New Year..............New Nails
We all take our feet and toenails for granted. But it’s a good idea to examine your toes regularly to look for signs of any nail-related problems.
This common problem results when a corner or side of a toenail grows into your toe’s soft flesh. Symptoms include pain, redness, swelling and sometimes infection. Ingrown toenails are usually caused by shoes that are too tight or narrow and crowd the toes or by rounding your nail when you trim it instead of cutting straight across.
Left untreated, the infection can affect the underlying bone. It’s best to make an appointment at our office if you see pus or increasing redness at the site, or if you have a complicating condition like diabetes.
When nails become brittle, they may break or split or peel off in horizontal layers. Nail brittleness may result from trauma or repeated exposure to harsh solvents like nail polish remover. Nutritional deficiency, nail fungus and some medical conditions and skin diseases like psoriasis can also cause brittleness.
Keeping toenails trimmed and moisturized, and eating a balanced diet may help reduce symptoms. If not, please call us for an examination.
Toenail fungus causes the nail to thicken, change color and crumble at the edge. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments like the inside of your shoes.
Nail fungus often recurs if not treated properly the first time. If it persists, or if you have diabetes or other complicating condition, call us for an appointment as soon as possible.
Our office offers many treatment options for clearing toenail fungus. Treatment options include a topical antifungal nail treatment and/or laser treatment. Clinical studies show that our laser treatment kills toenail fungus and promotes clear nail growth with a single treatment in more than 80% of cases. However, three treatments are recommended over the course of three months. The procedure is painless, takes less than 20 minutes, and is performed in our office. If you are concerned about your toenails, remember that sandal season starts in about 3 months. So today is the day to get started!
Protect Your Feet while Enjoying Winter Sports
Winter sports are fun! Skiing, snowboarding, skating and sledding can be great fun but require you to protect your feet from exposure to extreme weather.
Follow these tips for a winter full of safe and comfortable fun:
- Keep feet warm with waterproof boots and shoes that are properly insulated.
- Wear a pair of good acrylic socks to wick moisture away from the skin.
- Wear only footwear specifically designed for your sport.
- Make sure boots and skates fit well: toes should be roomy, but the heel and ball of your foot should be snug.
- When running on ice and snow, try not to alter how your foot strikes the ground. Instead, shorten your gait. Add spikes to your running shoes when running on ice.
- Feet will sweat when wearing warm socks and insulated boots. Add foot powder inside socks, and change quickly into dry footwear to prevent chilly feet.
Beware of Frostbite
Monitor yourself and especially children for symptoms of frostbite. Toes are especially susceptible and, if severe, frostbite can cause nerve damage and infection.
- Cold, prickly skin
- White, red, bluish or grayish skin
- Waxy-looking or hard skin
- Clumsiness because of muscle and joint stiffness
- Blistering in severe cases
If you suspect frostbite, get out of the cold and remove any wet clothes. Soak affected areas in warm – not hot – water, no more than 108 degrees. Seek medical attention for severe frostbite or if you suspect hypothermia.
Winter sports can lead to blisters, neuromas, sprains, strains, bleeding under the toenail and fractures. You probably won’t have these issues in Katy but if you do please call our office immediately for an appointment. If you are out of town and experience any of these symptoms and have any concerns, please visit an urgent care center or emergency room as soon as possible.
Recipe of the Month
Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole Recipe
Having a crowd over to watch the Super Bowl? Here's a great pasta dish you can make ahead of time in your slow cooker. Enjoy the game with your friends!
- 1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni or large tube pasta
- 1-½ pounds ground turkey
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 16 oz. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 2 15 oz. cans pizza sauce
- 1 10-¾ oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
- 8 oz. sliced pepperoni (optional)
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook ground turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
2. Drain pasta; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the turkey mixture, cheese, pizza sauce, soup and pepperoni. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Recipe courtesy of TasteofHome.com