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By Foot First Podiatry Center
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 Foot First Podiatry
May 23, 2018
Category: Toenail conditions

Toenail fungus is already more likely to spread in warm conditions, and when you add that to the already warm temperature in your shoes creates the perfect conditions for the growth of fungi that can spread from your skin to your nails. These microorganisms are also tough to kill and thrive in public areas such as public pools and locker rooms. When the fungi get underneath your toenail, the result is not very attractive. The toenail often becomes brittle, yellow, and may emit a bad smell. Once nail fungus has gained a foothold it can be difficult to eliminate, which is why it is always a good idea to take steps to avoid getting the infection.

4 excellent tips for preventing toenail fungus infections are:

  1. Frequent cleaning and proper drying—Wash and dry your feet at least once a day, and change your socks often. Also, be certain to let your shoes air out between wearing by alternating them with another pair every other day.
  2. Proper nail trimming—Ingrown toenails often lead to a fungal infection, therefore it is very important to trim your toenails straight across so that the edge of the nail doesn’t grow into the skin where an infection can begin.
  3. Breathable shoes and socks—In addition to breathable socks, it is also helpful to wear shoes that are made with a breathable fabric such as canvas or Gore-Tex.
  4. Foot protection—It is important to wear shower shoes or sandals in public areas like swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers to decrease your contact with infection-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Should you notice any changes in the color of your toenails, that may also include a terrible odor, then it is important to see a foot specialist for proper treatment. Creams and oral antifungal medicines may be prescribed, and be sure to ask about laser treatment for fungal toenails.

If you are experiencing pain, discomfort and embarrassment of a fungal toenail infection, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Sunshine heals the fungi that lingers on simply because fungus hates light. Fungal nail can be tough to treat but Foot First Podiatry understands podiatric treatment and has plenty of remedies to make sure your toe nails are healthy. Before you try the anti-fungal treatments perhaps some oils that happen to be sitting in your cabinets can help.

Five for Fighting Fungi:

1.    Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic and fungicidal natural medicine. Rub the oil into the nail and let it soak in, about ten minutes then gently scrub the nail with a soft cloth. Try this daily until the new nail grows all the way in and continue for three more days to prevent it from coming back.

2.    Orange Oil is a natural anti-fungal that will cure infection. Use a dropper to apply the oil on the nails and between the toes too. Let this one soak in for an hour or more. Since this is a very potent oil you may want to test it on your skin for allergies first.

3.    Lavender Oil smells nice and is good for mild cases of fungi. Apply a few drops to the nail every night and let it soak in while you sleep. To prevent the oil from rubbing off, cover your feet with wool socks. Keep up with this treatment a few weeks after to ensure the fungi is dead.

4.    Coconut Oil has caprylic acid, one of the medium chain of fatty acids in coconut oil which can penetrate the fungi. Soak it in for about fifteen minutes. There is no limit to how often you can use this for treatment.

5.    Oregano Oil ~ this herb has anti-fungal properties so its oil is even better. Apply it to the nail and let it soak in, this one can be left on for the day.

After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, prevention should be your next step. If foot fungus is an issue for you this summer and home remedies have not been 100% effective call our office and schedule an appointment. We can be reached in New Albany at 812-945-9221.  Dr. Zahid Ladha is here to help you get rid of that fungus.

 

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. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor 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 New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Toenail Fungus

A woman named Crystal Hurdle recently shared her experience with toenail fungus. She admits that she put off seeing a doctor regarding her toe, because she thought it wasn’t important. Eventually the pain became bad enough to the point where walking became difficult, so she decided to have her toe lanced. The doctor incorrectly diagnosed her with a staph infection in her toe, and put her on antibiotics. When Crystal didn’t notice any improvement, the doctor figured that she may have a fungus. In order to treat the fungus, the doctor gave Crystal a bottle of potassium permanganate.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, visit Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Toenail Fungus