Toe Conditions

Toe Conditions

The toes take up a very small part of the body, but they can make a huge difference in an individual’s life. When dealing with a toe condition, it can not only limit physical activity but also affect a person’s willingness to show their toes in public. Some toe conditions may start as a minor inconvenience, but they can quickly escalate into a significant medical problem if left unaddressed. StrideCare’s expert podiatry specialists are here to provide comprehensive care, offering both conservative and surgical treatment options as necessary. StrideCare’s specialists are eager to discuss patients’ unique needs and prepare the best plan of action to get them back on their feet.

Which Toe Conditions Can Be Treated at StrideCare?

Gout is a common form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness in the joints, often at the base of the big toe.
A gout attack can occur suddenly, often waking you up during the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the sheet on it may seem intolerable..
Your Risk of Gout Can Increase Due To:
Gout Treatments:
Pain and joint damage can get worse if gout is left untreated. If you’re experiencing a flare-up or have a history of gout, a podiatrist can help. Depending on severity and history, you may need any of these treatments.
Hammertoe is a foot condition where the toe has an abnormal bend, which can happen when continuous abnormal pressure is placed on the toe. This occurs when one or more of your middle toes are longer than the big toe, and when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly.
If you have bunions, it is very likely that you have or will have hammertoes. You’re also at a higher risk when you have diabetes, arthritis, a history of toe or foot injury, or an altered gait or walk.
Hammertoe Symptoms:
Hammertoe Treatments:

If you have hammertoes, you should seek treatment to avoid long-term complications and worsening foot pain. Initial treatment options are conservative and include specialized padding/taping/splints, anti-inflammatory medications, topical creams, custom orthotics, steroid injections, and/or physical therapy. If those treatments don’t help or your condition is too progressed, surgery may be the best option.

Ingrown Toenail
Have you ever experienced your toenail growing past the nail bed and digging into your skin, causing irritation and pain? That’s called an ingrown toenail and is a common condition, mostly occurring on the big toe. In fact, an estimated 20% of people who report toe issues to their family doctor have ingrown toenails.
One of the most common causes of ingrown toenails is improper toenail trimming—when you cut the nail too short or round the corners. Other causes include wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, genetics, toe/nail trauma, or toenail fungus. Additionally, if you have diabetes or poor circulation, you’re at a higher risk of developing ingrown toenail
Ingrown Toenail Symptoms:
Ingrown Toenail Treatments:

If left untreated, eventually the nail becomes embedded in the skin and can lead to infection. An untreated infection could spread to the tissues and bones of the foot and leg and eventually your bloodstream.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, please seek treatment, as the severity of an ingrown toenail can progress quickly. Treatment options include oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, toenail splint, and/or partial/complete removal of the nail—all of which can be performed in the office.

Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus often starts on the skin, spreading from other fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. It can affect one or more nails and may worsen over time if not treated. These types of infections typically grow and spread quickly in warm, damp places like inside socks and shoes.
Children and teens can get toenail fungus too. It’s essential to teach them to have good foot hygiene, not to share shoes or socks, and the importance of wearing shoes, especially in public places. Older adults are at higher risk for a fungal infection due to poor circulation, a less effective immune system, and difficulty keeping their feet dry and clean.
Toenail Fungus Factors that put you at Higher Risk:
Toenail Fungus Treatments:

Toenail fungus may not be painful, but you should see a podiatrist if you notice:

Toenail fungus can spread to other toenails or other people, so be sure to get treatment, if you suspect you may have symptoms. Treatments include laser therapy, antifungal soap, medications, and nail debridement. Severe and recurrent cases may require surgical removal of the nail.

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