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23/Oct/2021

An ingrown toenail is a common foot condition that affects two out of every ten individuals who see a podiatrist. It can be painful and make standing or walking difficult. However, therapy is simple, and it is preventable.

Causes of an ingrown toenail

An ingrown toenail can have many causes:

  • A bruised toe
  • Congenital (shape of your foot).
  • Repeated pressure on the toenails as a result of playing some sports or having a fungal infection or psoriasis.
  • Thick or curved toenails.
  • Trimming of the nails incorrectly, such as cutting the nail too short at the corners.

The big toe is the most often affected, and an ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail grows in a curved path toward the skin as a result of cutting toenails at the wrong angle.

It can affect anyone, but patients who are suffering from the following diseases are more susceptible:

  • Severe nerve damage in your foot.
  • Poor blood circulation.
  • Infection around the nail.

Symptoms of a nail infection

An ingrown toenail can cause your toe to become red, painful, and swollen, but bacteria can enter if the toenail grows into the skin or if the skin grows over the edge of the nail! Furthermore, the nail may become infected.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail infection include:

  • Fluid or pus drains from the toe.
  • Redness or darkening of the area.
  • Feeling of warmth or warmth in the toe.

Ingrown toenail home treatment

  • Soaking the feet in warm water 3 to 4 times a day, which helps soften the skin around the toe and prevents nail growth in it.
  • Keep your feet dry.
  • Wear wide, comfortable shoes and avoid narrow and pointed shoes.
  • To relieve pain, use paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Do not trim your toenails and let them grow.

When do you consult a podiatrist?

First, do not try to cut the ingrown nail yourself, because it may get worse, seek the podiatrist for help. While an ingrown toenail can be treated at home, you should see a podiatrist at Health and Style Health Center if:

  • The condition did not improve after following the mentioned home remedies.
  • Your toe is very painful, swollen, and oozing with pus.
  • You have a high temperature or feel hot or shivering.
  • You have diabetes, which makes foot issues more serious.

Do you need to have surgery?

In most situations, an ingrown toenail does not require surgery, but in severe cases, a podiatrist may need to surgically remove part of the nail. He will inject an anesthetic into your toe. It may take several months for the nail to regrow. After surgery, the patient will be able to resume regular activities within two days. However, you should ask your doctor about when you may resume sports like running.

Prevention

Fortunately, the following steps can help prevent an ingrown toenail

  • Soak the nail in warm water before cutting it or cut it after taking a bath.
  • Clean the nail clipper before using it.
  • Wear appropriate shoes that provide enough room at the toes.
  • Avoid injuring the sides of the nails.
  • If you have diabetes, follow all foot care tips.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.

Remember that even if your feet and nails are in a healthy condition, you will need to visit a podiatrist at Health and Style Health Center to trim your nails and remove calluses professionally. It is also recommended for those who have difficulty taking care of their feet and nails, for example, as a result of difficulty reaching their feet due to problems in their feet. their joints.


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23/Oct/2021

Health and Style Medical Center is a leading foot clinic in the field of foot care and treatment. Our team consists of well qualified podiatrists who offer comprehensive foot and ankle treatment. They also diagnose and treat common foot and ankle problems using the latest technology. As a result, podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center can help all patients.

Our medical team treats each case individually, tailoring the treatment plan to the unique demands and lifestyle of the patient, while also offering specialized care, on the basis of the belief that there is no one treatment that works for everyone. The staff is also committed to assisting all patients in returning to their favorite activities by delivering the best podiatric treatment.

Why choose our foot clinic?

We guarantee that we will do our best to ensure that you are satisfied with your visit and that you receive the treatment and care you need. To achieve this, we are always searching for innovative treatment methods and technology, as well as evaluating the benefits they bring to you.

Our team will provide general foot care advice and can help you with many medical conditions such as corn removal, Ingrown toenails, and thickened nails. Furthermore, we provide the following services:

  • Foot health check.
  • Comprehensive foot care.
  • Diabetic foot care.
  • Medical foot care.
  • Foot care for all family members, regardless of age.
  • Various treatment options for foot orthotics.
  • Performing foot surgery (simple procedures)
  • Gait and postural analysis.
  • Computerized assessment
  • Biomechanics insoles & orthotics

Our foot clinic also offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic services.
  • Connecting with Malaffi to ensure that we provide you with a superior service.
  • Accepting most insurance plans.
  • The ability to book an appointment via WhatsApp.

In your first visit

The podiatrist will:

  • Perform gait analysis, if applicable.
  • Carry out a biomechanical and range of motion testing, if applicable.
  • Take your full medical history.
  • Provide a diagnosis.
  • Develop a treatment plan.

Why do you need to take special care of your feet?

Foot care and visits to the foot clinic are not a luxury, and you should visit our foot clinic in Health and Style Medical Center regularly even if you do not have a specific problem, because the feet provide stability and balance, as well as absorb shocks, so that the rest of the body is not affected during movement.

You don’t have to suffer in silence any longer; we have a remedy for foot problems and we look forward to treating your feet and seeing you happy, satisfied, and healthy soon at all times.


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23/Oct/2021

Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet. As a result, 1 out of every 10 diabetes patients gets foot ulcers, which can lead to serious problems if left untreated.

Diabetes’s effect on the feet

Diabetes can cause many serious foot problems such as:

  • Poor blood circulation: leading to severe coldness, cramps, tingling, or a burning sensation.
  • Neuropathy: impairs the ability to feel pain, pressure, and feeling. However, the patient may have severe aches, particularly at night.
  • Infection: cuts and scrapes are often slow to heal and become easily infected.
  • Soreness: most often caused by wearing poor-fitting shoes. Diabetes may change the shape of the foot, resulting in the need for specialized shoes.

Many people with diabetes are concerned about gangrene. Although gangrene is rare, it is especially dangerous for neglected diabetic foot problems.

Keep your feet healthy

  • Wash them daily with warm water.
  • Pat them gently with a soft towel, especially between the toes.
  • Do not soak your feet for more than 5 minutes.
  • Moisturize your feet daily if they are dry; however, do not put the cream between your toes.
  • Check your feet daily to verify that there are no sores or discharges, and ask someone or use a mirror if you need assistance.
  • Apply a bandage to any sores and consult a podiatrist if they take longer than expected to heal.
  • Maintain normal blood glucose levels.

Foot care tips

  • Schedule a yearly physical examination with your doctor and visit him if you have symptoms such as numbness.
  • Keep your feet clean and protected from infection.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes because improper footwear can cause calluses, calluses, sores, and nail problems.
  • Take care of wounds and ulcers.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Keep your nails trimmed.
  • Visit a podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center to treat call uses or hard skin.
  • Quit smoking because it impairs blood circulation causing serious foot problems.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly to help control diabetes and reduce the risk of developing foot problems.

When do you consult a doctor?

You should see a doctor immediately if:

  • You see cracks in your foot’s skin or a discharge pouring from the wound.
  • Change in the color of the skin over part or all of the foot.
  • You notice additional swelling in your foot where a blister or damage has occurred.
  • There is redness or swelling around the ulcer.

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23/Oct/2021

Did you know that knee pain can happen without accident or injury?! Knee pain is a common complaint that can occur when doing simple activities such as getting up from a chair, walking, or climbing stairs.

So, what causes knee pain?

Your joints and tissues can tolerate certain amount of activity, and this amount varies depending on your health condition. For example, your tolerance can decrease significantly after a period of illness. However, you don’t have to experience pain at the time of the activity, but it can occur within 24 hours afterwards.

Also, athletes who engage in sports that involve jumping or running are more likely to develop knee pain and problems, but some factors can increase the risk, such as:

  • Being overweight.
  • Overuse of the knee.
  • Arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, and gout.
  • Infection in the bones of the knee or the knee joint.
  • Aging

Tips to help you treat knee pain

In most cases, knee pain can be treated within a few days by following these tips:

  • Avoid standing for long periods.
  • Raise your knee as much as possible to reduce swelling.
  • Wear an elastic bandage to provide support for your knee such as Incrediwear.
  • Take an analgesic such as ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Put a pillow under your knees or between your knees when sleeping.
  • Before doing any sport or exercising, make sure that you can move properly and there is no swelling.

Within the first 48 hours of the problem:

  • Rest, however you should move your knee gently every hour for 10 to 20 seconds.
  • Apply ice compress or ice in a washcloth for up to 15 minutes every two hours if you suffer from swelling or warmth.

But after 48 hours:

  • Try to use your knee more.
  • Avoid violent sports or weight lifting.
  • Do simple exercises to help relieve pain.

When to see a podiatrist?

