By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
February 13, 2018
Category: Common Conditions
Tags: ingrown toenail  

Dealing with toenail discomfort? It could be an ingrown toenail!

Have you suddenly noticed that the nail of your big toe is sore and tender to the touch, particularly at the edge? If you take a closer look ingrown toenaildoes the nail look like it’s growing into the skin? Perhaps the skin is even a bit puffy and red. If so, then you could be dealing with an ingrown toenail. Our Amory foot doctor and Starkville foot doctor Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, Jr. are here to tell you more about ingrown toenails and when you should seek medical attention.

An ingrown toenail happens when the edge of the nail grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can be rather uncomfortable for the sufferer. Most of the time an ingrown toenail will go away by itself, but there are ways to manage your symptoms in the meantime.

One ideal way to ease pain and swelling is to soak those sore peds in warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes. You don’t have to wait for pain to set in to benefit from this, as this can also be a great way to prevent pain from rearing its ugly head. You can even apply some Epsom salts to the water to relieve achiness or soreness. Doing this several times a day can be just the trick you need to reduce ingrown toenail problems.

However, there are instances in which you will want to turn to our Amory foot doctor and Starkville foot doctor for proper care rather than trying to handle the problem yourself. If you have diabetes or a weak immune system something as simple as an ingrown toenail can become a more serious problem. You should also come in for treatment if you notice pain or swelling that isn’t responding to at-home care or gets worse, or if you notice pus around the nail (this is a sign of infection).

Don’t let foot problems affect you. Whatever issues you are having, it’s time to have an expert opinion. Call Foot Specialists of Mississippi today. We offer two convenient locations in Amory and Starkville, MS, to cater to your comprehensive foot care needs.

By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
November 27, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

Bunion pain doesn’t have to be the norm. Find out how to manage your symptoms.

Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities around. While most people don’t even know that they have a bunion, there are bunionscertain symptoms that can arise that immediately send people to our Starkville and Amory, MS, podiatrists, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, Jr., for a diagnosis.

If you have been diagnosed with a bunion here’s what you can do to keep symptoms at bay.

Simple Treatment Options

Our goal as your Starkville and Amory foot doctor is to make sure that you get the treatment you need without having to turn to invasive measures. Did you know that a lot of the symptoms you experience on account of your bunion can be eased and even prevented with at-home measures such as:

Maintaining an ideal weight: If you are overweight or obese, this can certainly put a lot more pressure on the joints of your feet. Overworked joints can cause further issues for your feet in the long run, not to mention the fact that it will also aggravate your bunion. By losing weight and keeping it off you can reduce the workload that your feet have to deal with day in and day out, which can also help those with bunions.

Wearing orthotics within your shoes: Sometimes the shoes you wear don’t provide as much support as you would like. While it’s now more essential than ever to make sure that your shoes provide you with the proper shock absorption, stability and support, sometimes your best option is to place custom orthotics into your everyday shoes to offer further stability. Our Starkville and Amory foot doctor offers prescription orthotics, which can redistribute the weight more evenly when walking or standing to take pressure off the affected joint.

Stretching the foot every day: There are a variety of exercises you can perform several times a day that will help to improve flexibility and range-of-motion while also strengthening the muscles, joints and connective tissues in your feet to improve how your feet function even with bunions. We would be happy to show you a variety of simple foot exercises that could help.

Surgical Options

While our goal is to try and provide you with the treatments and remedies you need without surgery, if you aren’t experiencing relief from your symptoms or if symptoms are too severe and don’t respond to at-home care then surgery may be the only method.

Foot Specialists of Mississippi has two offices in Amory and Starkville, MS to serve you better. Whether you are looking for ways to alleviate bunion symptoms or you want to learn more about the services we provide, call our office today.

By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
October 02, 2017
Category: Healthy Lifestyle
Tags: Heel Pain  

Never ignore heel pain. Our Starkville and Amory, MS podiatrists, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, Jr, can examine you to heel paindetermine the cause of your pain and discomfort. Delaying treatment oftentimes can lead to increased pain.

