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By Reisinger Farmer Podiatry
December 13, 2021
Category: Foot Injury
Tags: Corns  
CornsFrom running miles to wearing shoes that are too loose or too tight, there are many reasons why you may develop a corn. A corn is your skin’s way of protecting itself when there is any friction or pressure placed on the area. While healthy individuals may be able to simply treat corns on their own with home care, those with diabetes or nerve damage should always turn to a podiatrist even for minor injuries such as corns or calluses.

What is a corn?

A corn is a buildup of skin that occurs when there is repeated friction or pressure placed on the skin. This buildup of skin helps to protect the skin underneath. Corns most commonly develop on the side or tops of the toes and can be either hard or soft. Soft corns often appear between the toes while hard corns typically form on the tops of the toes. While both corns and calluses are thickened areas of skin, calluses are often larger and typically develop on the bottoms of the feet.

Who is more at risk for developing corns?

Certain factors can make someone prone to corns and calluses. These include:
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow
  • Having certain foot conditions that alter its structural alignments such as arthritis, bunions, or hammertoes
  • Wearing shoes without socks
  • Being a smoker
How do I treat a corn?

If you are a healthy individual, then simple lifestyle changes and home care can help to improve your corn. Soak the area for 5-10 minutes to soften the area. You may use a pumice stone to gently remove some of the thickened layers of skin. Make sure not to be too aggressive or to remove too much, as this can lead to bleeding and even infection. After pumicing the area, make sure to apply a moisturizer to your feet. If you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, do not try the pumice or remove the corn yourself. A podiatrist can provide you with the proper treatment.

Make sure you are wearing properly fitted shoes at all times. This can cut down on the number of corns or calluses you’ll deal with. Keep nails properly trimmed so they don’t rub against toes and cause corns. If certain areas of your feet are prone to corns, you may wish to apply protective adhesive padding to the area either to protect the corn or to prevent a new one from forming.

If you notice any changes to a corn, including signs of infection, it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist right away for care. While most corns will go away if you avoid any shoes that cause pressure or friction to the area, you should turn to a foot doctor if you have concerns.
By Reisinger Farmer Podiatry
December 03, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  
Custom OrthoticsOur feet are often overworked and underappreciated. They do so much for us and yet we often take them for granted unless they start to cause us issues. Whether you’re looking for ways to prevent foot problems from happening in the first place or you’re already dealing with these issues, there are many reasons people are turning to their podiatrist for custom orthotics.

What are orthotics?

Sometimes known as arch support, custom orthotics give people the freedom to stand and move easier and more comfortably. Some people might opt for over-the-counter orthotics because of convenience; however, over-the-counter orthotics are not crafted uniquely to your feet, which often means that they won’t provide the relief you’re looking for from foot pain and other issues, and may even make problems worse. Instead, consider getting custom orthotics that are designed to correct your specific foot problems, ease symptoms, and make it easier for you to get back to your life.

Here are the types of custom orthotics that podiatrists often provide:

Rigid Orthotics

Rigid orthotics are often made from harder materials such as plastic or carbon fiber and are used to control function. They also help to control motion in the joints of the foot. They are most often used with walking shoes or dress shoes as they help with strains, aches and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft Orthotics

Just like the name states, soft orthotics are made out of more cushioned materials so they can act as shock absorbers, help with balance, and relieve pressure. They also cradle the soles of the foot and support everything from the heel and balls of your feet to the toes. Since soft orthotics help to absorb shock, they can be a good option for athletes and those with active lifestyles.

Semi-Rigid Orthotics

Semi-rigid orthotics can also be a great option for sports players as they provide a good balance. As the name implies, semi-rigid orthotics are made with layers of soft material that are backed by a rigid material. While this type is great for avid walkers and the like, semi-rigid orthotics are also prescribed to treat flatfoot and other foot disorders in children. If you’re planning on running a marathon this year and you’re experiencing foot pain, semi-rigid orthotics might help relieve some of the discomforts you’re feeling while training.

Are you interested in custom orthotics? If so, your podiatrist can chat more about orthotics and how they could benefit your feet based on your foot health, age, activities, and lifestyle.
By Reisinger Farmer Podiatry
November 23, 2021
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Sweaty Feet   Hyperhidrosis  
Sweaty FeetSweating occasionally is normal. It could be a particularly hot day or you could simply be hitting your workout hard. In these instances, sweating isn’t just normal, it’s expected; however, if you find yourself sweating excessively, particularly in your feet, and for no reason whatsoever you may be wondering what’s going on.

Your Sweaty Feet Could be Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Plantar hyperhidrosis is when people experience excessive sweating of the feet. Men are often more likely than women to develop this issue. The good news is that if your podiatrist determines that you have plantar hyperhidrosis there are ways to several ways to treat it.

