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By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
August 07, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Do your toes hurt? Do they look dark and swollen? If so, you could be suffering from ingrown toenails. An unfortunately common problem, ingrown toenails can make it painful to put on shoes, walk, or even stand still. Luckily, your local podiatrist is here to help! Dr. Rose M. Sotolongo in Ridgeland, MS, offers a wide range of foot care services, including effective treatments for ingrown toenails—read on to learn how she can help you.

More about Ingrown Toenails

This condition occurs when a toenail curves into the adjoining flesh, consequently causing pressure, fluid buildup, and pain. While sometimes ingrown toenails are inveitable (as in times of physical trauma), there are still a number of steps you can take in order to prevent ingrown toenails. Remember to:

  • Always wear comfortable shoes that don’t crush your toes
  • Always cut your toenails straight across with no rounded corners
  • Never cut toenails too short

If you already have an ingrown toenail, it is sometimes possible to find relief from the pain by implementing a few simple home remedies, including:

  • Soaking your toe several times each day in warm water
  • Gently placing dental floss underneath your toenail to raise it up from your skin
  • Supporting and cushioning your toe with cotton
  • Applying antibiotic cream and bandaging your toe
  • Wearing sandals or open-toed shoes until your toe heals

For stubborn, painful ingrown toenails that don’t respond to home therapies, it’s best to seek out the help of your podiatrist. Dr. Sotolongo may recommend:

  • Thinning or trimming your toenail to reduce pressure
  • Lifting the nail up off of the surrounding tissue to allow the nail to grow freely
  • Removing part or all of your ingrown toenail to allow a healthy new nail to grow

Contact Us

Ingrown toenails can cause pressure, pain, and an unsightly appearance. However, f you are struggling with ingrown toenails, don’t worry—relief is just a phone call away. Pick up your phone and dial (601) 206-9101 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rose M. Sotolongo in Ridgeland, MS, today!

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
April 23, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Toe Pain  

Dealing with toe pain? Read on to find out what might be going on.

There are many reasons why our toes can cause us pain, ranging from a simple injury to a larger structural abnormality in the foot. In fact, toe paintoe pain is a pretty common symptom. So, what could be going on and does it warrant a trip to the Ridgeland office of podiatrist Dr. Rose Sotolongo? It’s time to find out!


The Most Common Causes of Toe Pain

Most people who are suffering from toe pain are dealing with,

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Bunions
  • Scrapes, cuts, or open wounds
  • Injuries (e.g. turf toe)
  • Broken bone
  • Athlete’s foot (may also experience cracking, burning, and itching skin)
  • Fungal nail infection
  • Blisters
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Sesamoiditis

Certain types of arthritis such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the toe joints and lead to pain and stiffness. Sometimes, this pain may also be accompanied by numbness, burning, tingling, or weakness. It’s important that if you are experiencing any of these changes in your feet that you talk to your foot doctor in Ridgeland, MS, right away.


Caring for Toe Pain

If you aren’t sure of what’s causing your symptoms, then it’s a good idea to turn to a doctor who can look at your foot and determine the cause of your pain. Pinpointing the root cause will help us create the most effective treatment plan. For example, how we decide to treat an injury or a minor acute problem is going to be different than a chronic condition which will require ongoing maintenance.

The first course of action for injuries or more minor conditions include simple at-home care such as,

  • Over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Icing the affected toe for several minutes 2-3 times a day
  • Resting the foot and elevating it to reduce swelling
  • Avoiding certain activities that could exacerbate the pain
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes that don’t put pressure on the toes
  • Applying orthotics into your shoes to provide additional support and cushioning

Sometimes our foot specialist will recommend certain exercises, especially if you are dealing with certain deformities like a bunion or hammertoe that can be eased with simple stretching and strengthening exercises. Conditions that are chronic, such as arthritis, may require more long-term treatment options such as routine physical therapy, rehabilitation, or even surgery.

If foot pain is affecting your daily routine and isn’t responding to at-home care, then it’s time to call our Ridgeland, MS, podiatry office to find out what’s going on. Call us today at (601) 206-9101 to schedule your evaluation!

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
January 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

Though foot pain affects many people and is a common complaint, its causes can greatly vary. Pinpointing the root of your foot pain can help you and your doctor create a treatment plan that will get you back on your feet and help you remain pain-free. Read below to learn Foot Painmore about foot pain and how your podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo at The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, MS, can help treat it.


When should I see a doctor for my foot pain?
If your foot pain lasts for more than a few days, becomes severe, or begins affecting your daily life, you should schedule a visit with your doctor to have it checked out. Additionally, if your foot pain is due to injury and you are feeling pain so severe that you cannot put any weight on the foot, are experiencing severe swelling, or there is a visible lump or bump in the painful area, you should seek medical care as soon as possible.


