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By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
September 16, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Toe Pain   Toenails  

We've all been there, in the middle of the night stumping our toe on furniture. But trauma to toenails can occur for many different reasons. Toenails can become damaged after an injury to the foot or after repeated stress while wearing ill-fitting shoes. The symptoms can often be treated at home if they're mild, but you should always seek the advice of your podiatrist. Learn more about what to do in the case of toenail trauma by contacting Dr. Rose Sotolongo in Ridgeland, MS.

Common Causes and Prevention

Accidents are hard to predict, it's in their nature that we can't always see them coming. But we can do a lot to prepare against them.

While at work, follow guidelines relating to protective steel toe shoes or similar protections if you handle heavy objects daily. Shoes should also not be tight-fitting so that your toes aren't bunched up against the walls of the shoe, or against other toes. It isn't always a sudden impact that can cause trauma to toenails, as wearing the wrong shoes while running or just walking can cause problems over time, a common result is an ingrown toenail. If nails are improperly cut they can also lead to complications.

Caring For Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be submerged in warm water to help with the inflammation, this should be done a few times a day. Over-the-counter medicine can also help if inflammation or pain is present, even without an ingrown toenail. What you shouldn't do is attempt to pry the toenail on your own, especially if you suspect it's already infected.

Your doctor can safely treat your injured nail, whether it's ingrown or broken, and trim it so that it might grow naturally. When the damage and infection are more extensive, removing the nail may be necessary, either partially or completely.

Toe Pain Treatment in Ridgeland, MS

Don't just learn to live with the pain, as it's very unlikely that it will go away on its own, given that you'll continue to use your feet to get around, probably making the problem worse. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Sotolongo in Ridgeland, MS, by dialing (601) 206-9101.

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
June 07, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Keeping toenail fungus under control isn't always easy. If your nails are still yellow after trying a variety of over-the-counter fungus products, it's time to visit your podiatrist in Ridgeland, MS, Dr. Rose Sotolongo of The Foot Doctor.

Getting your toenail fungus under control

No matter how diligently you apply drugstore products, your nails may still be yellow and thick. Although over-the-counter medications can kill fungus in the outer layers of the nails, they aren't as effective in reaching the deeper layers of the tissue under your nails.

Fortunately, your Ridgeland foot doctor offers treatments that are very effective in killing fungus in your entire nail and the nail bed. Depending on your condition, she may prescribe topical medications that work much more effectively than over-the-counter products.

If your toenail fungus is particularly stubborn and topical medications aren't helping, oral anti-fungal medication or laser treatment may be the next step. Oral medications can kill the fungus in six to 12 weeks. The treatment isn't recommended if you have liver disease or congestive heart failure.

Laser treatment kills fungus immediately. Laser light generates heat that destroys the fungus and the yellow pigment that gives it its color.

Removal of the nail might be necessary if the fungus doesn't respond to other treatments. Removing the nail makes it much easier to treat the fungus in the nail bed.

Keep in mind that you won't see an immediate change in the appearance of your nails after any treatment. Although the fungus will be dead, your nail will remain yellow. As the nail grows, you'll start to see clear growth emerging from the bottom. In a matter of months, the nail will begin to look much better.

Protecting your toenails after treatment

Although the fungus in your nails will be killed after your treatment, you can still develop a new fungal infection. Decrease your risk of developing an infection by:

  • Wearing sandals in public showers, locker rooms, and while walking on pool decks
  • Switching your shoes every day to allow sweat to dry fully
  • Using powder to reduce sweating
  • Wearing moisture-wicking socks
  • Changing sweaty socks throughout the day
  • Washing your feet every day (including every time you change sweaty socks)

Are you struggling with toenail fungus? Call your podiatrist in Ridgeland, MS, Dr. Rose Sotolongo of The Foot Doctor, at (601) 206-9101 to schedule an appointment.

By Rose Sotolongo DPM
April 26, 2021
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Where do you go to heal foot pain? What doctors in Ridgeland, MS, can relieve my foot pain? These are the questions you may be asking yourself if it is time to see your local podiatrist. Your podiatrist, Rose Sotolongo DPM, at The Foot Doctor should be your first stop when any foot or ankle pain occurs. It is not normal to have constant foot pain so do not hold off on a visit just because you think you can walk it off. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment to see your local podiatrist.

Signs it's time to see your podiatrist:

  • Continuous heel pain
  • You have diabetes
  • Numbness in the foot or ankle
  • Persistent heel pain
  • Continuous ankle joint pain
  • Sprained or broken foot or ankle
  • Nail fungus
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Pain when walking and doing normal activities
  • Athlete's foot

As you can see, a podiatrist can aid in a wide variety of foot and ankle issues. If you live in the Ridgeland, MS, area and are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms you should call Dr. Sotolongo right away.

See your podiatrist if you have persistent foot or ankle pain. Continuous pain in your foot is usually caused by inflamed muscles and tendons that have been over-worked or put under abrupt stress. It can sometimes be hard to tell if the pain is related to a sprain after an accident, so it is best to visit your doctor where they will have the tools necessary to properly diagnosis you.