Your Hyperhidrosis May Be Secondary

Okay, so what does this mean exactly? This means that you may have an underlying condition that could have brought about hyperhidrosis. So by finding and treating the underlying cause we can often alleviate hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis may be caused by:
  • Menopause
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Intense stress
  • Certain prescription medications such as antidepressants
  • Tuberculosis and other infections
  • Dysautonomia
We’ll Try Conservative Measures First

As is the way for treating most health conditions, your podiatrist will often recommend certain lifestyle changes and simple treatment options first to see if these are effective enough against excessive sweatiness. Only if these treatment options don’t work will your podiatrist turn to more aggressive options. Conservative options include:
  • Applying deodorant or antiperspirant to your feet
  • Applying antifungal powder to the feet
  • Making sure not to wear the same shoes two days in a row
  • Choosing breathable shoes (shoes made from leather or canvas)
  • Wearing moisture-wicking socks
How a Podiatrist Can Help

While a podiatrist can recommend a variety of options to help you manage your sweaty feet, there are instances where you may need to turn to a foot and ankle specialist for more aggressive treatment. One way that a podiatrist treats sweaty feet is with iontophoresis, a painless device that passes mild electrical currents through the feet to temporarily stop sweat glands from producing sweat. Along with iontophoresis, a podiatrist may also recommend Botox injections, which can also temporarily stop excessive sweating for anywhere from 6-9 months.

If you are dealing with sweaty feet and it’s impacting your daily routine or making you uncomfortable, a podiatrist can evaluate your issue and figure out how to get your sweating under control.
By Reisinger Farmer Podiatry
November 23, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

It's not uncommon to experience foot discomfort on occasion, or for blisters and redness to occur from time to time. Bunion formation, however, can cause lasting pain and pesky protrusions, making it difficult to stay on your feet and maybe even leave you embarrassed to take off your shoes.

Once bunions are formed, they can't be removed without surgery, but there are ways to both prevent them from developing in the first place and keep them from becoming irritated if they do occur. Dr. Charlotte Reisinger and Dr. Dusky Farmer of Reisinger Farmer Podiatry in Evansville, IN, can help you with bunion prevention and treatment.

What is a bunion?

A bunion forms when the joint on the large toe shifts and enlarges. The excess size causes your shoes to feel tighter, which puts pressure on the toe and causes friction as the toe rubs against the inside of the shoe. A bunion may become irritated enough that it causes blisters and redness, and could possibly lead to hammertoes, arthritis or severe pain that impedes your ability to walk.

What can I do to prevent bunions?

Wearing properly fitting, cushioned shoes is the best way to prevent bunions. Avoid shoes that are narrow, pointy-toed, two small or constricting, or have poor support. Naturally flat feet, or an injury, could also lead to bunions. At our Evansville, IN, office we can help you find the best fitting shoes or inserts to keep your feet healthy no matter the cause of your bunions.

Can bunions be treated?

Outside of surgery, reserved for severe cases, bunions cannot be reduced in size once they have developed. However, you can alleviate the pain of a bunion and keep it from growing more by choosing footwear that is well-cushioned, fits comfortably and doesn't constrict your toes. An orthotic or shoe insert may also help. Your podiatrist may also suggest wearing a splint during the night if your toe joint alignment is off.

Visit Dr. Reisinger or Dr. Farmer in Evansville, IN, if you are suffering from bunions. Make an appointment at 812-421-8555.

By Reisinger Farmer Podiatry
November 03, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown toenails  

Are you dealing with the pain and discomfort from an ingrown toenail in Evansville, IN? Dr. Charlotte Reisinger and Dr. Dusky Farmer are experienced podiatrists who can help treat various issues of your feet and toes. Visit Reisinger Farmer Podiatry for expert treatment today.

How Do I Prevent Ingrown Toenails?

The first step in preventing ingrown toenails is to be very careful when you are trimming your toenails. Ingrown toenails are often caused by clipping the toenails too short, especially on the sides. It is particularly common on your big toe. This ailment may often result from injury, fungal infection, or wearing tight-fitting shoes.

Here are a few ways to help prevent an ingrown toenail in Evansville, IN:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  •  Avoid tight socks
  •  Avoid tight or ill-fitting shoes
  •  Cut toenails straight across
  • Keep toenails at moderate length
  • Choose pedicures with caution

Can My Podiatrist Help With An Ingrown Toenail?

Of course, our staff at Reisinger Farmer Podiatry can help with your ingrown toenail treatment in Evansville, IN. When you come into our office for an initial consultation, we will decide the best solution after examining the condition of your toe. If your ingrown toenail is not severe, we advise that you soak it in warm soapy water frequently each day. You can wait for the ingrown toenail to grow out a little and then cut it properly - straight across.

However, upon signs of an infection, we will prescribe antibiotics. If your ingrown toenail is infected, it will appear red, have puss, smell bad, feel very sore, and your toe skin may begin to grow over the ingrown toenail area. 

Dr. Reisinger or Dr. Farmer will surgically remove part of your ingrown toenail if there is an acute infection. They will cut out the ingrown part of the toenail after injecting the toe with an anesthetic. Ingrown toenails are initially very simple to treat at home with proper foot care, but can become infected. If you seek ingrown toenail treatment in Evansville, IN, don't hesitate to visit Reisinger Farmer Podiatry. Dr. Reisinger and Dr. Farmer will quickly and efficiently treat your ingrown toenail pain. Call (812) 421-8555 for an appointment today.

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