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By Active Podiatry
August 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

A sore big toe--it's no big deal, right? Well, it can become a big deal if your ingrown toenail becomes infected. At Active Podiatry iIngrown Toenail Treatmentn Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN, your foot doctor, Dr. Yong Chae, sees and treats many ingrown toenails for feet that are pain-free and totally mobile. Read here all about Onychocryptosis (that's the medical term for ingrown toenails).

How did it happen?

You've had clear, well-shaped toenails all your life. Now, the left big toenail is sore and the surrounding skin looks red.

Sometimes, wearing too-tight shoes or bunched up socks creates a lot of pressure and friction on toenails, forcing them into the skin, particularly at the corners.

Sometimes, too, people clip their toenails too short and round the corners. Toenails are not like fingernails, says your foot doctor in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis. Cutting and rounding their edges set the stage for both Onychomycosis, or fungal nails, and Onychocryptosis, or ingrown nails.

Other contributing factors include:

  • Wearing high-heeled, narrow-toed shoes
  • Heredity (some foot structures run in families, and their members tend to develop ingrown nails, bunions, and other podiatric issues)
  • Poor foot hygiene

Prevention and treatment

Prevention is the best treatment for ingrown toenails. Be sure to wear clean shoes and socks daily, and wash your feet with soap and water, too. Choose footwear with adequate room for your toes so they can wiggle a bit side to side and up and down. Plus, trim your nails straight across the top, using clean clippers.

If, however, an ingrown nail happens--and for some people the problem becomes chronic--try soaking the foot three times a day in warm water. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons also advises over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain and sensible shoes or even sandals until your nail feels better.

If symptoms persist, please see Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry. If the nail is infected, he may prescribe an oral antibiotic, and he may trim the nail for you. Some cases of Onychocryptosis are so severe that the podiatrist removes the offending side of the nail. This procedure is called partial nail avulsion and is performed entirely in-office with the benefit of local anesthetic.

Healthier toenails

You can have ten healthy toenails once again. If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, don't wait. Contact Active Podiatry for a consultation with Dr. Chae. For the Indianapolis location, call (317) 328-6622, and for Crawfordsville, phone (765) 362-7200.

By Active Podiatry
July 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Are your toenails yellow, thick, or crumbly despite the many over-the-counter anti-fungal products you've tried? Toenail fungus can be toenail fungusdifficult to treat, but help is available. Dr. Yong Chae, your foot doctor at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, provides several treatments that can help treat your fungal infection.

How can I improve the color and condition of my nails?

Clearing your nails starts with killing the fungus that caused the color change. Over-the-counter products only penetrate the top layers of nails. If your infection starts in deeper layers of the nail or the nail bed, these products will never work no matter how faithfully you use them. Whether you've been living with toenail fungus for months or years, a visit to your Indianapolis or Crawfordsville podiatrist is the key to eliminating your fungal infection.

Your foot doctor may recommend one of these treatments:

  • Medicated polishes or creams designed to reach the deepest layers of your nails
  • Oral medications if creams and polishes aren't helpful (Oral antifungals aren't recommended if you have liver disease or congestive heart failure.)
  • Nail removal (Removal allows treatment of the nail bed and is usually only performed if other treatments are unsuccessful.)
  • Laser treatment that kills the pigment in toenail fungus by heating it

What can I do to avoid toenail fungus?

These things will help you avoid a new fungal infection:

  • Wear Shoes Everywhere: You can easily pick up a new infection if you happen to walk on the floor after someone with a fungal infection has passed by. Avoid infection by wearing shoes or sandals in public places, like pools or locker rooms.
  • Keep Your Feet Dry: Fungi grow well in dark, wet places, like the insides of your shoes. Discourage fungal growth by adding a little talcum powder to your feet before you put on your socks. If you perspire heavily, pull on a fresh pair of socks when the first pair become saturated.
  • Use the Hot Wash Cycle: It's not unusual for people who live together to share a fungal infection. Prevent a re-infection by washing socks, sheets, towels, washcloths, and bath mats in 140F water or hotter. Lower temperatures may not kill the infection.

Keep your toenails fungus-free with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chae of Active Podiatry by calling (317) 328-6622 for the Indianapolis office, or (765) 362-7200 for the Crawfordsville office.

By Active Podiatry
May 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sprained ankle  

A sprained ankle can cause pain and discomfort, as well as instability. A sprain makes it difficult to stand or walk on the injured ankle. Mild ankle sprains can often be treated at home, but more serious ankle sprains are best treated by a podiatrist. Untreated ankle sprains that do not heal properly can lead to long-term ankle pain and other problems. At Active Podiatry, Dr. Yong Chae is your Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, foot doctor for the treatment of ankle sprains.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when the ankle twists the wrong way. For instance, the ankle might roll outward as your foot is turning inward. When the ankle turns in a different direction than the foot, ligaments in the ankle can be over-stretched and tear. Activities that put you at risk of spraining your ankle include working out, participating in sports, or performing high-impact movements, such as jumping. You can also sprain your ankle when walking on uneven surfaces or when wearing unstable footwear, such as high heels.