A podiatrist can also help if you are experiencing any form of fungal infection. Athlete's foot, plantar warts, or nail fungus can easily be treated by your podiatrist. Over-the-counter remedies can work for some of these problems, but it is best to go to your doctor to get properly diagnosed to receive the correct treatment.

Diabetes is a serious condition that affects the whole body, particularly the feet. Diabetes can reduce the blood flow to your legs and feet, making it harder for infections to heal or for your feet to feel. If you have diabetes you should visit your podiatrist regularly, at least once a year, to prevent further complications. It also does not hurt to check your feet daily for any signs of lost sensitivity or irregularity.
For those in the Ridgeland, MS, area who are suffering from foot or ankle pain, visit Dr. Sotolongo at The Foot Doctor, or call (601) 206-9101 to schedule an appointment to fix your feet.

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
March 01, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can make every step you take a chore and can impede your everyday life, not just your work. The good news is that it's a treatable condition and there are a few things that you can do at home to manage the pain and symptoms, but you can always turn to your podiatrist for help. For more information contact Dr. Rose Sotolongo of The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, MS.

What Causes Heel Pain

A condition called plantar fasciitis is the most common cause for heel pain because of where it develops, on the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot.

It can occur because of problems with the structure of the foot. Those with flat feet, that is, without or with minimal arches to their feet, are more likely to develop heel pain as they don't have these to help support the weight of the body. In turn, irritating the plantar fascia.

Obesity and working for very long hours on your feet will tend to overstrain them and often lead to heel pain.

At-home Treatments

If you are experiencing heel pain the first thing you would be recommended to do is rest. Continuing to put your heel through the same strain is only bound to make it worse.

Ice can help with the inflammation if applied throughout the day, for about 20 minutes at a time, just make certain not to apply it directly to the skin. A common technique is to place some ice in a plastic bag and then wrap that in a towel before pressing it to the heel.

Over-the-counter medication can further aid against inflammation and pain, but if you notice no progress after a few weeks then it's time to visit your podiatrist.

Heel Pain Treatment in Ridgeland, MS

Your podiatrist can treat your heel pain through a number of different approaches. Custom orthotic devices can bring your feet the much-needed support to carry on with everyday activities.

Because the pain is most often noticeable in the mornings after waking, and can temporarily diminish as you walk, your podiatrist can prescribe a night splint that keeps your heel stretched as you sleep.

Other treatments may be proposed based on the severity of your condition, such as injection therapy, physical therapy, or even surgery, but most patients see results with nonsurgical treatments.

The first step toward pain relief is coming into the office, so make an appointment today with Dr. Sotolongo of The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland, MS, by dialing (601) 206-9101.

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
December 17, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Toe Pain  

If you are wondering what is causing your toe pain you may want to turn to a podiatrist.

Throbbing, aching, and tingling toes are an unusual and uncomfortable sensation. There are also a variety of reasons why this might be happening, from minor irritations to conditions that require immediate attention. If you are dealing with persistent toe pain it’s important to see our Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, for a proper evaluation.

Toe pain may be accompanied by other symptoms such as burning, numbness, swelling, or discoloration. Make sure to discuss any toe pain symptoms with our Ridgeland, MS, foot doctor. If you are noticing redness, skin that’s warm to the touch, or fever, these are signs of an infection that require prompt medical attention.

What causes toe pain?

Causes of toe pain range from minor injuries such as stubbing your toe to more serious health problems. Injuries that can lead to toe pain include,

  • Burns and lacerations
  • Blisters
  • Strains and sprains
  • Broken toes and fractures
  • Dislocated joints
  • Frostbite

Infections that can cause toe pain include,

  • Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot
  • An infected cut or sore
  • Cellulitis (skin infection)

Other conditions that can cause toe pain include,

  • Bursitis and tendinitis
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Nerve compression
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy

If you’ve stubbed your toe or recently injured it running or during physical activity, then you can easily ease your pain and rest to give your toe time to heal. Other ways to improve toe pain caused by minor injuries include,

  • Elevating the injured foot
  • Wearing open-toed shoes or shoes with a wide toe box
  • Taking pain relievers like ibuprofen 48 hours after the injury (do not take it right after)
  • Performing gentle, easy foot stretches every day
  • Wrapping or taping the toe, particularly if it’s broken

When should I see a doctor about my toe pain?

It’s always a good idea to see a doctor if,

  • You are dealing with any kind of foot pain that lasts more than 2 weeks or doesn’t respond to home care
  • You are dealing with pain that’s intense or prevents you from going about your normal daily routine
  • You notice numbness, weakness, or tingling in the foot
  • You have also been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet

Toe pain should not go ignored, and our Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist Dr. Sotolongo and her team can help you find out what’s causing your pain and how to best treat it. To schedule an evaluation, call The Foot Doctor at (601) 206-9101.

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