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While the best way to determine the most effective treatment for toenail fungus is to visit a podiatrist, many alternative health websites have been claiming the success of probiotics. While there are plenty of anecdotal accounts online citing probiotics’ positive effects, few studies truly show the effects of probiotics for treating toenail fungus. GrannyMed.com stated, “Probiotics are particularly recommended for people with internal yeast infections. Toenail fungus is not the same species of fungus that causes yeast infections, but many practitioners believe that a person who is susceptible to one is likely to get the other as well.”  

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Picking out the right running shoe can be a daunting task for many runners, who are often left overwhelmed by the numerous options available for purchase. Unless you are suffering from a certain condition, the best option may be to select a supportive but neutral shoe. To begin, running coach James Dunne states, “Find somewhere that will let you try a few pairs on and don’t get too drawn into whatever is the new ‘hype’ in trainers, go for something that’s tried and tested. Unless you’ve got a specific reason to need a particularly supportive shoe, I’d just go for a firm but neutral shoe, as a starting point.”   

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
December 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus   Healthy Feet   Toenail   Fungus  

Ingrown Toenails Toenail fungus affects nearly 20 percent of the population and is one of the most common foot conditions that is treated by your podiatrist. Characterized by thick, disfigured, yellow nails, this recurring disorder can cause the nail to grow fragile, brittle, loose, and, in some cases, to crumble away. In the most severe cases, infected nails may even cause pain or difficulty walking. 

Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and can spread from person to person. Like athlete’s foot, you can contract a fungal nail infection from simply walking barefoot in public showers or pools, or by sharing nail clippers or shoes. Fungal infections can also infect fingernails, but toenails are more difficult to treat as toenails typically grow more slowly. By following simple preventive measures from your podiatrist, you can take the next step to healthy, attractive feet. 

How to Prevent Pesky Toenail Fungus 

Toenail fungus is common, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be easily prevented. By following these simple guidelines from your podiatrist, you can take the next step toward healthy feet:   

  • Wear shower shoes at public pools and locker rooms.
  • Never share nail clippers or files.
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet.
  • Avoid injury to your nail, such as cutting it too short.
  • Inspect your feet and toes regularly.
  • Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenail infections.
  • Wear open-toed shoes if weather permits.
  • Avoid wearing nail polish and disinfect pedicure tools.
  • Wear clean, dry cotton socks that provide breathing room and whisk away moisture.

And if you are unable to avoid the development of toenail fungus, a trip to your podiatrist will do the trick. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for eliminating your toenail fungus, while also offering helpful advice for ways to prevent the development of this pesky infection.


Hallux limitus is a foot condition in which there is stiffness of the big toe joint. If left to exacerbate, hallux limitus can turn into hallux rigidus, or arthritis of the big toe joint. To combat hallux limitus, your podiatrist may recommend shoes with stiff and rounded soles to minimize bending of the big toe joint. To avoid placing more pressure on the toe, wear shoes with a wide toe box. Other treatments can include shoe inserts or orthotics, cortisone injections, or surgery.

Untreated hallux limitus can become very painful. To learn more, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

What You Need To Know About Hallux Limitus

Hallux limitus is a medical condition which stands for “stiff toe.” This is an arthritic condition in which movement of the big toe is constrained. The pain is usually allocated between the large toe and foot.

Symptoms 

Toe pain is common, therefore many people tend to overlook this issue and believe it’s nothing serious. But, if you notice sharp pain, bone growths, tightness around the joint and even changes in the way you walk. It is vital to see a podiatrist before your condition worsens.  

How Do I Get It?

Genetics – hallux limitus can be inherited from your parents, or someone can be who is born with a predisposition to arthritis as well.

Injury – overuse can cause trauma to the joints leading to extra bone growth and wear away the cartilage.

Treatment

Lifestyle & Physical Therapy – having motion and massages to the given area will help slow down complications and gradually increase flexibility.

R.I.C.E. – stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Combining the R.I.C.E method with other treatments is proven effective.

Surgery

If there are no signs of improvement, surgery will be the final option. Surgeries performed are the arthrodesis which fuses the joint. The cheilectomy is when the joint is cleaned of scar tissue, therefore the toe can move freely.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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In the past, Australian John Leha was once overweight and caught in the throes of grief and depression. Several months later, however, Leha was able to turn his life around and is now running in the New York Marathon. Following the death of his brother Tohi from cancer two years ago, Leha fell into depression and began binge eating. His weight became the equivalent of two average-sized men. Fighting out of his depression, Lega signed up for the Indigenous Marathon Project, which takes young Indigenous Australians and prepares them for the New York City Marathon. “If I really think about all the reasons why I’m doing it,” Leha shares, “my purpose, it’s my purpose that keeps me going.”  

Maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle can promote not only foot health, but overall health. To learn more, speak with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will provide you with quality podiatric care. 

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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