By contactus@drantonioknowles.com
August 14, 2013
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Do high heels cause foot pain?

Whether I am in the office,health fair,kids school,church,seminar,on vacation,etc. this is a frequently asked question.  I once read  “O magazine” Oprah said “ I wear my stilettos only when the camera is on.” Most women like to wear their high heels to their favorite  event. 

 This week one of my patients complained of “ pain in the ball of the foot when walking”. Her foot exam revealed a  callus in the ball of the foot with tenderness to touch.

Yes,  podiatrists know that foot problems can result from wearing high heels for long periods daily.

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.

Dedicated to your foot health,

Dr. Antonio L Knowles,DPM

By contactus@drantonioknowles.com
April 23, 2013
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What causes corns and calluses?

Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin that forms to protect an area from irritation.  The cause is repeated friction or pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas. Other risk factors include heredity,tight stockings,high heels and deformities of the foot(hammertoes). If the area of thickening of skin  occurs on the bottom of the foot,it’s called a callus or the toe(top of foot),it’s called a corn.

The build up of skin causes increased pressure and becomes  painful with activity such as walking or running. If you have tried and failed to relieve pain and discomfort from corns and calluses with home remedies such as pumice stone,shoe padding or cushion products,and over-the-counter creams,see a podiatrist.

The podiatrist will perform a foot exam ,obtain medical history,inspect shoes,watch you walk,identify  bone abnormality with x-rays. Conservative treatment options  include shaving away the thickened or dead skin with surgical blade reduce pressure from skin  in the office ,and recommend  pre-fab  inserts or  custom orthotics to reduce pressure and compensate for foot deformities. The podiatrist may also recommend wide toe box shoes and low heels,professional cream products to soften thick skin ,which helps to remove.

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.

Dedicated to your foot health, 

By contactus@drantonioknowles.com
April 22, 2013
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What is Athlete’s Foot?

A skin disorder caused by a fungus ,and often found between the toes.  Our feet are common location because we often wear shoes for long periods of time and this creates a warm ,dark, and moist environment for the fungus to thrive  and grow. Walking barefoot in swimming pools,showers and locker room are common areas for fungus.

Your feet may feel itchy,with dry skin and scaling,sometimes  inflammation and blisters in acute cases of infection. If the fungus is not treated,then it can spread to the soles of the feet ,toenails and other parts of the body.

Topical antifungals are usually the first line of treatment. If your treatment options have failed, then you should see a podiatrist. The podiatrist will examine the foot to determine if fungus is the problem or bacteria,which usually has a foul odor. The podiatrist may prescribe a topical or oral antifungal,and  antibiotics if he suspects bacteria is present.

 It is important to wash feet daily,dry  between the toes,and alternate shoes daily to decrease moisture.

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.

  Dedicated to your foot health,

By contactus@drantonioknowles.com
March 26, 2013
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What causes my toenails to change color and thickness?

The most common cause of discolored  and thick toenails is fungus. The fungi is a microscopic organism that invades the nail and causes an infection underneath the surface of the nail. The toenails are susceptible to this infection because of the warm,dark,and moist environment when wearing closed toe shoes,walking barefoot swimming pools,showers,locker rooms.  Other common risk factors for toenail fungus are diabetes,poor circulation,immune-deficiency conditions,untreated athlete’s foot, and excessive perspiration.

Toenail fungus,or onychomycosis is usually ignored for years because the infection does not cause any pain initially. However, if the infection is untreated it can spread to other toes and progress from mild to severe and become painful when walking in shoegear due to an abnormal increase in thickness of toenail.

If home remedies and OTC products have failed ,then you should visit a podiatrist. Your podiatrist can detect a fungal infection early,culture the nail ,determine the cause,and recommend the best treatment options. The treatment option selected depends on the severity of the fungal infection. The newer oral antifungals,FDA approved,is one of the best treatments  because the infection is underneath the surface of the nail. The latest treatment is Laser therapy,FDA approved,toenail fungus.

For more information or to set up an appointment,you can visit our website at www.drantonioknowles.com or give our office a call at

(901)537-0078.

Dedicated to your foot health,

By contactus@drantonioknowles.com
February 18, 2013
Category: Ingrown Toenails

  

What causes  Ingrown Toenails ?

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.

Common causes of ingrown toenails include:  trim nails incorrectly, heredity,shoe pressure, and repetitive trauma to the feet during daily routines.

You should see a podiatrist if any signs of drainage,excessive redness, and pain occurs around the toenail. When self treatment fails to improve,see  your podiatrist.

Treatment options include removal of ingrown portion of nail and possible topical  or oral medication if infected.  Your podiatrist may recommend a procedure to permanently remove ingrown toenail, if you experience reoccurrence of ingrown nail.

For more information or to set up an appointment,you can visit our website at www.drantonioknowles.com or give our office a call at

901-537-0078.

Dedicated to your foot health,





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