Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Pregnancy, particularly during the third trimester,  can contribute to pain in the front of the foot. This discomfort is mostly because of natural weight gain and the resulting increase in pressure on the feet. Additionally, hormonal changes during pregnancy cause the ligaments in the body to relax and stretch in preparation for childbirth, which can lead to a spreading of the feet and a decrease in arch support. This combination of factors can strain the forefoot and lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis, which results in pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot or heel. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can provide personalized advice on how to manage this pain. Suggestions may include wearing supportive footwear, custom orthotics, and engaging in gentle foot exercises. If you are pregnant and experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Kent DiNucci, DPM from The Ankle and Foot Clinic . Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Omaha, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, or unguium, is a common fungal infection that affects the toenails, often leading to discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of the nails. The condition is caused by various types of fungi, primarily dermatophytes, which thrive in warm, moist environments such as sweaty shoes or communal bathing areas. Risk factors for toenail fungus include poor hygiene, wearing tight-fitting shoes, walking barefoot in public places, and having a weakened immune system. Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination and may include nail scrapings or clippings for laboratory testing. Podiatrists can offer various treatments for toenail fungus, including topical antifungal medications, oral antifungal drugs, laser therapy, and surgical nail removal, in severe cases. If you have signs of toenail fungus, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for proper treatment.

For more information about treatment, contact Kent DiNucci, DPM of The Ankle and Foot Clinic . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Omaha, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe.

In fact, most of the time it comes on very quickly and stays for a couple weeks if not treated right away.  Keep in mind that once gout has occurred in a joint there small crystals that are deposited in the joint tissue.  These don't completely go away and will always be around, thus being the nidus for a future gout attack.  This is why if a person has more than one gout attack in the same place it is important to have your uric acid tested and see your PCP for preventative treatment for this.  

Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

When dealing with corns on the feet, it is important to prioritize safe removal techniques, particularly if you have underlying health conditions, like diabetes. Seeking professional help from a podiatrist is essential, especially if the corns are painful or if there are concerns about infection or other complications. A podiatrist may use various methods for safe corn removal, including trimming them with a small knife or applying salicylic acid patches to soften them. These procedures are performed in a controlled medical setting to minimize the risk of infection. Additionally, the podiatrist may address underlying structural issues that can contribute to corn formation, such as bunions or hammer toes. It is important to refrain from attempting corn removal yourself, especially for individuals with diabetes or circulation problems. If you have a problem with a corn on the foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for its safe removal.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Kent DiNucci, DPM of The Ankle and Foot Clinic . Our doctor  will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Omaha, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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