Ugh, some of your toenails are turning yellow. You know this problem well, as you had it once as a teenager when you played tennis several times a week on hot summer days. Don't worry. Your podiatrists, Dr. Cherrie and Todd Cindric at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care in Greensburg, PA, recognize this podiatric issue as onychomycosis, or toenail fungus. They can help clear your nails for good.
How onychomycosis happens
Toenail fungus proliferates easily, enjoying the darkness and moisture of socks and shoes. Sometimes painful, fungal nails are frequently:
- Yellow to brown
- Streaked with white lines
- Thick, ragged and hard to cut
The infection may start with one nail, such as the big toenail, and then surely and swiftly spread to other toenails and even the fingernails. A non-respecter of persons or age, onychomycosis affects millions.
Your Greensburg, PA, podiatrist can help
Because toenail fungus is tenacious and long-lasting, you need help in eliminating it and having clear, normal nails once again. Dr. Cherrie Cindric and Dr. Todd Cindric know this problem all too well, and when they see it, they often prescribe anti-fungal cream to be applied directly to the affected areas or oral anti-fungal medications. Other interventions include total or partial nail removal.
Any treatment plan includes instructions in how to keep toenail fungus from growing in the first place. Dr. Cindric says these practical routines help:
- Washing your feet daily with soapy water and drying them completely.
- Trimming your toenails carefully, straight across the nail, with a disinfected nail clipper (use isopropyl alcohol to clean your pedicure tools).
- Change your socks daily, or more often in the warm weather or after workouts.
- Wear shoes and sneakers with plenty of room in the toes because friction against the toenails encourages fungal growth.
- Apply anti-fungal medication before going to bed.
- Do not walk barefoot outdoors, poolside, in the locker room or public showers. Wear flip flops or shower sandals.
- Alternate your shoes, and allow them to dry before wearing them again.
Happy, healthy feet
Yours can look good and feel great--your toenails, too. Find out how through an individualized consultation at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care. Call your podiatrist at one of our conveniently located offices. For Irwin, phone (724) 863-0996. For Greensburg, PA, call (724) 832-1000.
It's impossible to ignore foot pain. It makes every step difficult and can even prevent you from sleeping well at night. Fortunately, your Irwin and Greensburg, PA, foot surgeons, Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric offer effective treatments for your pain.
Common causes of foot pain
Your feet are particularly vulnerable to injury. Stray Legos, your choice of footwear, and even working out too intensely can lead to painful conditions that take a while to heal. Although your foot will probably feel better in a week or two if you stepped on a Lego, you may need a little help from your Irwin or Greensburg podiatrist if you have these conditions:
- Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation in the plantar fascia may be to blame for chronic heel pain. The tough band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heels to your toes. The condition can occur if you spend long hours on your feet or suddenly start an intense workout routine. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice that your pain is worse first thing in the morning or when you stand or walk after sitting for long periods. Night splints, prescription orthotics, pain medication, and physical therapy can be helpful. In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be needed to relieve tension in the fascia.
- Ingrown Toenails: It doesn't take long for the edge of a toenail to grow into your skin. Ingrown toenails aren't just painful but can become infected in some cases. Although you may be able to free a trapped nail at home if you notice the problem immediately, a minor surgical procedure may be needed to remove a trapped nail that won't budge. (Don't attempt to free your nail yourself if you have diabetes).
- Bunions: Bony bumps at the base of the big toe are often seen in people who regularly wear high heels or tight shoes. Bunions can be quite painful and may be responsible for leg or back pain if you change the way you walk due to the presence of the bump. Orthotics and taping may slow the progression of your bunions, but surgery is the only way to end your pain and remove the bunions. Surgery is usually recommended if your bunions are large or interfere with your life.
Are you tired of living with foot pain? Schedule an appointment with foot surgeons Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric by calling (724) 863-0996 for the Irwin, PA, office, or (724) 832-1000 for the Greensburg office.
Surgery. It's a word we don't want to hear; sometimes, however, it's necessary. Your board-certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Cherrie Cindric and Dr. Todd Cindric of Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care, diagnose and treat a wide variety of podiatric issues and perform in-office foot surgeries as needed. At our Irwin and Greensburg, PA, offices, count on expert diagnosis and treatment as well as surgical evaluations and procedures that are second to none.
Reasons for foot and ankle surgeries
Your Irwin foot and ankle surgeons look at each patient as an individual. We perform comprehensive foot examinations, digital x-rays, gait analysis, and other diagnostics to help them understand how someone's feet and ankles function, to uncover acute or chronic problems, and to formulate treatment plans aimed at optimal health and performance.
Sometimes rest, support, and pain-relieving medications get patients on their feet and moving comfortably again. Other times, surgery is the best option. The team at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care is well-equipped to prepare people for their surgeries and to help them through the subsequent recovery and rehabilitation process.
