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By Dr. Darren Elenburg
September 29, 2017
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Cute as they are, kids are magnets for all kinds of trouble! One example is warts!  If they happen to be on the sole of the foot, they’re known as plantar warts, because they are on the plantar aspect or bottom of the foot.  Children get warts more than adults because their immune system is still developing.A foot with a bandaid on the toe

So let’s say you or your little one develops a wart.  What options do you have?  You could try to just wait it out.   But they can be painful or embarrassing, but they’re usually not “harmful” in a medical sense.   However, a medical evaluation should be done to ensure they are a wart and not a skin cancer.   Warts can spontaneously go away; but it might take quite a few months or even a few years.  If you do decide to go this route don't pick at the wart; not only does this not work, but can cause warts to spread. It will also be important to maintain good hygiene, wash hands, change socks regularly, etc.

Most of the time something should be done because if left untreated, warts can spread to other parts of the body—or other family members. Warts should also always be treated if they cause pain, whether that’s the physical pain of standing on a bump all day, or the emotional pain of embarrassment and self-consciousness.

Over the counter medications at the grocery store typically is not enough if the wart is on the sole of the foot, because the skin is very thick.  Dr. Elenburg at the Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma, has more potent medication that is available.  Also, he can offload the areas to relieve pain by padding around the area.  If this is not enough, he may offer freezing or burning off the wart.

Dr. Elenburg at the Foot and Ankle Center will offer treatment options, so you can choose what is right for you! 

To schedule an appointment with us in either Oklahoma City or Edmond, OK, give us a call at (405) 463-6700.

By Dr. Darren Elenburg
September 13, 2017

children's feetAn ingrown toenail can be a painful problem for a little one. In this condition toenail (usually the one on the largest toe) gets pulled or pushed into the surrounding fleshy skin. For starters, they may be dealing with redness, swelling, and extreme tenderness that can cause pain with even a light touch. Go a week or two without treating it, and it can get even worse—maybe even lead to an infection!

Fortunately, as a parent you have some options. Here’s a quick checklist of how you can help ease their pain and keep it from happening again as best as possible.

  • Check their shoes. When it comes to kids, tight shoes are a frequent cause of ingrown toenails. Because their feet grow so fast, a pair that fit last month might already be too cramped! Keep them in roomy shoes, or even sandals if the weather permits it.
  • Soak their feet. For a minor ingrown toenail, soaking your child’s feet twice per day in warm salt water for about 20 minutes helps relieve much of the pain. After the soak, dry thoroughly and apply an antibiotic cream.
  • Gently prop the nail. If you wish, you can place a clean piece of dry cotton or dental floss under the ingrown edge of the nail to relieve some of the pressure. Make sure you change this at least twice per day.
  • Cut their nails carefully. Another common cause of this condition? Nails that get cut too short. The next time you trim, make sure you leave a little length on the end. Don’t curve the nails either—go straight across.
  • See us if the ingrown toenail is severe or doesn’t improve. If your child is still experiencing pain after several days, or you notice any signs of infection, please take your child to see the team at the Foot and Ankle Center of Oklahoma. We want to help your little one get better fast and avoid a nasty infection!

At our office, we can carefully and safely cut out the corner or edge of the nail so it’s no longer digging into your child’s skin. If necessary, we can even stop a portion of the nail from growing back again—this may be necessary if the problem is caused by genetics rather than circumstance.

We’ve treated ingrown toenails for kids of all ages, from infants to active teenagers. We’d love to help your family, too! Give us a call at (405) 463-6700, or fill out a contact form online to get started.

By Dr. Darren Elenburg
July 26, 2017
Category: Skin and Nail Care

Do you need sunscreen on your feet?

How many times have you gone out for an hour or two without sunscreen, then paid the price for it? Maybe you feel asleep a little too long by the pool, or thought you could squeeze in nine quick holes before the sun got too high in the sky.

Or how about this one: You did put on sunscreen, just not enough of it, and not in all the right places. Arms and shoulders? Totally fine. Tops of the ears though? Burnt to a crisp.

Unfortunately, for many people, the tops of feet often fall into that later category. If you’re going out in open-toed shoes (hopefully good, supportive ones instead of flip-flips!) or planning to spend some time barefoot at the pool or beach, you need to make sure your feet are protected.

Aside from avoiding a painful sunburn, the main reason that any of us use sunscreen is, of course, to reduce the risk of skin cancer. The good news is that the bottoms of your feet offer good natural protection from harmful UV rays, so you don’t really have to worry about them. But the tops of your feet—which spend most of their time directly facing the sun—are much more vulnerable.