You will need to visit Health and Style Medical Center if you:

  • Cannot bear weight on your knee.
  • Suffering from severe pain, even when you are not bearing weight on your knee.
  • Cannot bend your knee.
  • Notice redness, warmth, or severe swelling around your knee.
  • Have pain, swelling, numbness, or tingling.
  • Suffering from pain after 3 days of home therapy.

Prevention of knee pain

  • Warm-up before exercising.
  • Do stretches when you finish exercising.
  • Lose weight because every 0.5 kg of weight gain puts about 2.25 kg of additional pressure on your knee when going up and downstairs, and the amount of extra pressure is greater when jumping.

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23/Oct/2021

The disease of kings?! & Tips to prevent further attacks

Historically, Gout was called the “disease of kings” because they were more likely to have it, due to their eating habits!

So, what’s gout?

Gout is a common type of arthritis, in which small crystals of uric acid are formed in the body fluids, tissues & joints usually the big toe joint, these crystals are formed as a result of hyperuricemia (high uric acid level). Surprisingly, not all patients with hyperuricemia suffer from gout! Sometimes gout symptoms get worse suddenly & flares happen followed by a long period of remission.

Symptoms may include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat

Factors that increase the risk of getting gout

  • Obesity
  • Having certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes & poor kidney function
  • Taking certain medications, such as diuretics.
  • Eating or drinking high fructose foods or drinks.
  • Following high purines diet by eating too much red meat, salmon & tuna.

Treatment

Usually, there is no need to treat hyperuricemia if you don’t have gout symptoms. Treatment is used to relieve symptoms during gout attacks or to prevent further ones, treatment options may include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroids
  • Colchicine
  • Medicines that help in lowering uric acid in the blood

How can you prevent further gout attacks?

Suddenly, lifestyle changes can help you manage the symptoms

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet & avoid foods high in purines.
  • Exercise 150 minutes weekly including walking & cycling.
  • Visit your doctor regularly.
  • Weight loss, since achieving and maintaining weight may lead to weight loss.

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23/Oct/2021

Vitamin D and bone health… What is the relationship?!

You’ve probably heard a lot about vitamin D’s function in strengthening your immunity and protecting you from illnesses during the last year, but is that all it does? Actually, no, as vitamin D plays a role in promoting your overall health thus, vitamin D deficiency may affect your health & the activities you do since it protects you from many diseases & regulates calcium & phosphate in the body to maintain healthy bones, teeth & muscles.

Despite all of Vitamin D’s surprising benefits, we are going to focus on its role in maintaining healthy bone. Vitamin D is essential for good bone health. People with vitamin D deficiency have a higher risk of osteoporosis, therefore they are more likely to have bone fractures.

Are you vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency?

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin”, which explains why you are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency if you do not get enough sunlight, and of course, this possibility increased after working from home. However, it is recommended to take vitamin D daily throughout the year if you:

  • Spend most of your time at home.
  • Wear clothes that cover most of your skin when you go out.
  • Are African or South Asian, your body may not make enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Vitamin D sources

  • Exposure to sunlight, helps your body make vitamin D.
  • Eating foods rich in vitamin D such as red meat & salmon.
  • Taking vitamin D supplements daily such as Provita D 3 tablets.
  • Visiting Health and Style Medical Center where they offer free vitamin D injections.

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23/Oct/2021

Manage athlete’s foot & tips for prevention

Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is a fungal infection of the feet, that can affect anyone! but athletes are more vulnerable to have it since their feet are usually sweety & damp which encourages tinea pedis to grow.
Symptoms of tinea pedis include:

  • Redness
  • Cracked skin
  • Stinging
  • Itching

Symptoms usually appear between the toes.

9 tips for athletes’ foot

  1. Dry your feet, especially between toes.
  2. Use a separate towel for your feet.
  3. Take your shoes off when you are at home.
  4. Wear cotton socks & change them every day.
  5. Avoid rubbing or scratching the affected skin to avoid transmission of infection.
  6. Don’t walk barefoot in public areas like swimming pools.
  7. Don’t share towels, socks, or shoes.
  8. Avoid wearing the same shoes for more than two days in a row.
  9. Wear breathable shoes.

Treatment

Tinea pedis treatment usually takes two weeks, and you can seek the help of a pharmacist to prescribe the appropriate medications. But you will need to see a doctor if:

  • You do not feel better after using the treatment prescribed by the pharmacist.
  • Your foot is red and painful.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have had an organ transplant or are undergoing chemotherapy.

Protection

Tinea pedis can be prevented by taking simple steps such as:

  • Wash your feet daily with soap & water then dry them well, especially between the toes.
  • Wear flip-flops in public bathrooms.
  • Use talcum powder to reduce sweating.
  • Wear breathable shoes.
  • Change shoes & socks regularly.

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Do you need to see a podiatrist?

Your feet deserve special attention, & the podiatrist is the one who can take care of them properly. The
podiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in treating abnormal conditions of the feet and lower
limbs, as well as helps relieve pain, prevent deformities of the feet & correct them, finally gives the
patients tips about how to choose the right footwear.

He can also relieve foot pain & treat common foot problems, including:

  • Nail problems such as thickened toenails or ingrown toenails
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Bunion
  • Diabetic foot
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Feet aging
  • Gout & corns
  • Sports injuries of the feet
  • Warts

So, when do you see a podiatrist?

You can always see a podiatrist even if your feet are in a good condition! Because you may need a
treatment session to remove the hard skin or cut your toenails or advice about the shoes you use – you
can bring your shoes- or to make sure that you take care of your feet properly.
For sure, you should consult a specialist if you suffer from any problem related to the feet, such as the
examples mentioned above. The specialist also provides orthopedic devices, which are specially
designed to relieve arch or heel pain & to make your shoes more comfortable.
Podiatrists can also help with more complex foot problems, including preventing, diagnosing & treating
sports and exercise-related injuries.

Now you know when to go to a podiatrist, you just need to book your medical visit by calling 026330515
or 0555116072 at the Health & Style Medical Center in Abu Dhabi.


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23/Oct/2021

An ankle sprain is a common injury that occurs when one or more ligaments on your ankle are overstretched or twisted. Any awkward twists or turns may lead to abnormal joint stresses that may cause a sprain or ligament damage as severe as a tear. The ligaments that surround your ankle hold your bones together.

Why Ankle Sprain?

It is most common in people who perform sports activities. All ligaments in your ankle have a certain extent up to which they can move to protect your joints. It causes a sprain when those ligaments are forced to move out of their limits.

The major ligaments of the ankle are the anterior tibiofibular ligament, the lateral collateral ligaments, and the deltoid ligaments. There are mainly two types of ankle sprain such as medial ligament injury and lateral ligament injury. A medial ankle sprain occurs when the deltoid ligament on the inside of the ankle joint is stretched too far. The medial ankle ligaments are sturdy structures on the side of the ankle joint. Based on the severity of the twists or injury, sprains have been classified as mild, moderate, and severe. It is a rare type of ankle injury as the medial ligaments are strong. However, it will take more time to heal than other ankle sprains.

The majority of the ankle sprains are lateral ligament injuries, also known as inversion injuries. Your foot forcefully twists inward and the ligaments are torn due to the rapid shift. This type of injury is most common in sports stars, athletes, and martial artists. They are also prone to chronic ankle sprains as the history of previous injuries and poor care are the main risk factors.

Other risk factors include:

  • Repeated stretching of ligaments due to daily activities
  • Sports activities
  • Poor or incorrectly fitted footwear
  • High Heels
  • Walking through risky surfaces
  • Poor physical strength
  • Any actions or falls that causes your ankle to move out of its normal position

When to see the doctor? : Signs & Symptoms

The primary symptom of an ankle sprain is obvious pain and swelling in the ankle. Putting pressure on your ankle with movement or placing weight will be painful and it may spread around the whole ankle. The signs and symptoms include:

  • Tenderness and bruising
  • Difficulty or uneasiness in movements
  • Stiffness on the affected foot
  • Instability in walking

How can I treat Ankle Sprain? : Treatment options

Treatment options need to be decided on the basis of the severity of injuries on your ankle. Surgeries are not required in most cases unless ligaments are torn completely.

Initial Assessment – In this step, the doctor will conduct a physical examination to study the signs and symptoms. It will be helpful in understanding the severity of the symptoms and injury. The doctor may also use an X-Ray, MRI Scan, or Ultrasound Scan during the initial assessment.

Treatment – The doctor will first educate you on your particular injury and how to manage this. He uses conservative treatments methods include:

  • Ice treatment – helps to reduce inflammation in the affected area.
  • Complete foot care measures – educate you about home treatments and care.
  • Suggest the best shoes and suitable Moon Boots as per your condition.
  • Help with physiotherapy
  • Prescribe non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain.
  • Other options to reduce activity and limit motions
  • Do the regular assessment

According to studies, more than 90% of ankle sprains are treated without surgery. However, the duration of the treatments may vary depends on the type of symptoms and injury.

