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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
August 24, 2017
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Toenail fungus can be an unsightly and odiferous condition for anyone, but individuals who have diabetes should be especially careful to avoid serious complications that could lead to amputation.

 

The fungus that causes toenail infections completely penetrates the bed of the nail, making it very difficult to eradicate once it has become established. Since fungal nails can become very brittle, they can break into sharp edges that can cut your feet and toes allowing bacteria to enter and an infection to start. Since patients with diabetes frequently have limited feeling in their extremities, these injuries can go unnoticed and even small cuts or scrapes can become dangerously infected ulcers.

 

Nail Care to Help Prevent Toenail Fungus

 

For those with diabetes, daily foot and nail care should be part of your routine. Here are some of the steps to include in your daily regimen:

 

  • Foot and nail check—Look for cuts and scrapes, bruising, or unusual skin conditions or coloration. Use a mirror to inspect the bottom of your feet. Your toenails should be pink with a smooth surface.
  • Wash and dry—Your feet need to be kept clean and dry, particularly between the toes where fungi can proliferate.
  • Foot protection—Always wear shoes and socks that are comfortable and properly fitted. When using public facilities such as gyms, locker rooms and pools, wear sandals or shower shoes to help avoid coming into contact with fungi and other pathogens.
  • Trimming—When cutting your nails, always trim straight across to avoid ingrown toenails and sterilize your tools with alcohol each time you use them to prevent the fungi from spreading.

 

When inspecting your feet, if you notice any changes to your nails or skin, it is important to bring it to the attention of your foot specialist to avoid further complications.

 

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as the thickening and yellowing of your toenails, you may be suffering from toenail fungus. Toenail fungus thrives on dead tissues, dead skin cells, and keratin in our nails. Infections occur when our toenails are subjected to a moist environment, such as sweaty shoes. Toenail fungus often starts in the toenails first, and if left untreated, can spread to your fingernails as well. Treatment can involve antifungal drugs and laser therapy. If you have a case of toenail fungus, be sure to maintain proper foot hygiene and to dry properly after washing.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle 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 feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Known as a painful condition that results when the body’s immune system attacks its own joints, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to permanent damage if left untreated. As rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, prevention is key to ensuring that symptoms do not progress. Proper health care is vital in prevention, as well as avoiding or quitting smoking and exercise. Smoking can greatly increase the risk for rheumatoid arthritis, while exercise can help maintain mobility and function of the joints.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

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

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Clove oil may be the next new thing for treating toenail fungus, thanks to its antifungal properties and pain-relieving properties. The antiseptic found in cloves help fight against bacterial and fungal growth, according to Dr. Biplav Agrawal, Consultant Dermatologist and Immunologist. He recommends mixing 6 to 8 drops of clove oil with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and applying it to your toenail fungus a few times a day.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle 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 feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
March 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care

According to Dr. Pfenninger of the Midland Daily News, it is estimated that ten percent of the adult population already has some type of nail fungus. At times, individuals can have toenail fungus and not even be aware that it is there. Some signs of nail fungus include thickening, discoloration, weak nails, appearance of debris under the nail, foul smells when nails are wet, and the occasional lifting up of the nail into a tent-shape. Older individuals and women are also more likely to have fungus in their toenails. Many people may have toenail fungus but initially confuse it for an ingrown toenail. Although there are topical and oral antifungal medications available, prevention is important. To avoid nail fungus, allow your feet to fully dry after showering and keep the nails groomed.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with podiatrists Dr. Sorelis Jimenez and Venante Charles of Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors 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.  

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

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