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Kimberly Nguyen

Podiatrist | Primary Podiatric Medicine

<p>Dr. Kimberly Nguyen is a podiatrist practicing in HARRISBURG, PA. Dr. Nguyen is a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of the foot , ankle and related parts of the leg. As a podiatrist, Dr. Nguyen diagnoses and treats conditions of the feet. The feet are key body parts that give a person stability, absorb shock, allow for walking and standing and are necessary for overall well-being. So, the feet need expert care.&nbsp;</p>
<p><span style="font-family: din-next-w01-light, din-next-w02-light, din-next-w10-light, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; text-align: center;">Dr. Kimberly Nguyen is a Foot and Ankle Specialist who completed her Podiatric education at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2010. &nbsp;She then completed her Podiatric medical and surgical residency training at University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center in Cleveland Ohio. Dr. Nguyen is bilingual, speaking both English and Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. In addition to office appointments, Dr. Nguyen is also providing care to several nursing homes in the Harrisburg area and House calls in the Harrisburg area for bed bound and home bound patients.</span></p>
7 years Experience
Kimberly Nguyen
  • HARRISBURG, PA
  • Kent State University College
  • Accepting new patients

Why is the top of my left foot swollen?

It could really be a number of things, a stress fracture, a traumatic fracture, a sprain, a cyst. Without seeing it, examining it and taking an X-ray there’s really not telling READ MORE
It could really be a number of things, a stress fracture, a traumatic fracture, a sprain, a cyst. Without seeing it, examining it and taking an X-ray there’s really not telling what it is that could be causing the swelling. I’d say go to a doctor just in case, if something is fractured or sprained if left untreated it can cause problems down the road.

What is the best way to eliminate foot odor?

People laugh when I say this, but try deodorant. I usually tell people to buy one separate and use it on your feet. If this does not work, see a doctor about hyperhidrosis (sweaty READ MORE
People laugh when I say this, but try deodorant. I usually tell people to buy one separate and use it on your feet. If this does not work, see a doctor about hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet). There are prescription creams that work great. There are obviously also OTC deodorizing foot powders you could also give a go.

How do ingrown toenails get infected?

The pressure from the nail puts pressure on the side of your cuticle, this added pressure along with the environment our feet usually are in can cause, friction or a small opening READ MORE
The pressure from the nail puts pressure on the side of your cuticle, this added pressure along with the environment our feet usually are in can cause, friction or a small opening for the bacteria to enter...leading to an infection. There are permanent procedures of removing the side of the ingrown mail and killing the nails root I usually recommend to people who not only have ingrowns but ingrowns that frequently get infected.

Should I try to remove a toenail?

I would see a doctor, although it would probably result in the doctor removing the nail, they can also check if there is a fracture under the nail, if so and it’s an open fracture READ MORE
I would see a doctor, although it would probably result in the doctor removing the nail, they can also check if there is a fracture under the nail, if so and it’s an open fracture it can lead to a serious infection if not treated properly.

Why is my toe bleeding randomly?

Stubbing your toe can cause more than just problems with the toenail. I would recommend that you see your local podiatrist as soon as possible for an x-ray to make sure there is READ MORE
Stubbing your toe can cause more than just problems with the toenail. I would recommend that you see your local podiatrist as soon as possible for an x-ray to make sure there is not a fracture. This can lead to many problems if not treated correctly and as soon as possible.

How are plantar warts caused?

Plantar warts are caused by a virus, at some point you came into contact with this virus. Sometimes this can happen if someone in the family or someone you came into contact was READ MORE
Plantar warts are caused by a virus, at some point you came into contact with this virus. Sometimes this can happen if someone in the family or someone you came into contact was exposed to the virus or is infected.

How can I reduce the growth of hammer toe?

There is only one true way to fix a hammertoe and that is surgery. Although there are splints and other things such as padding and such, nothing will fix the appearance of a hammertoe READ MORE
There is only one true way to fix a hammertoe and that is surgery. Although there are splints and other things such as padding and such, nothing will fix the appearance of a hammertoe without surgery. Depending on the type of hammertoe will determine the surgery and the extent of the surgery and recovery.

Can you treat heel spurs at home?

What you have is called plantar fasciitis from the sounds of it. Look up plantar fasciitis stretching online to see what you should be doing twice a day along with icing and READ MORE
What you have is called plantar fasciitis from the sounds of it. Look up plantar fasciitis stretching online to see what you should be doing twice a day along with icing and taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. Tylenol will help the pain but will not decrease inflammation. If these things do not work to decrease the pain in 2 weeks, it is time to go get checked out.

What can I do for dry and cracked feet?

Yes walking, especially in flip flops or open shoes can cause dry cracked skin. I would say if there are open cracks start applying triple antibiotic ointment to them to soften READ MORE
Yes walking, especially in flip flops or open shoes can cause dry cracked skin. I would say if there are open cracks start applying triple antibiotic ointment to them to soften and protect. A pumice stone daily in the shower should help the callused skin and a lotion with any urea will help as well.

What can I do about my nail infection?

One of the ways to treat the infection is to remove the toenail. If you don't want to do that yet, I would talk to your doctor about a course of antibiotics to see if it might READ MORE
One of the ways to treat the infection is to remove the toenail. If you don't want to do that yet, I would talk to your doctor about a course of antibiotics to see if it might clear it up. Also try soaking your infected toe in epsom salt and lukewarm water. But this is all very general information, without seeing the infection and the toe myself it is hard to say if those suggestions would work.

