Whether opening a satellite clinic to help patients in remote areas, or introducing innovative medical therapies, the providers and staff at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates (FASA) strive to better patients’ lives by making care more accessible and by offering a spectrum of treatment options for below-the-foot ailments. In alignment with these values, FASA has added telemedicine appointments, also known as E-Visits, to their menu of services for 2020. A convenient option for patients with busy schedules, E-Visits will allow patients to video chat directly with providers.
Of life’s unfortunate annoyances, ingrown toenails definitely rank somewhere on the list. Where on that list they do, exactly, may largely depend on your situation.
In most cases, an ingrown toenail is not really that big of a deal. There can be a bit of pain and swelling, but the situation can often be handled from the comfort of your own home. Gently guiding the nail away from growing into the surrounding skin is key, usually involving soaking the foot and the use of dental floss or cotton to provide a small barrier.
However, simplicity in a majority of cases does not mean all ingrown toenails are no big deal. Some can become a lot more troublesome. In these situations, it is highly recommended that you give us a call and leave handling your toe to a professional with the right tools.
Here are some times when it’s worth giving us a call over your ingrown toenail.
It may be wintertime, but folks here in the South Sound don’t let chillier, wetter temperatures stop them from being active!
Maybe, like our own Dr. Lind, you’re an avid hockey player. Or perhaps you like to head up the slopes on the weekend for some skiing or snowboarding. And of course, there are plenty of runners out there who actually enjoy the brisk temperatures for their workouts!
We love winter sports, and we love that our patients are active. That said, it’s important to remember that heel pain never goes out of season. In fact, many of our athletic and active patients struggle with it even more during the colder months than they do the rest of the year.
Let’s talk a little bit about some of the challenges.
Diabetes is a systemic, progressive condition that is thought to affect more than 30 million Americans—including 1 out of every 6 persons over age 60.
Because some people can live with it for years (or even decades), a lot of people mistakenly believe that it isn’t a big deal, or they’ll worry about protecting their feet later if they start to notice symptoms.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the way it works—particularly for the feet. High blood sugar slowly corrodes and destroys the nerves in your feet, over the course of years. By the time you notice pain, it’s likely that significant damage has already been done. And the longer you wait to get serious, the harder it will be to turn the ship around.
Far too many people don’t act in time, or even at all. That’s why diabetes is by far the most common underlying cause of non-traumatic amputations in this country. This year alone, more than 100,000 Americans will undergo a lower-limb amputation related to their diabetes—usually due to an infected ulcer that wouldn’t heal.
Almost all of such cases are preventable.
So if you want to avoid that fate yourself, you’re going to want to have an effective plan to protect your diabetic feet! Not only will your risk of catastrophic complications go way down, but your feet will just plain feel better—less pain, improved stability, and continued ability to live your best life.
And we can help you with that.
South Sound is home to about a million people, give or take. And although a good percentage of that number are people with desk jobs or who are out of the labor force, there’s still a huge amount of people working on their feet day in, day out.
Retail. Construction. Manufacturing. Teachers. Logistics. Health care workers. Military. Start to add them all up, and you realize how many in our community rely on healthy, pain-free feet to carry them through eight or more hours of hard work each day!
If you happen to be one of them, you may be sick and tired of feet and heels that are sore and aching long before (and long after) your shift ends. Not only is your workday miserable, but by the time you get home you may not have the energy to do much else but sit on the couch and avoid your favorite hobbies (and important household tasks, too).
But we have some important news for you:
Foot pain is not inevitable, even for those who spend all day working on their feet. By making some adjustments at work—and possibly a visit to your local podiatrist—you can very likely significantly improve your situation. That means less pain, more energy, and a confident return to your preferred lifestyle!
Here are a few things you can do: