Answers to Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
When you’re in pain, it’s hard to focus on anything else. We understand - we can help you get started towards fast relief with these answers to the most common questions we hear about foot and ankle pain in Carolina and get youback to focusing on what actually matters to you.
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How can I get rid of a black toenail?
If you already have a black toenail from injury (either repetitive impacts or a single crush), your toenail will probably show itself out after a couple of days. After that, a new toenail will slowly grow out and into its place. Some black toenails do not need any additional medical treatment, although if you’re concerned or if you notice any signs of pain, infection (fever, chills, odor, discharge, etc.), or failure to improve, you should seek assistance from a podiatrist.
If you’ve struggled with black toenails in the past and are sick of dealing with them, the best thing you can do is keep your toenails trimmed and make sure you wear good fitting running or athletic shoes that give toes space to move but are snug enough in the midfoot and heel to prevent your feet from sliding around.
For help evaluating or treating a black toenail, contact the experts at Carolina Podiatry Group. Request an appointment online, or give us a call at 888-569-9559.
How do I treat a blister?
The best way to treat a blister is to protect it from outside bacteria and germs by leaving the skin intact. For a small blister, simply cover it with a bandage and it should go away on its own without further friction. Larger bubbles may need draining, but there are specific steps you need to follow in order to do this correctly.
First, clean the area well. Then, disinfect a needle by swabbing it with rubbing alcohol. Next, use it to carefully poke a small hole near the outer rim. Gently press to guide the fluid out of the hole, while keeping the outer layer of skin in place to protect the underlying tissue. Apply anti-bacterial ointment and cover with a bandage.
Wearing moisture-wicking socks along with shoes that fit properly are the best lines of defense against rubbing your skin the wrong way! For more tips, contact Carolina Podiatry Group by calling (803) 548-FEET for our Fort Mill, SC, location or (803) 285-1411 for our Lancaster office. Make an appointment with Brandon Percival, DPM, William Harris IV, DPM, or Julie Percival, DPM, today.