Can tight shoes cause corns on my feet?

Yes, pressure on bony parts of the feet, can cause calluses and corns, the pinky toes are very prone to this. Either for go the tight shoes or get padding that will protect the READ MORE
Yes, pressure on bony parts of the feet, can cause calluses and corns, the pinky toes are very prone to this. Either for go the tight shoes or get padding that will protect the area.

Are there home remedies for foot fungus?

You can try an over the counter athlete's foot powder or cream. From my own patients, the cream works better. The college shower is the easiest way to get a fungal skin infection/athlete's READ MORE
You can try an over the counter athlete's foot powder or cream. From my own patients, the cream works better. The college shower is the easiest way to get a fungal skin infection/athlete's foot. I would suggest wearing flip flops when showering to protect yourself.

How do you repair an ingrown toenail?

The signs of infection are: reddness, swelling, increase in warmth, appearance of pus. If these symptoms are present, the aggravating factor, the ingrown needs to be removed and READ MORE
The signs of infection are: reddness, swelling, increase in warmth, appearance of pus. If these symptoms are present, the aggravating factor, the ingrown needs to be removed and flushed and depending on the severity of the infection, an antiobiotic may be needed. Although you could attempt to self treat, I have also seen many cases in which patients have made their ingrowns and infection worse by trying to self treat. Your local podiatrist will be better able not only to see but also technically skilled in removal of the ingrown.

Why does my big toe hurt when I apply too much pressure?

It is most likely an ingrown toenail. Sometimes it is hard for you, yourself to see an ingrown on yourself due to the angle. It’s worth a visit to your local podiatrist, especially READ MORE
It is most likely an ingrown toenail. Sometimes it is hard for you, yourself to see an ingrown on yourself due to the angle. It’s worth a visit to your local podiatrist, especially if this has been an ongoing issue. There are certain treatments to permanently treat an ingrown nail.

Why are my feet dry and cracked?

Dry and cracked feet can be painful and can lead to infection. Start by getting a pumice stone and applying a lotion or cream with some urea in it. Both of these can be found in READ MORE
Dry and cracked feet can be painful and can lead to infection. Start by getting a pumice stone and applying a lotion or cream with some urea in it. Both of these can be found in any drugstore. Apply the cream daily and cover with socks. Use the pumice stone in the shower daily, a little every day goes a long way. If there are open cracks that are especially painful, apply neosporin at night to keep those areas safe from infection. If the condition does not improve in a few weeks, it’s time to see your local podiatrist.

How can I get rid of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is a very hard thing to treat, even the most effective medications are only about 70% effective. The first step to treating fungal toenails is to make sure that READ MORE
Toenail fungus is a very hard thing to treat, even the most effective medications are only about 70% effective. The first step to treating fungal toenails is to make sure that fungus is the cause, sometimes other things such as trauma can mimick fungal toenails. Your podiatrist could send a sample to be tested. There are a variety of home remedies that I have read about including Vick’s, tea tree oil and such. Personally I have never seen fungal nails clear from a home remedy.

Is there a cure for toenail fungus?

The first step would be to make sure that it is a fungal infection. Other things like trauma can mimic a fungal toenail. Your podiatrist can do this by sending a sample. The most READ MORE
The first step would be to make sure that it is a fungal infection. Other things like trauma can mimic a fungal toenail. Your podiatrist can do this by sending a sample. The most effective medication is an oral medication which will require bloodwork. Even then the most effective medication is only about 70 percent effective depending on the severity of the infection

Is the pain in my heel a heel spur?

It is more likely than not a condition called plantar fasciitis which is inflammation and irritation of the band on the bottom of the foot which attaches from the heel to the front READ MORE
It is more likely than not a condition called plantar fasciitis which is inflammation and irritation of the band on the bottom of the foot which attaches from the heel to the front of the foot. The heel spur is a reaction rather than the main problem or source of pain. The key is to decrease the irritation and inflammation. The 3 main things is 1. stretching (search for stretching for plantar fasciitis) 2. Icing (put an water bottle in the freezer and roll under the affected foot, this will ice and stretch) 3. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen. All these things combined should help to decrease the pain and over time should resolve it.

Is there any way to prevent plantar warts?

I typically tell my patients to spray the inside of the shower with disinfecting spray as well as the inside of their shoes. Make sure that it is completely dry before using the READ MORE
I typically tell my patients to spray the inside of the shower with disinfecting spray as well as the inside of their shoes. Make sure that it is completely dry before using the shower as well as wearing the shoe. Warts are caused by a viral infection, so there is no sure way of prevention but disinfecting can decrease the viral load.

Is Vick's really a treatment for athlete's foot?

As far as I have read, Vick’s does not treat fungal infections. If there is a fungal infection in the toenails, sometimes I recommend Vick’s, not to treat the infection but to READ MORE
As far as I have read, Vick’s does not treat fungal infections. If there is a fungal infection in the toenails, sometimes I recommend Vick’s, not to treat the infection but to treat the symptoms, vicks allows the nails to soften and decrease pain. If you have chronic athletes foot but don’t want to run to the doctors every time, there are several over the counter options for athletes foot that are pretty affordable.