Ingrown toenails are caused by the growth of the toenail into the surrounding nail fold. Symptoms include pain and swelling at the site. Chronic, painful ingrown toenails can usually be treated, permanently, with a simple procedure that prevents the regrowth of the ingrown portion of the nail.
These infections may start out as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, your nail may discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges, causing an unsightly and potentially painful problem. These infections should be treated as soon as possible. If left untreated, they can lead to dangerous blood infections.
Heel pain is most often caused by overuse, instead of an injury. Heel pain as a result of overuse can be due to many things, including wearing shoes with poor support, running too often, especially on hard surfaces, sudden turning of your heel, or landing too hard or awkwardly on your heel. Connective tissue that runs from the toes to the heel bone causes heel pain, also known as heel spur syndrome. There are many types of treatment for heel pain, depending on the severity of your pain, including anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and/or physical therapy. Statistics show, quicker resolution of pain is achieved the sooner you seek medical attention. The longer you experience the pain the more difficult it is to resolve.
Heel pain in children is unlike that in adults. Adult heel pain generally occurs upon standing and diminishes with walking. In children, heel pain increases with activity. A childs’ heel pain generally is located toward the back of the heel, where adult pain is beneath the heel. In children heel pain may occur after a sudden growth spurt. Pediatricians will refer to this as “growing pains”. The reason for the pain is a result of the leg bones growing at a faster rate than the calf muscle causing the thick tendon in the back of the ankle (Achilles tendon) to exert an abnormal pull on the growth plate in the heel. After a thorough examination including x-rays, a diagnosis can be made, first ruling out a fracture or bone bruise. This condition is known as “apophysitis”. With proper treatment this condition can be easily resolved, eliminating your childs’ pain.
If you have a wound on your lower leg or foot that is not healing, it is very important to seek medical attention. Dr. Han is experienced in treating many types of wounds that are caused by cuts, burns, trauma, infection, blisters, diabetic ulceration, etc. Wound care involves the proper cleaning, dressing and treatment of the affected area until the wound is completely healed.
Diabetes is a disease that can cause serious problems with your feet in terms of circulation, balance, numbness, wounds and the ability to heal properly. It is extremely important for diabetics to have their feet examined several times a year by a doctor, to check for and treat any ulcerations or infections, and to prevent any further complications from occurring.
We treat various foot and ankle trauma including broken ankle and foot including toes. We have advanced digital x-ray machine in the office to accurately diagnose your condition and discuss treatment options with expert knowledge in surgical options as well as conservative options. Our goal is to reduce pain and restore your mobility as soon as possible.
Bunions are misaligned big toe joints that can become swollen and tender, causing the first joint of the big toe to slant outward, and the second joint to angle toward the other toes. Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery. These are very common conditions. These can be surgically corrected. We can also treat these conditions on a temporary basis, giving our patients temporary relief. The patient has the final say on how we treat their condition. Our approach is to get you back on your feet as fast as possible.
Since young feet are still growing, problems can develop quickly. It is important to catch any conditions before they continue into adulthood. Pay attention to the following as they might indicate possible foot problems your child is experiencing: a change in the wear on their shoes, discoloration of the skin or nails, bumps on the skin, a change in the general coordination and stamina of your child, falling and fatigue and/or if they become unwilling to participate in activities they normally enjoy.
If you are suffering from an ankle or foot fracture or sprain, time is of the essence. The best results are achieved when the fracture is tended to immediately. It is imperative that you contact our office as soon as possible so that emrgency care can be provided. Dr. Han will evaluate the extent of your condition and administer the appropriate treatment.
The most common foot problems caused by sports-related activites are blisters, corns, calluses, athlete’s foot, achilles tendonitis, and heel pain. Preventive measures include using proper foot hygiene: keeping your feet dry, wearing clean socks, making sure your shoes fit properly and making sure you do not overstrain your legs, ankles, and feet. If you develop recurring and/or increasing aches and pains you should make an appointment as soon as possible to avoid causing permanent damage.
Orthotics are customized shoe inserts made to fit you and to treat painful conditions such as flat feet, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and neuromas. Orthotics are intended to correct slightly abnormal or irregular walking patterns, by altering slightly the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface.