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By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
January 20, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: bunions  

Bunions, when left untreated, will most likely continue to grow and get worse, further causing you pain and interfering with your ability to enjoy life. As soon as you notice that a bunion is beginning to develop on your foot, you should see a podiatrist. Treating bunions in Asheville, NC is a common condition that Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers sees.

What is a bunion?

A bunion, known medically as hallux valgus, is a bony protrusion that is located on the inside of your foot, at the junction where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. They range in severity from a mild nuisance to a condition that causes you severe pain. Sometimes, with the late-stage progression of a bunion, your big toe may be displaced and lay on top of your second toe. This is due to abnormal growth of the toe joint causing a mechanical disruption to the structure of the big toe joint. This is known as crossover toe.

Bunions are generally easy to diagnose due to the physical abnormality of the foot. But, a proper diagnosis from a podiatrist is vital. This may involve the order of x-rays, MRIs, or other imaging techniques to make sure that all bones and soft tissues have not been compromised.

What can happen if a bunion is left untreated?

Addressing bunions ASAP is critical. If you don't, it will continue to grow and get bigger. You want to stop it in its tracks, and prevent it from worsening. Often, people wait to seek treatment for a bunion until the only option for treatment is corrective surgery. But there are a few things that you can do in an attempt to not allow your bunion to progress to this point. The goal is to reduce pressure on the toe joint.

Friction on the bone will stimulate it, leading to continued growth. Some measures that you can take that Dr. Waldman recommends for the management of bunions in Asheville, NC are:

  • Wearing proper-fitting shoes. Avoid high heels and pointy-toed shoes which put excessive pressure on the toes
  • Shoes should be roomy in the front, allowing ample space for your toes.
  • Getting custom orthotics for your shoes
  • Shop for new shoes in the evening and have your feet measured each time you go shoe shopping. Your feet will swell and be a slightly larger size in the evening, so any shoe that you buy needs to comfortably accommodate this. Also, as we age, our arches tend to fall and our feet become flatter. So, you may need to go up in the size of shoe that you have been wearing all your life.

Contact us

Seek consultation with our podiatrist, Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers regarding guidance on the best path forward for treating bunions in Asheville, NC by calling (828) 254-5371. You can also visit his website at https://www.blueridgefoot.com. Dr. Waldman is board-certified and also teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest developments in the minimal incision. 


By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
January 18, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

An ingrown nail develops when the nail grows into the adjacent skin, causing discomfort and may eventually lead to other complications if left untreated. Ingrown toenails are often the result of improper footwear, toenail injuries, and cutting them the wrong way. You can usually treat these at home with proper care, but in many circumstances, you'll want to turn to your podiatrist for help. Learn more about how you can treat and prevent ingrown toenails by contacting Blue Ridge Foot Centers with Dr. Daniel Waldman in Asheville, NC.

At-Home Care

You can treat an ingrown toenail at home in the early stage of the condition and often prevent complications if you deal with it in time.

Soaking your feet in warm water 3 to 4 times a day, for about 15 minutes, can help manage the discomfort and may allow you to more easily trim the offending toenail.

You can also use a cotton ball dipped in olive oil to gently push the skin away from the nail, but be very careful and stop if you experience pain. Doing so can help you apply over-the-counter topical antibiotics to prevent infection. You can also use medication like ibuprofen if there is some swelling, and acetaminophen to relieve pain.

When to See a Doctor

If there is noticeable inflammation, redness, and pain, your toenail may already be infected. If this is the case, or if the nail has pierced the skin, or if there is bleeding, you should see your doctor right away.

If you suffer from diabetes or another condition that causes poor circulation, then you should skip at-home treatments altogether and consult with your doctor.

Ingrown Toenails Treatment in Asheville, NC

Your podiatrist may prescribe either a partial or a full nail removal to treat the condition. Partial removal is often the suggested approach, but complete removal is not as severe as it sounds, it may take some time for it to grow back but it allows you to start over with a healthy nail if you were dealing with recurring problems.

The earlier you treat an ingrown nail the better the chances you can avoid complications, so schedule a consultation today with your Asheville, NC, podiatrist. Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Surgeons and teaches foot surgery, including the latest minimal incision techniques, both nationally and internationally. Make an appointment by dialing 828-254-5371 or through his website at https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.




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828-254-5371
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