How will my doctor diagnose my foot pain?
At your examination, your podiatrist will use various techniques to investigate your symptoms. Imaging techniques, such as MRIs or x-rays, will help your doctor see into your foot to examine its bones and connective tissues. They will use your physical exam to inspect the outside of your foot and search for abnormalities, as well as gather your lifestyle, family, and medical history. Together, these clues can help your podiatrist find the correct diagnosis to begin treating your condition.


Treating foot pain
The treatment for your foot pain will depend on the condition or injury causing it and its severity. In some cases, foot pain may respond quickly to the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method, while others may require therapies, such as physical therapy or injection therapy, or even surgery. Working with your foot doctor is the best way to find the appropriate treatment for your foot pain.


Need help? Call our Ridgeland office today!

For more information on foot pain, its causes, and its treatments, please contact Dr. Rose Sotolongo at The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, MS. Call (601) 206-9101 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Sotolongo today!

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Aging Feet  

Elderly FeetThe feet endure a lot of wear and tear over the years. As the feet age, they can become more prone to foot pain, injury, or arthritis and other conditions. Since the feet can become more vulnerable with age, it is important not to neglect them. There are many things you can do to care for aging feet, including seeing a podiatrist for periodic checkups. A podiatrist can check for potential problems and recommend specific ways to care for your feet. At The Foot Doctor, Dr. Rose Sotolongo is your Ridgeland, MS podiatrist for helping you maintain healthy feet.

Caring for Your Feet

There are several things you can do on your own to care for aging feet. Wearing supportive shoes that fit properly is a great way to take care of your feet. Wearing shoes with insufficient support can lead to injuries, such as ankle sprains. Wearing shoes that are too tight or do not fit properly can result in the development of bunions. Other ways to care for aging feet include:

  • Keeping the feet clean and dry
  • Moisturizing the feet after washing
  • Keeping the toenails trimmed
  • Wearing shoes with adequate support
  • Wearing shoes that are not too tight
  • Taking walks regularly to keep the blood flowing

Seeing a Ridgeland podiatrist regularly is another important way to care for aging feet. During the foot exam, the podiatrist can check that the feet are healthy and recommend specific ways to avoid sustaining an injury or developing a painful condition, such as arthritis. For individuals who do develop arthritis in the feet or ankles, a podiatrist can recommend methods and techniques for managing any pain or discomfort resulting from the arthritis.

Caring for your feet is especially important as they begin to age. Proper care can help you minimize or avoid injuries, foot pain, and other problems. Caring for your feet includes periodic podiatry exams. To schedule a podiatry exam with Dr. Sotolongo, your Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist, call The Foot Doctor at (601) 206-9101.

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
July 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

What could be causing your persistent foot pain?

Whether you noticed pain while shooting hoops with friends, while going on your normal run, or while getting out of bed in the morning, once that pain is there you want to figure out what to do to make it go away and fast. Luckily, our Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, is ready to help you find that source so that you can walk easier and without pain.

What causes foot pain?

While there are certainly some conditions that are more common than others, there are so many disorders and conditions that can lead to foot pain that it’s impossible to determine the exact cause just through online research alone. However, figuring out what could be causing your problems could help you determine whether you need to schedule a checkup with our Ridgeland foot doctor or whether you can treat the symptoms all by yourself.

So, what could be causing your foot pain? Well, a lot depends on the location of the pain, so let’s look at that first.

Heel Pain

If you are dealing with heel pain, you may want to thank plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the thick band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs the length of your foot. This is an overuse injury. Of course, other causes of heel pain include:

  • Heel spurs
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stone bruise
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Fractured heel

Arch Pain

If the arches are feeling achy this could actually still be the cause of plantar fasciitis. While pain from the condition is usually concentrated in the heel the pain can still radiate to the arches since the plantar fascia tissue also provides support for the arches of your feet.

Other causes of arch pain include:

  • Fallen arches (also referred to as flat feet)
  • Stress fractures
  • Sprains and bruises
  • Arthritis

Ball-of-the-Foot Pain

If you are dealing with pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot, you could be dealing with a common overuse injury known as metatarsalgia. This is common in runners and other athletes, especially if they don’t wear properly fitted footwear.

Other causes of pain in the ball of the foot include Morton’s neuroma and sesamoiditis.

Toe Pain

There are quite a few conditions that can lead to toe pain. Gout, a type of arthritis, can flare up and lead to severe pain and inflammation of the toe (usually the big toe). Other causes of toe pain include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Claw toe
  • An ingrown toenail

If you are dealing with severe foot pain, or if the pain doesn’t get better with at-home care and maintenance, then it’s time to turn to our Ridgeland, MS, foot specialist to figure out what might be going on so that you can get back on your feet in no time.

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