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Posts for: November, 2018

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
November 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Ingrown toenails may begin mildly but can quickly go from bad to worse. This frustrating and painful condition can affect anyone and cause significant issues. Unlike other foot-related conditions, which are often due to genetics or underlying conditions, ingrown toenails are almost always preventable and often come from lifestyle choices like the type of shoes you wear or the way you trim your toenails.

Do I have an ingrown toenail?

Ingrown toenails are easy to spot if you know what to look for. The nail begins to grow inward, curling in on one or both sides of the toenail and digging into the skin. An ingrown nail may begin with mild pain and discomfort and end up advancing quickly, producing symptoms like severe pain, difficulty walking, or even infection — which produces its own set of symptoms such as pus drainage or fever.

How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?

Preventing an ingrown toenail often boils down to the way you trim your nails and care for your feet. Always cut the nail straight across the top and never round off the corners to ensure that the nail grows straight. Wearing too-tight or narrow shoes which place pressure onto the toe can also contribute an ingrown toenail. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean and wear fresh socks daily.

Treating Ingrown Toenails

There are home remedies that may help stop the pain caused by ingrown toenails, such as soaking the foot in a warm foot bath and wearing better fitting footwear. Your podiatrist may be able to prescribe antibiotics to help avoid infection. In some cases, surgery by your podiatrist may be necessary. It's important to consult your doctor to see which method is best for you.

If you think you have an ingrown toenail or need help learning to better prevent them, a podiatrist can help you determine the best plan to healthier feet. Consulting with your foot doctor at regular foot examinations can help ensure that your feet stay healthy and pain-free for years to come.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
November 13, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunion  

At the Stoughton and Madison, WI offices of Dr. Neal Katz, bunion deformities are among the most treated foot conditions. Bunions are more than just unsightly and embarrassing in appearance, they can also disrupt your comfort, lifestyle, and ability to walk or run. Explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments that your foot doctor will use when dealing with a mild to severe case of bunions.

Bunion TreatmentBunion Causes
If you have a severe case of bunions, there is a good chance that they formed due to wearing shoes that are not ideal for your foot shape. One common example is wearing high-heeled shoes that crunch the toes together and put undue pressure on the whole foot. Bunions usually appear in pairs, which indicates that the problem is related to shoewear. Other risk factors include flat feet, past foot injuries, and feet that have been affected by overpronation (incorrect walking). They are more common in patients who have a genetic history of foot deformities.

Bunion Symptoms
The first symptom you’ll notice when you have a case of bunions is the gradual formation of a bump on the inside of your foot. The bump is located near the arch of the foot and may look red or swollen—especially after removing your shoes. It is the bone at the base of your big toe pressing outward. In some cases, patients do not experience pain with bunions, but in severe cases, the joints can become inflamed and painful. Uncomfortable calluses may start to form on the foot.

Bunion Treatments
In the early stages of this foot condition, bunions are easier for your Stoughton and Madison podiatrist to treat using conservative therapies. The goal is to realign the joint and give the foot a chance to straighten out over time. In some cases, simply giving the feet some rest from their daily duties can significantly reduce the symptoms of a bunion. Other treatments include footwear changes, orthotics, corn or callus removal, and night splints. Surgery is an option if the bone, joints, and ligaments need to be repaired and manually adjusted to a more favorable position.

Is a Bunion-Free Life Possible?
Yes, it’s possible to get rid of your embarrassing bunion condition -- to have feet that look and feel normal. Call (608) 241-0848 today to schedule a foot exam with Dr. Neal Katz at one of his conveniently located offices in Stoughton or Madison, WI.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
November 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Treating toenail fungus

Toenail fungus--it's one of the most common podiatric problems children, teens, and adults have. Causing thickened, yellow, brittle nails, onychomycosis (the medical name for toenail fungus) spreads easily and can be stubborn to treat. If you see one or more of your toenails changing shape, color, and texture, see your foot doctor right away. They have the expertise and treatments to give you ten clear toenails once again.

How toenail fungus starts

The micro-organism thrives in dark, moist environments--sweaty socks and sneakers being prime candidates. Additionally, shared towels, nail clippers, shower room floors, and pool decks breed toenail and Athlete's Foot fungus. In fact, if you suffer periodic outbreaks of itchy, uncomfortable Athlete's Foot, you're more prone to onychomycosis, says the American Academy of Dermatology.

Conquering toenail fungus

Your foot doctor sees scores of patients with toenail fungus. Visual inspection is the main diagnostic tool, and for mild cases of onychomycosis, the podiatrist may recommend creams or ointments applied topically. Oral medications are an option as well.

Additionally, modern podiatry offers innovative laser treatments which kill the micro-organism right where it lives. Painless and very effective, laser treatments are applied to all ten toenails to prevent re-infection.

Unfortunately, toenail fungal infections can become quite severe and spread to the nail bed. When infection is severe, the podiatrist may advise complete removal of the toenail to prevent further problems.

Prevention is best

Of course, if you can avoid toenail fungus, your feet and nails will look and feel their best, and you won't be embarrassed to wear open-toed shoes or sandals in the warm weather. However, some people are more prone to this common infection--diabetics, those with poor peripheral circulation and individuals who are immunosuppressed.

Regardless, your podiatrist recommends these preventive measures for healthy, fungus-free nails:

  1. Wash your feet with soap and water daily, and dry them with a clean towel.
  2. Clip your toenails straight across with a clean clippers.
  3. Wear clean socks daily.
  4. Change your gym shoes after a workout. In fact, alternate pairs if possible, letting your footwear dry out between wearings.
  5. Wear flip-flops or shower sandals in the locker room and poolside, too.
Look after those feet and nails
They're the only ones you have. For ongoing care of your feet and ankles, see your foot doctor each year for a routine examination. He or she will get to know you and your podiatric health needs well so you stay active and feel great.


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