Items filtered by date: July 2023

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

Why Do Corns Develop?

A corn is a small, hardened layer of skin that develops from excessive friction. Despite its small size, it can cause a considerable amount of discomfort. A corn can develop from wearing shoes that are too tight, and a common place to find a corn is on the pinky toe. They can also form on top of the toes with existing foot conditions such as hammer toe or bunions. Some people find that corns have developed between the toes, and these are referred to as soft corns. Mild relief may be found temporarily when a protective pad is worn over the corn. Additionally, it may be beneficial to change the type of shoes that are worn or to wear a different size. If corns are consistently developing, or if the pain level increases, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can provide you with correct treatment methods.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Stanley Luksenburg, DPM of Home Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Fairway Park, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

The Impact of Aging on the Feet

Aging takes a toll on the body, including the feet. Given all that the feet do for us in our lifetimes and what they endure, it is no surprise that problems occur. From general wear and tear to structural changes, several factors contribute to the impact of aging on our feet. The natural slowdown of cell turnover and collagen production can result in thinner skin, including the fatty layer that provides cushioning on the soles and heels of the feet, which can make walking and standing uncomfortable. The erosion of cartilage between joints and inflammation of the bursa and tendons increases with age, and this can cause reduced flexibility in the feet and discomfort. Various types of arthritis can affect the joints, bones, and tendons in the feet, toes, and ankles, causing pain and stiffness. Dry skin, particularly on the soles of their feet can lead to cracked heels and calluses. Hormonal changes related to aging can cause toenails to thicken and become brittle, making them harder to maintain and increasing the risk of nail-related problems. Furthermore, circulation problems become more common as we age. Edema, characterized by the accumulation of fluid in the feet and ankles, may occur due to compromised blood circulation. This can lead to discomfort, swelling, and a higher susceptibility to infections. To deal with age-related foot issues, it is suggested that seniors visit a podiatrist as part of their healthcare routine. A podiatrist can examine the feet, identify issues, and provide appropriate treatment and guidance for maintaining foot health.

If you need your feet checked, contact Stanley Luksenburg, DPM of Home Foot Care. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Fairway Park, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

Types of Toenail Fungus

Fungus can affect the nails and is more apt to develop on the toenails as a result of warm and moist environments the feet can be in. It is an unsightly nail infection, and many people seek relief options to improve the appearance of their toenails. Common symptoms that are associated with toenail fungus can include brittle, thickened nails, and in severe cases, the nails may fall off. The most common type of toenail fungus is referred to as tinea unguium. The infection typically begins under the nail and gradually spreads until medical treatment is sought. White superficial onychomycosis is a nail fungal infection that is found in the top layer of the nail. This may be easier to treat than other types of toenail fungus. If you notice a change in your toenails, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and offer treatment options for toenail fungus.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Stanley Luksenburg, DPM of Home Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Fairway Park, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Ingrown Toenails in Children

Ingrown toenails, or onychocryptosis, is a nail disorder that children and adults can get where the toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail. Since the toenail pierces the skin, it can be a site for inflammation and infection. This can be painful and impact a child’s activities. Ingrown toenails often affect teenagers. They may get this from wearing shoes that are too tight and compress the nails, from cutting their toenails improperly, or from getting a fungal nail infection. Properly fitted shoes should have room in the toe box for the toes to move easily. Toenails should be cut straight across, not too short, and the edges should be smoothed with a nail file. Fungal nail infections can cause thickening of the toenails, which are more apt to break off in small spikes near the outer edge of the toenail causing an ingrown toenail. Teens who play a lot of sports often have sweaty feet and this can make the toenails tender and easier to penetrate surrounding skin. If your child has an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to have the nail examined and proper treatment administered.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Stanley Luksenburg, DPM of Home Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Fairway Park, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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