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Caryn Klapholz has been suffering from stage five kidney disease and while they would like to keep her off of dialysis her worsening condition can only be reduced with a transplant. Klapholz’s problems first began with an ingrown toenail. Five years ago when she tried to remove the nail herself, it quickly became infected; which then turned into a more serious bacterial infection. With the help of gallons of antibiotics every day, she survived, but not without internal damage to her body. “We’re at the point where we known Caryn’s only good quality of life and literally survival is organ transplant.” her husband stated.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 28, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   wound care   infection   wound   first aid   puncture  

First aidIt's a classic murder mystery party and it is right here in San Leandro! Come to the San Leandro Main Library at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 5, for a fun-filled evening of murder mystery, where players and library volunteers will take us back to the golden age of opera in "Death at the Met." While you're playing along at the library, we'll be playing our own game of whodunit at the Foot Doctor of the East Bay.

Initiate light dimming sequence. Queue mysterious music. Take on the role of crime investigator, but watch your step! Puncture wounds to the feet can be very dangerous.  As a podiatric office, we often have to ask: was it the nail nestled upright in the floor board? A slip of the knife off the kitchen counter? Loss of grip on a pair of scissors? Or perhaps you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, barefoot and alone, when a piece of broken glass found its way into your foot.

We take puncture wound care very seriously. These mishaps often happen instantaneously, and though they may not cause excessive bleeding, they still require care. If the cut, scrape, or puncture was deep enough to draw blood it's important to follow these first aid steps below:

1.       Stop the bleeding by gently applying pressure with a clean cloth or bandage.

2.       Clean the area with soap and water. If debris is still present, use tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove the particles.

3.       Apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream or ointment.

4.       Cover the wound with bandages to keep the area clean.

5.       Change the dressing at least once a day or whenever it becomes wet or dirty.

6.       Watch for signs of infection, and see a specialist if the wound doesn't appear to be healing, or if you notice redness, warmth, swelling, or drainage.

If the wound is bleeding excessively, is a result of an animal bite, was caused by a rusty object, or you can’t easily remove the object, contact our office right away! We can be reached at three different locations:  San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767, and Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684. Foot Doctor of the East Bay works hard to solve your foot care mysteries and ensure safe and effective recovery for any injuries. We help you take great care of your feet!

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