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Known to physicians as onychocryptosis,  ingrown toe nails are a common, painful condition that occur when skin on one or both sides of a nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself grows into the skin. This condition is usually very painful and can be associated with infection of the toe. Some ingrown toenails are chronic, with repeated episodes of pain and infection. Irritation, redness, an uncomfortable sensation of warmth, as well as swelling can result from an ingrown toenail.

Cause

Ingrown toenails develop for many reasons. In some cases the condition is congenital, such as toenails that simply are too large. People whose toes curl, either congenitally or from diseases like arthritis, are prone to ingrown toenails. Often trauma, like stubbing a toe or having a toe stepped on, can cause a piece of the nail to be jammed into the skin. Repeated trauma, such as the pounding to which runners typically subject their feet, also can cause ingrown nails.

The most common cause is cutting your toenails incorrectly, causing them to re-grow into the skin. Tight hosiery or shoes with narrow toe boxes only make matters worse. If the skin is red, painful or swollen on the sides of the nail, an infection may be present. This occurs because the ingrown nail is often in a warm, moist and bacteria-rich environment. When the nail penetrates the skin, it provides a convenient entry for germs that can cause infection. Untreated, the nail can go under the skin, causing a more severe infection. In either case, the infection needs to be cured with sterile instruments and antibiotics.

Treatment and Prevention

Ingrown toenails should be treated as soon as they are recognized. In many cases, people with uninfected ingrown toenails can obtain relief with the following simple regimen:

  • Soak the feet in warm salt water
  • Dry them thoroughly with a clean towel
  • Apply a mild antiseptic solution to the area
  • Bandage the toe

If excessive inflammation, swelling, pain or discharge is present, the toenail probably is infected and should be treated by a foot specialist. A chiropodist can trim or remove the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure. He or she can remove the offending portion of the nail or overgrown skin with a scalpel and treat the infection. Unless, the problem is congenital, the best way to prevent ingrown toenails is to protect the feet from trauma and wear shoes with adequate room for the toes.

Cutting toe nails properly goes a long way toward the prevention of ingrown toenails. Using a safety nail clipper, cut the nails straight across, so that the nail corner is visible. If you cut the nail too short, you are inviting the nail corner to grow into the skin. It is the natural tendency, when the edge of the nail starts to grow in, to cut down at an angle at the nail edge, to relieve the pain. This does relieve the pain temporarily, but it also can start a downward spiral, training the nail to become more and more ingrown.

Ingrown toenails is a common foot ailment which we treat in our Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics successfully.  Although our foot clinic practices conservative medicine where we avoid surgery and medications at all cost, this is one condition where many times a surgical procedure is necessary.  It is also one of the more painful conditions a person can have which is due to 10 times more nerve endings per square cm on the foot and hand than other parts of the body.  This is  one of the way that the body protects your feet and hands as they are vitally important organs.  

One of the things that sets our foot clinic apart from many others is that we have computerized painless injections which makes for a totally painless procedure.  

If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice, foot care or high quality custom orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-465-8737.  Remember, we always treat our beloved patients like family.  

Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time.

The findings, published in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, were based on a study of almost 300 children in second through fourth grade who were observed over the course of a school year. Engagement was measured by on-task behaviors such as answering a question, raising a hand or participating in active discussion and off-task behaviors like talking out of turn.

Standing desks -- also known as stand-biased desks -- are raised desks that have stools nearby, enabling students to sit or stand during class at their discretion. Mark Benden, Ph.D., CPE, associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, who is an ergonomic engineer by trade, originally became interested in the desks as a means to reduce childhood obesity and relieve stress on spinal structures that may occur with traditional desks. Lessons learned from his research in this area led to creation of Stand2Learn™, an offshoot company of a faculty-led startup that manufactures a classroom version of the stand-biased desk.

Benden's previous studies have shown the desks can help reduce obesity -- with students at standing desks burning 15 percent more calories than students at traditional desks (25 percent for obese children) -- and there was anecdotal evidence that the desks also increased engagement. The latest study was the first designed specifically to look at the impact of classroom engagement.

Benden said he was not surprised at the results of the study, given that previous research has shown that physical activity, even at low levels, may have beneficial effects on cognitive ability.

"Standing workstations reduce disruptive behavior problems and increase students' attention or academic behavioral engagement by providing students with a different method for completing academic tasks (like standing) that breaks up the monotony of seated work," Benden said.

"Considerable research indicates that academic behavioral engagement is the most important contributor to student achievement. Simply put, we think better on our feet than in our seat."

The key takeaway from this research, Benden said, is that school districts that put standing desks in classrooms may be able to address two problems at the same time: academic performance and childhood obesity.

Additional Texas A&M researchers involved with the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, were Hongwei Zhao, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Texas A&M School of Public Health; Jamilia Blake, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational psychology at the Texas A&M College of Education; and Marianela Dornhecker, doctoral student in educational psychology at the Texas A&M College of Education. Monica Wendel, Dr.P.H., associate dean for public health practice at the University of Louisville, also contributed to the research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS HAS BEEN LOCATED ON THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF DANFORTH AVENUE AND BROADVIEW AVENUE MANY YEARS BEFORE THE LAUNCH OF 'THE TASTE OF THE DANFORTH'.