In general, people need surgery when less invasive interventions just don't work. Persistent pain, swelling, tenderness, balance problems, gait issues, immobility, and limited range of motion are reasons to consider foot surgery. A good question to ask yourself is "How much are my symptoms impacting my daily activities?"
These uncomfortable and sometimes disabling symptoms often result from:
- Ankle or foot fractures or sprains
- Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and arthritis resulting from trauma)
- Acquired and congenital deformities, such as hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Tumors, such as neuromas (affecting the 3rd and 4th toes)
- Bunions, a bulging of the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe
- Heel spurs
- Diabetic wounds
- Impaired peripheral circulation
Do you need foot or ankle surgery?
Please contact Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care if you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, swelling, or other difficult symptoms. Dr. Cherrie Cindric, Dr. Todd Cindric, and their team want you up and functioning at your very best. Call one of their conveniently located offices for a consultation. In Irwin, phone (724) 863-0996 and in Greensburg, phone (724) 832-1000.
Bunions grow slowly over time and can eventually become a serious issue that can impact standing and walking normally. However, spotting a bunion early and working with your doctor to treat or even prevent its growth can help you avoid long-term issues and invasive treatments. Learn more about bunions, their symptoms, and how your podiatrist can help with Dr. Cherrie Cindric and Dr. Todd Cindric at Westmoreland Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Irwin and Greensburg, PA.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a growth of bone located at the bottom of the big toe. The bunion grows very slowly over time and often does not cause any issues until it advances to its later stages. You inherit the type of foot you have, including feet which are more susceptible to bunions than others. Too-tight, too-narrow, or high-heeled shoes can also contribute to the growth of a bunion.
Signs and Symptoms of Bunions
The most obvious sign of a bunion is the lump it produces at the base of the big toe. However, other signs and symptoms of this condition include:
- general discomfort in the ball of the foot
- redness or swelling at the base of the big toe
- decreased range of motion in the big toe
- persistent or intermittent pain
- overlapping first and second toes
- corns or calluses where the toes overlap
Diagnosing and Treating Bunions in Irwin and Greensburg, PA
Doctors usually diagnose bunions with a visual and physical in-office examination. Since bunions are so obvious, podiatrists normally do not need to rely on x-rays to diagnose this condition. Treatments depend on the severity of the bunion and range from simple lifestyle changes such as changing the type of shoe you wear to surgery to remove the bunion altogether.
For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Cherrie Cindric and Dr. Todd Cindric at Westmoreland Foot and Ankle Care with locations in Irwin and Greensburg, PA. Call (724) 863-0996 to schedule your appointment in Irwin or (724) 832-1000 to schedule your appointment in Greensburg today!
Simple at-home checks help spot foot problems
Back to school season is underway, and we have some advice for area parents. Take five minutes to inspect your children's feet for problems that could sideline your son or daughter from sports or other activities.
Cherrie Cindric, DPM, FACFAS, is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and says parents should look for these warning signs:
Do the bottoms of the child’s shoes show uneven wear patterns?
Does the child walk irregularly?
Is one leg longer than the other or do feet turn in or out excessively?
Do preschoolers walk on their toes?
Does the child often trip or stumble?
Does the child complain of tired legs, night pains and cramping?
"Following this checklist can uncover common problems like ingrown toenails to more serious problems like flat feet," says Cindric. "If your child's shoe is worn on the big toe side of their foot, it could be a sign of poor arch support or flat feet."
Parents can spot several potential foot problems by observing how their kids walk. If you find out one of your child's legs is longer than the other, heel lifts may be required to restore proper balance.
Early intervention can prevent scoliosis, a curvature of spine, later in life. Sometimes younger children toe-walk because of tightness in their Achilles tendon.
"A foot and ankle surgeon can recommend stretching exercises that can be fun for small children and help prevent lower back pain as they get older," Dr. Cindric says. For older children beginning college, heel pain and shin splints can plague freshmen not used to walking long distances across campus to attend classes.
"For most students, daily stretching and proper walking shoes can solve the problem. If there are foot deformities like hammertoes, surgery may be advised to make walking more comfortable."
Dr. Cindric says "growing pains" are a myth.
"If your kids complain about tired legs, heel pain or leg or foot cramps at night, consider that a warning sign and see a doctor," Dr. Cindric says. "Leg and foot pain can indicate flat feet or other disorders that are easier to treat the earlier they're diagnosed." Children with flat feet are at risk for arthritis later in life if the problem is left untreated.
How can we help you?
The professional staff at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care find caring for your podiatric health exceptionally rewarding. If you are experiencing pain, please don't wait. Contact the office right away for an appointment at one of our two offices. In Irwin, call (724) 863-0996. For the Greensburg location, call (724) 832-1000.
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