footwear inserts could help in distributing pressure more evenly when you’re moving around to minimize your symptoms and prevent the bunion from worsening.
  • OTC supports could offer symptom relief for some individuals, while others may need prescription orthotic devices to help with their symptoms.

Surgical Interventions for Treating Bunions

If your symptoms persist even with conservative treatments, you may require surgery. Take note though that surgery will only be recommended when nothing else works on your symptoms and when your bunion is interfering with your quality of life. There are different surgeries used for bunions. Dr. Grayson will work with you to determine the best surgical interventions for your specific case. In general, however, surgery might entail the following:

  • Removing a part of your bone to straighten the big toe
  • Removing the inflamed tissue around the big toe
  • Correcting the big toe joint’s abnormal angle by realigning certain bones
  • Permanently joining the bones of the affected toe joint

Depending on the specific surgical procedures that will be used to treat your bunion, recovery could take a couple of weeks or months. So you should listen to all your doctor’s instructions to ensure quick and safe healing.

Get Relief for your Bunion Today

Book an appointment with our Avon, CT podiatrist, Dr. Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates. Call (860) 677-7733.

By Avon Podiatry Associates
January 25, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

If you suffer from bunions and are considering bunion surgery in Avon, CT, Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates can provide the care and treatment you need.

What Are Bunions?

In simple terms, a bunion is a bony lump on the outside of the toe, which is normally swollen and red. Typically, they develop on the outside of the big toe, but they might also form on the little toe.

Bunions can be uncomfortable and painful, making it difficult to wear shoes. It might also lead to numbness in the toe, trouble bending the toe, or the development of corns and calluses. Having bunions leads to the risk of more serious issues, such as bursitis, osteoarthritis, and bone spurs.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions often form simply due to the structure of your feet or from pressure when walking. They might also develop if you stand for long periods – especially in improperly-fitting shoes. Foot injuries or conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis can increase the chance of developing bunions.

Treatment of Bunions

There are a few non-surgical ways to manage bunion pain and discomfort, which include changing shoes, using orthotic devices, physical therapy exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, and steroid injections.

However, when these methods don’t relieve the pain or it becomes too difficult to walk, surgery is usually recommended. There are three types of surgery to address bunions.

  • Osteotomy: During this procedure, the surgeon makes incisions in the bone, and then puts in pins or screws to help realign the toe.
  • Exostectomy: With an exostectomy, the bunion is shaved off. Many times, an exostectomy and osteotomy are done together for better results.
  • Arthrodesis: If arthritis is the cause of your bunions, arthrodesis is used to remove the arthritic sections of the toe.

Recovery

After bunion surgery in Avon, CT, there are some steps you’ll have to take so that you can heal properly.

  • Keep the surgical site clean and dry – You’ll need to keep your bandages changed regularly and be careful when bathing.
  • Stay off your toe – It’s important that you don't put any unnecessary pressure on the toe that has been operated on. You will need someone to drive you home and help you out around the house for at least a couple of weeks.
  • Elevate it – Keep your foot propped up as much as possible.

Dr. Grayson will inform you of any additional instructions you need to follow.

If you are in need of bunion treatment or bunion surgery in Avon, CT, make an appointment with Dr. Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates by calling (860) 677-7733.

By Avon Podiatry Associates
January 20, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Diabetes  

If you've experienced an ingrown toenail, you know it's frustrating and painful. However, if you struggle with ingrown toenails in Avon, CT and you also have diabetes, it could lead to serious complications. Learn more about diabetes and an ingrown toenail by discussing the issue with Dr. Richard Grayson and the team at Avon Podiatry Associates today.

Diabetes and Foot Problems

An ingrown toenail – or any foot problem – combined with diabetes can lead to serious problems. Neuropathy, which is a condition that causes you to lose sensitivity in your feet, is linked to diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar levels damage nerves, especially in your feet.

So, what this means for ingrown toenails in Avon, CT. is you may not know you have an ingrown toenail. A reduction in foot sensitivity often leaves ingrown toenails unnoticed. For many people, they don't know until their toes are red, swollen or infected.

People with diabetes are especially susceptible to infections anywhere on their bodies. Most diabetics experience poor blood circulation and aren't able to fight off infections as well as a healthy person. And, a person with diabetes along with foot issues may not know they have an infection until it's too late. The bottom line is you may not feel the pain an ingrown toenail causes due to complications from diabetes.

Frequently Inspect Your Feet

Podiatrists recommend that you inspect your feet carefully every day if you have diabetes. Inspect your feet for cuts, redness, swelling, blisters or corns, – and pay close attention to the toenail borders. If you see any redness, swelling or the surrounding area feels extra sensitive or painful, you may be developing an ingrown toenail.

Treating An Ingrown Toenail

An experienced podiatrist like Dr. Grayson can easily treat an ingrown toenail. Fortunately, most cases heal with some effective at-home treatments like soaking your toe in warm water a few times a day. Unfortunately, some cases require the doctor to remove the part of the toenail that grew into your skin. You can also prevent ingrown toenails by cutting your nails straight across instead of cutting them at an angle.

To learn more about why ingrown toenails in Avon, CT and diabetes are a potentially serious combination, contact Dr. Grayson and our team at Avon Podiatry Associates by calling (860) 677-7733 today.



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