Causes of Heel Pain

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is referred to as heel and arch pain because of inflammation at the bottom of the foot. This inflammation is found in the connective tissue known as the plantar fascia. This stretches from the base of the toes across the arch of the foot to where it goes into the heel bone. Overpronation is generally why it occurs as the foot rolls inward excessively when walking which flattens the foot and lengthens the arch, which puts tension on this part of the foot. This leads to inflammation.

Another source of heel pain that your Starkville and Amory podiatrist can diagnose is heel spur syndrome. This condition is usually treated with conservative measures such as ice, stretching, custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medicine and even physical therapy. We also use the IQ Eequinus Brace with significant success to help ease heel pain in patients.

Haglund’s Deformity causes heel pain too. This is a painful enlargement on the back of the heel bone. This appears as a painful, red and swollen area in the back of the heel bone. Soaking the feet, changing the shoes one wears and anti-inflammatory medications help the symptoms of this problem.

Lastly, heel fissures or cracking of the skin on the heels can cause heel pain. The skin thickens as a result of the friction. Wearing proper shoes and hydrating the feet can reduce the dryness associated with these fissures.

Ultimately, your Starkville and Amory, MS podiatrist Dr. Christensen and Dr. VanYperen can examine a patient and determine the cause of their heel pain. To schedule an appointment today to discuss your symptoms, call 662-257-2357.

By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
September 21, 2017
Category: Healthy Lifestyle
Tags: recipe  


Recipe via Finding Beautiful Truth

Football season is officially here, and we're fans of keeping our tailgate spread easy to prep and packed with delicious flavor. This spicy chipotle ketchup compliments all your game day favorites--pigs in a blanket, corn dogs, sweet potato fries and bite size sliders. All you need is a bottle of store-bought ketchup and a few pantry ingredients. Tailgating never tasted better!

Things you'll need:

  • 1 c. pre-made ketchup
  • 2 tbs. chipotle paste*
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 tps. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

*You can find chipotle paste at your specialty grocer or online at Amazon.

Combine the ketchup, chipotle paste and honey in a saucepan over low heat. As the mixture heats up, stir continuously to keep it rom scalding. It should take a couple of minutes for the ingredients to combine.

Remove the sauce from heat, and stir the salt and chili powder. You can add more chili powder and salt based on taste and personal preference.

Let the sauce cool for 5-10 minutes, and garnish it with additional chili powder before serving.

Keep the leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refridgerator for up to a week.

By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
July 24, 2017
Category: Patient Education
Tags: Foot Fungus  


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The problem with nail fungus problems is that many people don’t even know they have one because the symptoms don’t manifest into pain. Often times they only change the appearance of your nails and individuals think it is simply a minor problem, but in fact, something more serious is occurring. If left untreated by your Starkville and Amory, MS podiatrists, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, a fungal nail infection can become serious. It is highly contagious and it is important to keep foot fungus from spreading to your partner or family.

About Fungal Infections

Topical and oral antifungal medications may be prescribed by your foot doctor to help treat the infection. Permanent nail removal is another treatment for more difficult fungal nails. Oftentimes bacterial or yeast infections can lead to pain or trouble walking or running, which must be treated too. Any type of nail bed injury may make you more susceptible to other types of infections. In severe cases, surgical treatment may be required to remove infected nails.

After an infection has been cleared up, take steps to prevent infection from recurring. This includes washing and drying the feet at night and applying powder to dry feet after bathing. Don’t share nail files, nail clippers, shoes or socks with others at any time. Try not to injure your nail by cutting the nail too short or at an angle to prevent future infections. Keep the feet clean and dry at all times. Wear dry cotton socks and change them if necessary. Always wear shower sandals or shoes when at a public pool or shower.

For more information on treating your fungal infection and how to prevent spreading it to your loved one, schedule an appointment with Foot Specialists of Mississippi in Starkville and Amory, MS.

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1107 Earl Frye Blvd Suite #1 Amory, MS 38821 - Amory
107 Brandon Road Starkville, MS 39759 - Starkville
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