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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!
Itchy, cracking, flaky toes are characteristic of a fungal infection called Tinea pedis, or more commonly, athlete's foot. While young men who routinely engage in gym workouts and strenuous pursuits, such as hockey and basketball, develop this podiatric condition most often, anyone can develop it. At Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care in Irwin and Greensburg, PA, podiatrists Dr. Todd Cindric and Dr. Cherrie Cindric see scores of patients with athlete's foot, and they successfully treat them.
Symptoms of Athlete's Foot
They range from annoying to really painful and include:
- Itching (many times very intense)
- Cracking and oozing of the skin between and at the base of the toes
- Blistering along the soles of the feet
While athlete's foot is very common, nonetheless it's nothing to be ignored as it easily spreads from household member to household member and even to other parts of the body. Plus, people who are immunosuppressed or have diabetes should be extra-vigilant and begin treatment at the first signs of infection, reports Harvard Health.
Treating and Preventing Tinea pedis
Your podiatrist in Irwin and Greensburg can tell from simple visual inspection and a review of your symptoms if you have athlete's foot. Our doctors may advise the application of over-the-counter or prescription anti-fungal creams which can take up to two weeks to clear the infection.
However, simple foot hygiene may take care of the problem as well. The doctor may suggest:
- Washing and drying your feet daily with soap and water
- Changing your socks every day or more often if they get sweaty or wet
- Changing your shoes--that is, alternating pairs
- Wearing flip-flops in the gym locker room or poolside
- Dusting your feet with anti-fungal powder
- Using clean clippers to trim your toenails
Because the athlete's foot fungus loves dark, moist environments, patients who are prone to this podiatric infection should ensure their feet get plenty of time in open sandals or other well-ventilated footwear, particularly in the hot summer months.
Have Happy Feet
At Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care, Drs. Todd and Cherrie Cindric care for all aspects of podiatric health. If you think you have a stubborn athlete's foot infection and want relief that lasts, call for a consultation. For the Irwin location, phone (724) 863-0996, and in Greensburg, call (724) 832-1000.