WE HELP YOU STAND ON YOUR FEET

Health & Style Medical Centre, the first private podiatry practice in Abu Dhabi, aspire to provide the most up to date knowledge and understanding of the lower limb whilst delivering world-class service to our patients with the aid of state of the art Podiatry equipment.

HSMC will do the most effective and advanced treatment for ankle sprains.

Click – https://hsmc.me/                 


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23/Oct/2021

Flat Feet: Types, Symptoms, assessment and Treatment

Flat feet is typically a painless condition or postural deformity in which the arches of your feet are flattening and completely in contact with the ground.

What happens if you have Flat Feet?

The arch of your foot helps to support your body weight and provides stability and balance. People with flat feet condition have a very little arch or no arch as their feet are flattened on the floor. Although it is painless, it can cause pain on your ankles and foot when your leg muscles are overburdened to carry out the functions of the foot arch.

You need to be aware of the fact that not all flat feet are deformities. Some with flat feet condition may not have problems in their lives and daily activities. However, there are some other conditions that are related to flat feet. It could be a reason for the growth of bunions and hammertoes. It can also cause pain in your heel, arch, ankle, knee, hip, and ultimately your lower back.

What causes Flat Feet?

Genetic factors are the most common cause of flat foot as children can have this condition by hereditary. Flat foot caused due to genetic condition cannot be prevented, but we can prevent it from being worse.

According to the studies, the condition of flat feet or fallen arches is most common in infants and children. However, arches can become high or normal as children grow. Your foot arches usually develop during the infant and childhood stages.

Some people have birth deformities like the tarsal coalition that cause flat foot. A tarsal coalition is an unusual connection that grows between two bones within the back of the foot, known as the tarsal bones. This may lead to restricted movement and fallen arches.  Some other rare causes include:

  • Abnormalities in fetal development.
  • Damage to the plantar fascia, the thick tissue that protects foot bones.
  • Wear and tear and getting older
  • Obesity

When to see the doctor? : Signs & Symptoms

The important thing for most people to understand is that not all flat feet need to be treated as long as the condition is not causing any problems for you. But it is strongly recommended to see the doctor if you have flat feet and you are suffering with:

  • Pain in the ankle, knee, or hip.
  • Trouble in walking or body balance
  • Numbness and tingling

How can I treat Flat Feet? : Treatment options

Treatment options need to be decided on the basis of what type of flat feet you have. There are usually two types of fallen arches: functional and structural. In the case of a functional flat foot, your foot is flexible and the arch is visible when it is not on the ground. It becomes flat when you stand and in contact with the ground. Structural flat foot is more complicated as it is a condition due to abnormal foot structure or deformities like a tarsal coalition.

Initial Assessment – The first and most important part of treatment is to decide the need and type of treatment.  In this step, the podiatrist will find whether your condition is a functional flat foot or a structural flat foot. The doctor will:

  • Observe your stance
  • Assess different foot positions
  • Ask questions on signs & symptoms and conditional problems
  • Measurement of feet can be done using a variety of instruments such as Pedoscope, Goniometer (to measure foot angles), and computerized pressure analysis mapping.
  • refer X-Ray or Ultrasound scan

Treatment – The podiatrist will first educate you on your particular condition and how to manage this. Being aware of the abnormality and following conservative care prescribed by the doctor will help you to manage the flat feet and prevent it from getting worse. Podiatrist will:

  • Help you with complete foot care
  • Prescribe strengthening and stretching exercises.
  • Suggest best shoes, insoles orthotics, and other shoe inserts that provides anatomical arch support.
  • Help with physiotherapy
  • Prescribe non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain.
  • Do regular assessment

In severe abnormalities and structural deformities, the podiatrist will recommend surgery. It is rarely needed and will be helpful if conservative care is not worked well. Surgery can be effective if the problem is with your bones, tissues, or muscles. However, a combination of both surgery and conservative foot care can assure you better support to live well with flat feet.

WE HELP YOU STAND ON YOUR FEET

Health & Style Medical Centre, the first private podiatry practice in Abu Dhabi, aspire to provide the most up to date knowledge and understanding of the lower limb whilst delivering world class service to our patients with the aid of state of the art Podiatry equipment.

HSMC will do most effective and advanced treatment for Flat Feet.

Click – https://hsmc.me/


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