And the truth is, the tops of your feet are one of the last places you really want to feel a sunburn—or worse, develop a form of skin cancer. There’s a very simple reason for this. In order to give you the best chance for survival and recovery, aggressive skin cancers (such as malignant melanoma) must be identified and treated as early as possible. If the signs of cancer (for example, splotchy moles that change size, color, or shape) are on your face and arms, you’ll probably notice them pretty quickly. But if they’re on your feet, it might take longer to realize a problem and seek help for it.

So the next time you’re heading out the door to relax or explore in your sandals, remember to apply the sunscreen liberally to the tops of your feet and any other spots where the sun might shine. You will keep yourself from a painful burn, and reduce your risk for much greater problems down the line.

If you have any concerns about spots on your skin, or any other issues with your feet or ankles, please make an appointment today with Dr. Darren Elenburg at the Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. You can reach us at (405) 463-6700.

By Darren Elenburg, DPM, FACFAS
July 11, 2017
Category: Skin and Nail Care

Prenting warts and fungal infectionsSo, you’re getting ready to head to the pool, huh? You’ve got your sunscreen, check. Towel, check. Snacks, check. Wait – what about your shower shoes? Believe us when we tell you those are just as important to remember as your bathing suit!

The virus that causes ugly warts and the fungus responsible for athlete’s foot and fungal nails love hanging out at the pool as much as you do -- and they’re just waiting for you to arrive so they can latch onto your bare feet!

Preventing warts and other unsightly infections starts with protecting your feet when in public places, especially those that provide a damp, warm environment like pool decks, gym locker rooms and showers. These are places where fungi thrive and where others carrying the wart virus may have left their trace on a towel or floor. All it takes is a small opening in the skin of your feet for the virus or fungus to enter and wreak havoc. That’s why it’s so important you bring along and wear those shower shoes!

Other prevention tips to avoid warts and fungal infections include:

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Wearing moisture-wicking socks
  • Alternating the shoes you wear to give them time to dry out
  • Treating your feet and shoes with antimicrobial powder or spray
  • Not sharing footwear, towels, toiletries, or pedicure tools

Summer’s no time to have a painful wart, the red, itchy rash of athlete’s foot, or thick and yellow fungal toenails! Keep your feet safe from these bothersome and unsightly problems by following the tips above. If you do happen to pick up the virus or fungus that causes these issues, come see us for treatment to stop the infection and keep it from spreading! Call for an appointment at our Oklahoma City, OK office by dialing (405) 463-6700.

Okay, now you’re ready to go to the pool!Coming soon.

Running eventSummer always brings a burst of activity for kids and adults alike. Whether you’re off to soccer camp, playing some pickup basketball, or simply going for a long run or bike ride, the time couldn’t be better than now. That is, unless heel pain, an ankle sprain, or other lower extremity athletic injury brings your summer to a crashing halt.

Exercise is, of course, great for your physical and mental health. But pain and injury while exercising is one of the top reasons people quit their routines, or never get off the couch in the first place. Lowering your sports injury risk, and taking steps to minimize the pain and pressure you feel with every step, can help you get out and go.

  • It starts with your shoes. Obviously, the fit matters—don’t try to squeeze into shoes that are too tight or big. But the type of shoe matters, too. By that we mean more than “don’t run your marathon in Crocs.” If you play a lot of basketball, for example, get yourself a good pair of basketball shoes; don’t assume your runners or cross-trainers are up to the task.
  • Don’t forget to replace those shoes when it’s time, either. We all get attached, of course. But that squishy midsole flattens with time, and that means less and less arch support and shock absorption for your bones and soft tissues. For active individuals, a new pair every 3 months or 400-500 miles is a good rule of thumb, though that varies based on factors like weight, activity, shoe quality, etc.
  • You can’t go from eating Doritos on the couch to starting in the NBA in a day. If you haven’t been active for a while, you’re ramping up your activity levels, or you’re switching sports, go slow at first. Your body and muscles need time to adjust to new motions and intensity levels. If you don’t check yourself, you’re very likely to wreck yourself.
  • If you’re a runner, remember that terrain make a difference, too. Try switching to flatter, softer surfaces if your current route is working over your feet.
  • Vary your activities. You want to avoid making the same types of motions over and over every day, especially high-impact events like running and jumping. Balance your weekly routine with alternatives like weight training, trying a different sport, or lower-impact cardio like biking or swimming.
  • Warm up for 5-10 minutes before you exercise. This helps get the blood flowing and your body and mind ready for activity. Light cardio and stretching are good choices.
  • Cool down after exercise, too. It helps your core temperature and heart rate return to normal more gradually. This can help prevent fainting and dizziness and prevent waste products from building up in your muscles.

If you find that your efforts to prevent or reduce your foot and ankle pain aren’t working, it’s time to make the call and set up an appointment with Dr. Darren Elenburg at Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. You may have a foot condition that needs to be diagnosed and addressed through treatment options such as custom orthotics. To set up your appointment, please dial (405) 463-6700.

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