Posts for tag: toenail fungus

By Dr. Joseph DiStefano
July 17, 2018
Category: Toes

Issues with the nails are some of the most common reasons for a trip to your friendly neighborhood podiatric specialist.  We see everything from nail blisters to bone spurs come walking (pun intended) through our doors.  Here is a quick cheat sheet of some of the signs and symptoms of the common ailments that we see.  All due respect to WebMD of course. 

Ingrown nails: We see these every day.  They can range from mild discomfort when you wear a certain pair of shoes, to a full-blown infected toe. Signs that something is wrong usually start very subtly; so coming in for an evaluation at the first sign of trouble is the surest way to prevent a more involved visit. Ingrown nails will often become chronic if they are not properly treated (aka pedicures), so the sooner you schedule, the sooner we can get you pain-free.

Fungus: Also something we see every day, many times throughout the day. Our feet live in our shoes. Days, weeks, months and even years (gross) of sweat collect on the insoles and serve as the perfect environment for fungus to grow: damp, dark and moist. With a proper diagnosis, we can offer cutting-edge treatments and kick that fungus to the curb! 

Pincer nails: These can occur for many reasons, but they always present in the office with the same complaints. The patient notices their nails have an extreme curve, which will cause pain and often infection on the sides where the nail meets the skin.

Onychodystrophy: This is the fancy doctor way of saying, “thickened nails.” Impressive, I know. Often, we will come across a nail that is misdiagnosed as having a variant of fungus or other pathology and doesn’t improve with treatment. Fear not loyal reader, we have many tricks up our sleeves to help your nails look as normal as possible.

Psoriasis: Often, one of the manifestations of autoimmune disease is seen in the peripheral tissues of the hands and feet.  Always be sure to tell your podiatrist everything about your medical history, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. 

This is just a small taste of the most common things we treat on a daily basis. The take-home message is the same though. Come on in! 

And eat your heart out WebMD.

By Dr. Shabana Chowdhury-Britto, DPM
May 29, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: podiatrist   pedicure   toenail fungus  
 
Now that the weather is getting warmer, we are more inclined to take out our sandals to show off our freshly done pedicures. But before running to the nearest nail salon be informed and well aware of certain business practices that might affect the health of your feet.
 
Always go to a salon that uses clean instruments for each client. Nail salons are notorious for spreading toenail fungus. Going to a salon that autoclaves and sterilizers packs sets of tools ensure you that the salon is not reusing contaminated instruments. Not only does is prevents the spread of toenail fungus, it is also a hygienic practice. Many salons also place a sterile covering on the footbath as another measure to prevent the spread of the fungus. 
 
Some may think that bringing in your own nail polish to the salon may also be a way to prevent the spread of toenail fungus, however, studies have shown that chances of getting fungus from sharing nail polish are actually quite low. This is due to the solvents in nail polish being chemically toxic to microorganisms by degrading their cell walls within seconds of contact. In fact, having freshly painted nails actually prevents colonization of microbes to the nails due to the antimicrobial benefit of the solvents in nail polish. Chipped nail polish can actually harbor bacteria that may raise the chance of infection when paired with pushing or cutting of the cuticles. So don’t be afraid to choose the polish from the salon when are you are there for your weekly pedicure. 
 
Also, try to steer clear from callus debridement from nail salons. Since the nail technicians are not medically trained, many of them confuse warts with calluses. Warts, just like fungus, are very contagious and may be difficult to treat. To be safe, have your calluses checked by a podiatrist who can inform you of the underlying cause of this skin thickening.
 
Now that you are well informed about hygienic practices of nail salons, don’t be afraid to show off your beautiful pedicures in all your summer shoewear.


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