THIS ANUAL FOOD EXTRAVAGANZA HAS GROWN AND HAS BECOME EXTREMELY POPULAR AND SUCCESSFUL AND HAS HAD MANY IMITATORS OVER THE YEARS SO THAT THERE ARE NOW MANY FOOD FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE CITY FEATURING MANY DIFFERENT ETHNIC CUISINES.  THE TAST OF THE DANFORTH FEATURES MANY DIFFERENT CUISINES BUT THE 'GREEK SPIRIT' IS THE CENTER OF THE FESTIVAL.  WELL OVER A MILLION PEOPLE COME EVERY YEAR WHICH MAKES FOR A LOT OF FOOD, DRINKS AND MUSIC.

DR. JOHN A. HARDY, OWNER OF TORONTO FOOT, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS IS VERY WELL ACQUAINTED WITH THE GREEK CULTURE AS HAVING STARTED WORKING AT THE GUILD INN HOTEL AND RESTAURANT AT 12 YEARS OF AGE AS A BUSBOY AND WORKED AS A WAITER, BELLHOP, BARTENDER, ETC. OVER A 12 YEAR PERIOD.  I SERVED PREMIERS, PRIME MINISTERS, QUEENS, ETC. OVER THE YEARS AND LEARNED A LOT ABOUT PROVIDING TOP QUALITY SERVICE TO EACH AND EVERY CUSTOMER.  I HAVE TAKEN THESE TOOLS OF SUCCESS AND APPLIED THEM TO MY FOOT CLINIC AND HAVE MADE IT INTO ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FOOT CLINICS IN THE PROVINCE IN REGARDS TO THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS THAT WE SEE AND AND OUR LEVEL OF SATISFACTION WHICH IS REFLECTED IN THE 100'S OF POSITIVE PATIENT'S REVIEWS WHICH WE RECEIVE.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES HIGH QUALITY ADVICE, FOOT CARE OR CUSTOM ORTHOTICS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT 416-465-8737.

REMEMBER, WE ALWAYS TREAT OUR PATIENTS LIKE FAMILY!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. JOHN A. HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.

 

 

 

 

 

"IT'S NOT WHAT YOU SAY OUT OF YOUR MOUTH THAT DETERMINES YOUR LIFE,

IT'S WHAT YOU WHISPER TO YOURSELF THAT HAS THE MOST POWER."

-ROBERT T. KIYOSAKI-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PODIATRIST, DR. MATTHEW ELLSWORTH STATES, "IF YOU HAVE FOOT PAIN, ESPECIALLY IN THE BALL OF YOUR FOOT BETWEEN THE THIRD AND FORTH TOE, YOU MAY BE SUFFERING FROM MORTON'S NEUROMA. WEARING HIGH HEELS OR TIGHT SHOES INCREASES THE RISK FOR DEVELOPING THIS CONDITION.  LIKEWISE, PARTAKING IN HIGH IMPACT ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS RUNNING, MAY ALSO CAUSE MORTON'S NEUROMA BY SUBJECTING YOUR FEET TO FREQUENT TRAUMA.  LASTLY, IF YOU SUFFER FROM BUNIONS, HAMMERTOES, OR FLAT FEET, YOU HAVE A HIGHER CHANCE OF DEVELOPING A NEUROMA.  THE FIRST DEFENCE TO TREAT MORTON'S NEUROMA IS TO REDUCE THE INFLAMMATION AND THE NERVE INJURY.  THE BEST WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS IS TO CHOOSE A PAIR OF SHOES WITH STIFFER SOLES AND COMBINE WITH FELT OR FOAM PADDING AS NEEDED TO DECREASE THE PRESSURE.  ICING AND RESTING THE FOOT CAN ALSO BE EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE.  CAREFUL AND ROUTINE USE OF IBUPROFEN OR OTHER NSAIDS CAN BE A HELPFUL TREATMENT."

AT OUR TORONTO FOOT CLINIC, ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS WE RECEIVE TREMENDOUS SUCCESS IN TREATING MORTON'S NEUROMA CONSERVATIVELY WITHOUT THE USE OF MEDICATIONS AND SURGERY.  AS STATED ABOVE PROPER FOOTWEAR AND CUSTOM ORTHOTICS AS WELL AS PHYSICAL THERAPY, ICE, EXERCISES, STRETCHING AND MOBILIZATION / MANIPULATION USUALLY DOES THE TRICK.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE REQUIRES HONEST, COMPETENT ADVICE, FOOT CARE OR CUSTOM ORTHOTICS THEN LOOK NO FURTHER THAN OUR FOOT CLINIC, TORONTO'S OBVIOUS CHOICE.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. JOHN A. HARDY, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS.

 



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Toronto, ON M4K 2P1 

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CHIROPODIST / FOOT SPECIALIST,  B.Sc. PODIATRIC MEDICINE / ACADEMY FOOT & ORTHOTIC CLINICS, 752 Broadview Ave , Toronto ON, M4K 2P1 416-465-8737