There are several signs that your ankle pain is due to a sprain. Signs you may have sprained your ankle include:

  • Pain or discomfort
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability
  • Limited range of motion

Treatment Options

Several methods and options are available for treating ankle sprains. Your Indianapolis and Crawfordsville foot doctor can recommend the right combination of treatments for healing your particular injury. Treatments for ankle sprains include:

  • Elevation and rest
  • Ice or a cold compress
  • Compression bandages, braces, or splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretching
  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery (for serious sprains)

The best way to prevent an ankle sprain is to strengthen the ankles and increase flexibility. Special exercises can increase strength, while stretching can improve flexibility. Wearing shoes the fit properly and provide stability can also help prevent ankle sprains.

If you have injured your ankle and have any of the signs of a sprain, see a podiatrist who can determine the severity of the injury and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chae, call Active Podiatry at (317) 328-6622 for the Indianapolis office or (765) 362-7200 for the Crawfordsville office.

By Active Podiatry
February 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot-related issues can quickly become a frustrating source of pain and discomfort, causing normal tasks like making your morning coffee foot painor enjoying a walk with your dog. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you overcome your foot pain by pinpointing its cause and determining the best course of treatment for you. Find out more about the causes of foot pain and what your doctor can do to help you treat it with Dr. Yong Chae and the team at Active Podiatry with locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN.

What causes foot pain? 
The causes of foot pain can vary greatly depending on medical history, lifestyle, underlying conditions, and other contributing factors. However, there are some causes of foot pain which are more common than others, including:

  • tendonitis
  • achilles tendonitis
  • sprain/fracture
  • bunions
  • stress fractures
  • arthritis
  • bursitis
  • neuroma
  • hammertoe/mallet toe
  • flatfeet
  • corns/calluses
  • bone spur

Diagnosing Foot Pain 
As with most diagnostic processes, your foot doctor will request that you come into their office for a physical examination. The exam may involve x-rays or MRIs depending on the circumstances. Your doctor will physically feel and examine the foot to assess whether there are any outward abnormalities and use the x-rays or MRIs to determine if anything is amiss on the inside. Then, they will use your medical history, family history, and lifestyle to investigate further into the cause of your foot pain. After diagnosing where the pain comes from, your doctor will then begin determining the best treatment for you.

Treating Foot Pain in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville
Your treatment will vary depending on the severity of your pain, its cause, and any other underlying or coexisting conditions. Treatment can range anywhere from simple rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE method) coupled with over-the-counter medications to surgery to correct foot-related issues. Your podiatrist is an expert in treating conditions which cause foot pain and is your best source of information for an effective treatment.

For more information on foot pain causes, diagnosis, treatment, or more, please contact Dr. Chae and the team at Active Podiatry with locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN. Call (317) 328-6622 to schedule your appointment in Indianapolis and (765) 362-7200 to schedule your appointment in Crawfordsville today!

By Active Podiatry
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: hammertoes  

Wondering if you have a hammertoe? Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae of Active Podiatry discusses hammertoe symptoms and hammertoeexplains a few things you can do to relieve them.

Do I have a hammertoe?

If your toe bends at a right angle, you may have a hammertoe. The condition is called "hammer" toe because your bent toe looks a little like a hammer. Although hammertoe doesn't affect big toes, it can occur in any other toe. Ignoring hammertoe isn't a good idea. When you first notice the change in your toe, you may be able to temporarily straighten it by pressing on it. Unfortunately, without treatment, the toe may become rigid and inflexible.

Wearing shoes can be a painful experience if you have hammertoe, particularly if you continue to wear shoes that press against the top of your toe. If you have the condition, your toe may appear red and swollen, and you may develop corns and calluses on the top of it.

How did I get hammertoe?

Hammertoe frequently occurs if your shoes place constant pressure on your toes. High heels and very tight shoes are common culprits. Pressure on the toe can also cause the tendon in your toe to shorten, making it difficult to fully extend it. Muscle imbalances in your feet, arthritis, or foot injuries may contribute to the development of hammertoes.

What can I do about hammertoe?

Making changes to your footwear can help reduce pain and swelling. Look for roomy shoes that are tall enough to accommodate your toe. Ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine can be helpful in relieving pain and inflammation.

If your toe is still flexible, it may be possible to reverse your condition with exercise. Exercises don't require special equipment and offer a simple way to treat a flexible hammertoe.

When home treatment isn't effective, or your hammertoe has become rigid, schedule a visit with our Indianapolis or Crawfordsville, IN podiatrist. We can recommend a variety of treatments will improve your symptoms. Prescription anti-inflammatory medications may offer relief of pain and swelling. If your toe is flexible, you may benefit from wearing prescription inserts in your shoes or padding and taping your toe. Although conservative measures are often helpful in treating flexible hammertoes, rigid hammertoes usually require surgery.

Prompt treatment is the key to relieving your hammertoe pain. Schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae of Active Podiatry by calling (317) 328-6622 for the Indianapolis, IN, office or (765) 362-7200 for the Crawfordsville, IN, office.

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