Posts for: November, 2013

November 14, 2013
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5 Signs of Ingrown Toenail Infection in the Pediatric Foot

This week I have noticed an increase in ingrown toenail infections in my pediatric patients. Both boys and girls with an age range  from  5 to 14 yrs old. The ingrown toenail infections in 2 cases were being treated by the patients  physician but unresponsive to oral antibiotics alone.

Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides curve  and dig painfully into soft tissue of nail grooves. This commonly leads to  irritation ,redness and swelling.  Generally, toenails  grow straight out. The big toe is the most common location for ingrown toenail,but other toes can be affected. I recommend that parents pay attention to the following 5 signs at the least

  1. Pain at corners of toenail,especially with activity such as sports.
  2. Redness  at skin surrounding toenail.
  3. Swelling  at borders of toe.
  4. Drainage  is yellow  or discolored.
  5. Odor  is foul.

For more information or to set up an appointment,you can visit our website at www.drantonioknowles.comor give our office a call at (901)537-0078.

Dr. Antonio Knowles,DPM  is a Memphis podiatrist ,who is dedicated to your foot health.

November 13, 2013
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7 Things You Need to Know About Black Friday and  Your Feet

Last holiday season, I treated one of my established patients for painful ingrown toenail pain.  Before leaving the treatment room he looked at me, smiled and said “now I can go shopping at the mall with my wife.”   Yes, holiday shopping at the mall is fun, but foot pain is not.  Before you visit the mall, I want you to follow these foot prints.

1.Excessive walking in shoegear can aggravate ingrown toenails and thick toenails.

2.Wear comfortable shoes with good arch supports.

3. Wear orthotics if you own them ,to help relieve stress on feet.

4.Purchase shoes in the afternoon to avoid  buying shoes too small.

5. Improper shoegear can aggravate arch and heel pain. Recommend the right shoe for the activity.

6. Compression socks/stockings can help with swelling feet.

7.Always try shoes on before purchasing them. All manufactures are not the same fit.

Remember foot pain does not take a holiday.

For more information or to set up an appointment, you can visit our website at or give our office a call at (901)537-0078.Dr.Antonio Knowles,DPM,Memphis podiatrist. Dedicated to your foot health.

November 08, 2013
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What can I do about my child’s flat feet?

Flat feet is one of the most common foot problems that I see and treat in my pediatric patient population. This foot structure is usually hereditary. Flat feet can be described as decreased, low or collapsed medial arch when standing. This foot type is also known as a pronated foot. The amount of pronation can appear mild,moderate,or severe. 

Some parents will tell me “he does not complain of pain” I just noticed difficulty in walking,limping after playing sports,difficulty shoe selection due to wide foot.  Common over-the-counter treatments include heel cups,arch supports,and high top shoes.

First,we examine the foot. Second, take x-rays and review findings with you. The foot has 26 bones.  This diagnostic test helps you to visualize bone abnormalities and structure associated with this foot type. Third, we will observe how your child walks. Fourth, perform a non-invasive diagnostic 3-D scan of the foot. This detail information will be very helpful and educational regarding benefits of custom orthotics.

For more information or to set up an appointment,you can visit our website at www.drantonioknowles.comor give our office a call at (901)537-0078.

Dr. Antonio L. Knowles,DPM

Dedicated to your foot health

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