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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
November 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Treating toenail fungus

Toenail fungus--it's one of the most common podiatric problems children, teens, and adults have. Causing thickened, yellow, brittle nails, onychomycosis (the medical name for toenail fungus) spreads easily and can be stubborn to treat. If you see one or more of your toenails changing shape, color, and texture, see your foot doctor right away. They have the expertise and treatments to give you ten clear toenails once again.

How toenail fungus starts

The micro-organism thrives in dark, moist environments--sweaty socks and sneakers being prime candidates. Additionally, shared towels, nail clippers, shower room floors, and pool decks breed toenail and Athlete's Foot fungus. In fact, if you suffer periodic outbreaks of itchy, uncomfortable Athlete's Foot, you're more prone to onychomycosis, says the American Academy of Dermatology.

Conquering toenail fungus

Your foot doctor sees scores of patients with toenail fungus. Visual inspection is the main diagnostic tool, and for mild cases of onychomycosis, the podiatrist may recommend creams or ointments applied topically. Oral medications are an option as well.

Additionally, modern podiatry offers innovative laser treatments which kill the micro-organism right where it lives. Painless and very effective, laser treatments are applied to all ten toenails to prevent re-infection.

Unfortunately, toenail fungal infections can become quite severe and spread to the nail bed. When infection is severe, the podiatrist may advise complete removal of the toenail to prevent further problems.

Prevention is best

Of course, if you can avoid toenail fungus, your feet and nails will look and feel their best, and you won't be embarrassed to wear open-toed shoes or sandals in the warm weather. However, some people are more prone to this common infection--diabetics, those with poor peripheral circulation and individuals who are immunosuppressed.

Regardless, your podiatrist recommends these preventive measures for healthy, fungus-free nails:

  1. Wash your feet with soap and water daily, and dry them with a clean towel.
  2. Clip your toenails straight across with a clean clippers.
  3. Wear clean socks daily.
  4. Change your gym shoes after a workout. In fact, alternate pairs if possible, letting your footwear dry out between wearings.
  5. Wear flip-flops or shower sandals in the locker room and poolside, too.
Look after those feet and nails
 
They're the only ones you have. For ongoing care of your feet and ankles, see your foot doctor each year for a routine examination. He or she will get to know you and your podiatric health needs well so you stay active and feel great.
By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 05, 2018
Category: Toenail Surgery

Fighting a fungal infection that is embedded in the toenail can be very hard. Not only does over-the-counter anti-fungal cream rarely work, it can sometimes make the infection worse. Even a podiatrist who prescribes medicine to treat toenail fungus knows that it may not always work. Conveniently, due to medical advancement, there are other options out there that can help you get rid of your toenail fungus. One such option is laser fungal treatment.

Before you get your fungus removed with a laser, you should know the basics of toenail fungus. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that tends to affect the toenail and the toenail plate. It is more commonly found in older men, but it can infect any person of any age. It is hard to treat this type of fungus because it lives in dead tissue. This makes it hard for anti-fungal medicines to do their job and remove the fungus.

Lasers are a newer type of technology that helps doctors treat an array of different problems. One such problem that can be treated by lasers is toenail fungus, specifically onychomycosis. These lasers produce a strong light energy that is capable of being projected into the tissue. The laser heats up and allows for the dead tissue to be destroyed, which kills the fungus.

Are lasers the best method for treatment of toenail fungus and onychomycosis?

Lasers are a relatively new technology, but there have been ample studies that have proven the positive effect of the treatment. Patients all over the United States have been able to cure their toenail fungus and onychomycosis because of the development of laser treatment. The best way to decide whether or not laser treatment is right for you can only be determined by your podiatrist. If you have a fungus growing on your toenail, make an appointment with your podiatrist right away. Your podiatrist may decide that a course of antibiotics might be the best way to start treatment, or they may recommend laser treatment right away.

We are happy to help! Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC, located in Chandler, Arizona, can accurately diagnose your problem and begin effective and long-lasting treatments. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Fungus doesn’t have to take over your life.

It is possible for fungi to appear under your toenail and cause an infection. There are some symptoms that you should look out for if you suspect that you have toenail fungus. If your toes are a darker white, or more yellow than usual, there is a chance that you may have toenail fungus. Another symptom of toenail fungus is toenails that have a strong unpleasant odor. Lastly, you should beware of toenails that are painful and disrupt your walking. This is another sign that you may have a toenail fungus.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Toenail Fungus

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.

Read more about Toenail Fungus

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.