- Perform home surgery. It’s tempting to try to dig out an ingrown toenail by yourself. But think about it – are you using sterile instruments and proper technique? Do you know the best way to go about it, or are you just improvising and risking more damage? Don’t even take a chance – it’s best to call a qualified podiatrist. Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland use best practices to repair an ingrown toenail. The same goes for removing annoying corns or calluses from your foot. Let the experts handle them.
- Go barefoot in these two places. Walking barefoot in a public locker room is an excellent way to pick up athlete’s foot and warts. Athlete’s foot is a fungus that grows on your skin, particularly in between your toes, and it can spread to your toenails as well. Warts can be quite stubborn and tough to get rid of, so try to avoid getting them by wearing shower shoes in the locker room. Bare feet that trod around on really hard surfaces also can suffer from deterioration of protective padding. If you have hardwood flooring or ceramic tile in your home, wear a supportive shoe or slipper instead of no shoes at all.
- Wear the same shoes every day. Your feet benefit when you change up your shoes. You don’t want your foot to be constantly molded into one shape, which can happen when you slide it into the same shoe every day. Mix up flats with heels, athletic shoes with supportive boots, and minimize your time in unsupportive flip-flops and really high heels.
- Keep the same shoe size your whole adult life. It may surprise you to know that your foot size can change. With age, our feet can grow wider or longer; our arches can drop and we may experience other structural changes – so have your foot professionally measured every so often to make sure your shoe size still matches your feet.
- Ignore pain. This is one the hardest ideas to get across to our patients. Pain indicates something is wrong. Our podiatrists can determine if the problem is due to injury, anatomy, biomechanics, overuse, or disease. We then pull from a vast array of treatments to help alleviate your pain.
Treatment is almost always easier if your condition is treated early, so don’t wait. Contact us online or call our office at (440) 903-1041 for an appointment. We offer evening hours and Saturday appointments as well, for your convenience.