Q: Is there a reason why my toenails are becoming thick and discolored?
A: Usually, when people have thick and discolored toenails, there is mycosis (fungus) present. This is the same kind of fungus that causes athlete’s foot. Other causes of thickened nails are trauma to the nail, psoriasis, or yeast infection. This problem can be fixed with oral or topical medications. Also hygiene is important. Rotate your shoes, and always wear clean cotton socks. If your feet sweat a lot, you are more prone to mycosis. There is a very effective treatment for this.
Q: If I am diabetic, is an ingrown toenail more of a concern?
A: Yes! 10% of diabetic hospital admissions are due to ingrown toenails. Dr. Feldman always treats these as an emergency and will accommodate you on the same day, if he is in the office. Otherwise, he will make a special trip to the office on the next day. In the meantime, try soaking your foot in water with added Epson salts.
Q: What are bunions?
A: Bunions are a deformity in the big toe joint. These may be very painful, and we suggest you call our office so we can help you. Oftentimes bunions occur when you have a mechanical breakdown in the foot. If you have a bunion, we may suggest shoe modifications, steroid injections, foot insoles (orthotics), or surgery.
Q: Is surgery the best option to get rid of my foot pain?
A: Dr. Feldman always takes the conservative approach. Surgery should be the last option, not the first.
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Q: Why does my heel suddenly hurt, especially upon getting out of bed in the morning?
A: you have probably developed Plantar Fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome. The good news
Is that is very easy to treat. You can start by icing your foot, and doing stretching exercises. If you are still having pain, please make an appointment to see Dr. Feldman.