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By drmendoza@mendozafootandankle.com
May 19, 2015
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An ingrown toenail happens when the outer edge of the toenail digs into the skin as it grows, usually occurring in the big toes. It can be extremely painful, red, swollen, and even start oozing. Ingrown toenails can be caused by improperly trimmed nails, heredity, crowding of toes, or even repeated trauma from everyday activities like running and playing basketball.

If you are diabetic or have poor circulation, call our office right away.  These conditions can hinder your body’s ability to heal itself, and the problem needs to be corrected before your toe becomes infected.

Click here or call our office at 615-452-8899 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mendoza today!


By drmendoza@mendozafootandankle.com
May 01, 2015
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Do you have pain in the bottom of your heel? Is it worse when you first get up in the morning? Or after you have been sitting down for a while and stand back up? Does it seem to subside but then return after spending a long time on your feet?  You may have plantar fasciitis!

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia – the ligament that stretches from your heel to your toes.  The ligament may become inflamed at your heel if you have overly-flat or high-arches, work long hours on hard surfaces, or wear non-supportive footwear.  

If you are unable to come in to see Dr. Mendoza for a few days, try to avoid going barefoot – no shoes puts more strain on the plantar fascia (especially if you’re walking on sandy beaches!).  Resting, icing the heel, and stretching the calf and Achilles tendon can also help ease the pain.  Wearing supportive shoes is also important! Other treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Strapping the foot
  • Orthotics to support the arch
  • Steroid injections to break the pain cycle
  • Night splints to keep the keep the plantar fascia extended while sleeping
  • Surgical release of the ligament

Click here or call our office at 615-452-8899 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mendoza today!