Our FAQ Has Fast Facts on Common Foot and Ankle Injuries in Las Vegas
Our patients are full of questions, and we provide the answers. On our FAQ page, our Las Vegas foot doctors explore the most common questions about heel pain, bunions, nail fungus, ingrown toenails, neuropathy, surgery, and more. Browse or search through our FAQ to get the answers you need.
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Can a broken foot heal on its own?
Broken bones do need treatment to recover—otherwise, you risk the bone tissue not healing at all, or healing incorrectly and creating a deformity. This is because stability is key when a broken foot, or any other fracture, heals. The broken ends have to be securely held together and in the proper place. Continuing to walk on the fracture will not only be painful, it can dislodge the pieces and worsen the damage.
Treating a broken foot doesn’t have to be difficult. First the fracture is identified with a diagnostic image. Then it has to be immobilized in the correct place to allow the tissue to repair itself. Often this means wearing a cast or a special boot. In severe cases, it might involve surgery to use pins or screws to keep the pieces in place. If you’re at all suspicious you might have broken your foot, don’t wait to get help. Contact Absolute Foot Care Specialists today to begin your recovery now. You can reach our Las Vegas offices by calling (702) 839-2010 or by using our online contact forms to request more information.
Can overlapping toes be corrected without surgery?
Overlapping toes are a common minor deformity. If it’s caught early in an infant, it might be possible to treat the condition without surgery. Stretching, adjusting, and taping the toe as the baby grows might help it straighten it out. On rare occasions, a baby might actually outgrow the deformity. Aside from this, however, conservative methods aren’t normally effective. The older you are, the more likely that surgery is your only practical option if you want to change the look of your overlapping toes.
The good news is that, for many children and adults, an overlapping toe never causes problems and doesn’t need to be fixed. For others, however, the “abnormal” appearance can be embarrassing and create social anxiety, or the toe can stiffen and actually become a painful issue. Our experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists will work with you to help you determine if surgical correction is the right option for your overlapping toe. Make an appointment at one of our Las Vegas offices online, or by calling (702) 839-2010.
Why are my toenails becoming thick and discolored?
Thick and discolored toenails are often caused by a fungus that invades the nail. It is the same type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot. Sometimes this problem can be caused from trauma to the nails. Treatment for fungus to toenails often involves an oral medicine, but sometimes can be treated with topical medications. Sometimes thick nails are not fungus at all but are due to trauma – either from something dropping onto the toenail or shoes that are too tight, especially athletic shoes. Athletic shoes should be fit so that there is a full finger’s width in front of the longest toe while standing.
What is the best way to trim toenails?
If you trim toenails properly, you can avoid unintended issues like ingrown nails or even an increased susceptibility to fungal infections. Use straight-edged clippers to cut your toenails straight across. Make small cuts instead of trying to trim the whole nail in one shot. Leave the edges of the nails intact so they don’t dig down into your skin. Clip the keratin so it lines up with the end of your toe, rather than being shorter or longer. If you file your nails, don’t drag the emery board back and forth. That only weakens the nail. Instead, only move the emery board in one direction until the rough edges are smooth. If you’re not sure how to trim toenails properly, or you’re unable to do so safely because you have a condition like advanced peripheral neuropathy or trouble reaching your feet, let us at Absolute Foot Care Specialists know. We’ll help you make sure your nails are clipped correctly and safely. Contact us through our website, or call (702) 839-2010 to make an appointment with us today.
What is the difference between a sprain and a fracture?
A sprain and a fracture both cause pain and limit your mobility, but they are not the same injury. A sprain is a sudden overstretching of the ligaments that stabilize the ankle joint. This happens when something suddenly twists the foot. A fracture is a break in bone tissue. It develops when a sudden force or an impact is greater than the strength of your bone. So while they produce similar symptoms, an ankle sprain and a broken bone affect two different structures in the lower limbs—one soft tissue, the other hard bone. Telling the difference between the two when you’re in pain, though, can be challenging. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may still be able to walk a bit with either problem. A sprain, however, will begin to feel better after a few days of rest and first aid. A broken bone will not improve, and will continue to feel quite uncomfortable. The only sure way to tell, of course, is to have an X-ray to look for cracks in the bone tissue. Absolute Foot Care Specialists will help you diagnose the problem. Just call (702) 839-2010 for an appointment at our Las Vegas offices.
What is the recovery time for an Achilles tendon rupture?
Recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture takes time—several months, in fact. The exact length of time will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the tear, your fitness and health, how quickly you get the condition treated, and whether or not you plan on returning to sports. Most people need anywhere from four to six months for tendon tissues to knit back together and then be properly rehabilitated. People who are trying to get their Achilles back into shape for sports may find their rehabilitation takes longer, however. The key to a speedy recovery is to get immediate treatment and follow all of the home care and therapy instructions. The sooner your Achilles is immobilized and allowed to heal, or is reattached through surgery, the easier it will be for the torn ends to join together. After that, you’ll need to go through rehabilitation to restore strength, flexibility, and endurance to the connector. Let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you through every step of your recovery. Make an appointment at one of our Las Vegas offices through our website, or by calling (702) 839-2010.
What are the best treatments for dry feet?
Treating dry feet means finding ways to safely moisturize them. The most common way to moisturize skin is to apply an ointment, oil, or cream on a regular basis. Using moisturizing soap when you bathe helps as well, since harsh soaps can dry out your feet. Make sure to drink plenty of water during the day, too—internal hydration affects your skin. Home remedies may help your feet as well. Special foot soaks in lemon juice help dissolve built-up dead skin. Olive oil mixed with lavender or lemon makes a great natural moisturizer. Apply to your feet, then put on clean socks to lock in the effects. Vaseline works well, too. If you have thick calluses, you may need to have them carefully removed before moisturizing can be very effective. Let our experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help you take care of the skin on your lower limbs. You can call (702) 839- 2010 to make an appointment with us. You can also use our online request form to contact us.
When should I see a podiatrist about a burn on my foot?
A foot burn can be serious or minor depending on the damage to your skin. For mild, first-degree burns, some basic home treatment like ice, moisturizer, and anti-infection measures should be enough to help your skin heal. You’ll only need podiatric help if the damage is very painful or prevents you from walking. A second-degree foot burn, which blisters, is more serious and more likely to need an involved treatment. A blistered burn can be quite painful and prone to infection. In rare cases, people need skin grafts to help large burns recover. A third-degree burn is considered a medical emergency. The damage is deep in your tissues and may have destroyed your nerves, meaning you won’t feel much pain. The skin may look charred, waxy, white or dark brown, raised, and even leathery. This requires extensive and invasive treatment to avoid losing your limb. If you’re at all concerned about the extent of damage from a foot burn, just contact Absolute Foot Care Specialists instead of waiting. Call (702) 839-2010 to make an appointment.
Why do I suddenly get cold feet?
A sudden change in foot temperature from normal to cold is usually Raynaud’s disease. In general, there are many reasons for cold feet, including nerve problems like peripheral neuropathy, artery problems like PAD, vitamin deficiencies, and even chronic alcohol abuse. Raynaud’s disease is slightly different. Something triggers the blood vessels to constrict rapidly and sharply limit the blood flow to your lower limbs. This is temporary, but for some people with more serious cases, the flare-up may last a while and possibly contribute to painful foot damage. No one is exactly sure what causes Raynaud’s disease. Sometimes it’s a side effect of an autoimmune disorder or preexisting problem like that. More often, though, it develops after an injury, in response to repetitive actions or motions, or as a symptom of other circulation-decreasing issues, like smoking. Exposure to extreme temperature changes and stress are the most common triggers of a “cold feet” episode. If you’re struggling with icy toes, let the Absolute Foot Care Specialists team help. Make an appointment online, or call (702) 839-2010 to reach our Las Vegas offices for an appointment.
Do my foot care needs change as I age?
Your feet change as you get older, which can mean your foot care needs change somewhat over time, too. As you age, your feet grow more susceptible to infections and injuries. Your muscles and your bones slowly weaken and become less stable. Your skin dries out more quickly and may be prone to other problems. You have to be more intentional about daily foot care as well as checking for issues. Your footwear must be supportive and appropriate for your feet as well. Wash your feet and use moisturizer every day. Check your feet for changes like cuts, bruises, soreness, swelling, discoloration, bumps, lumps, or anything else out of the ordinary. Many seniors have trouble with balance, so you may need to adjust your shoes to be more supportive or practice balancing exercises. Make sure you move your feet regularly and exercise periodically to help boost your circulation, which naturally slows as you age. If you discover abnormal changes, have trouble with your shoes, or find your feet simply get sore more easily, let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you. Make an appointment at our Las Vegas offices online or by calling (702) 839-2010.