Posts for: May, 2020
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail starts to grow into the surrounding skin and cause irritation. Ingrown toenails can occur due to many reasons-tight and narrow shoe gear, pedicures/improper nail cutting techniques, foot deformities such as bunions and flat feet, sports and trauma. When an ingrown toenail goes unattended to, an infection of the surrounding skin commonly occurs. Some of the common signs and symptoms of ingrown toenails are localized redness, swelling and milky drainage with pain around the area. When an infected ingrown toenail is long standing, the appearance of a pyogenic granuloma can occur. A pyogenic granuloma appears as a round, small skin growth which is reddish-pink in color.
Treatment options for ingrown toenails include warm water and Epsom salt soaks, topical/oral antibiotics and removal of the offending nail after local anesthesia. Please keep in mind that soaking and topical antibiotics can keep the infection at bay, but the pain is usually relieved from having the nail clipped out in the office. Some ways to prevent recurrent ingrown toenails are to wear wider shoe gear and trim nails straight across. If there is the presence of a pyogenic granuloma, the physician can cauterize the growth in order to remove it. Chemical procedures referred to as matrixectomies are considered if ingrown toenails become a recurrent problem. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, don't wait any longer and come into our offices so that our trained podiatrists can help you walk and feel better!
As we begin the slow transition back to our regular schedules many of us are making concerted efforts to get up and out. A lot of people have added a few pounds over the last few months and much of the population is motivated to get back in shape and lose that "quarantine 15". Warm, sunny weather and the drive to be more active bring the need to get your feet happy and healthy. Now is the right time to have your feet and gait evaluated.
Start with us at Advanced Podiatry to get you ready to go. We will evaluate your foot type, bone structure, gait pattern, and pinpoint any foot ailments accurately and immediately. We will also be able to tell you if pain in your ankles, legs, hips, knees, or back is caused by a foot condition. Should this be the case we have treatment in office to manage any foot issue. Most conditions can be at least partially alleviated on the day your see us. For more serious or chronic conditions we can put a plan in place to speed up your recovery. Should your feet have a diagnosis that requires surgery our team will walk your through your options and make your path back to health a positive one. Before you go out an enjoy some much deserved fresh air and exercise please make sure those feet are ready for action. See you around. Be safe and be well.
Fungal toenails is the most common cause for discolored, thick and misshapen toenails. The nails become weak and brittle, and often tend to pull apart from the nail bed. The fungus that infects the toenail is usually the same fungus that causes athletes foot.
Initially, the infection occurs when fungus penetrates the nail, which is most commonly through a crack from injury or dry nails. After it reaches the nail bed, the fungus spreads over the entire nail. At the earliest stage, the change is purely cosmetic, and presents as white or yellow spots underneath the nail.
The biggest mistake people make is to ignore the infection in this early stage, because it will usually worsens. Since fungus is infectious, it can spread quickly from one spot to another, or to other nails, people, and even other parts of the body. Nail fungus infections often spread to the skin of the foot, causing athlete’s foot, and can even spread to the genitals to cause jock itch!
The final stage of nail fungus is the most evident and the one that patients can simply no longer ignore. Many times the nail may even begin to partially detach from the nail bed, and you may notice a foul odor as well. Patients also complain of pain in their nails.
The best thing you can do is to treat your infection early on to prevent further worsening.
Treatment for toenail fungus can be fast, effective, and pain free with laser technology, PinPointe FootLaser. With the PinPointe Laser, toenail fungus is treated safely and quickly with no anesthesia needed. The laser is designed to penetrate through the nail and kill the fungus on the nail bed using heat damage. The fungus is targeted and eradicated without damaging the surrounding skin.
Toenail fungus treatment with the PinPointe FootLaser typically requires only 1 session. After the treatment, the nail should grow back healthy. New clear and fungus free nail will grow and replace the nail that was damaged by the fungus.
Fungal nail infections should be treated right away. Toenail fungus is not self limiting. If it is left untreated, the infection can only get worse and spread. Once you see symptoms like discoloration, have it checked out right away with a podiatrist.