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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 15, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: nail fungus  

Nail fungal infections are common. It is caused by the fungus attacking the nails. The early signs of nail fungus include thickening of the nails, discoloration, foul odor, brittle, ragged, and crumbly nail edges. Both fingernails and toenails are vulnerable to infection. However, they are more common in toenails.

fungal nail

Do you suffer from nail fungal infections? Are you embarrassed to show off your feet in public during the summers? Early diagnosis and treatment can help you avoid serious complications.

Here are some key preventive measures that can help your feet get rid of these infections for good.

  • Wash your feet with mild soap and water every day. Make sure to dry them thoroughly especially between the toes. Once they are completely dry, only then put on a fresh pair of socks or the necessary footwear.
  • Always remember to cut your nails straight across. Do not cut them too short or at an angle to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Inspect your feet daily for anything unusual such as fungal infections, cuts or bruises. Use a mirror if necessary.
  • Choice of footwear is important. Wear fitted shoes and avoid shoes with narrow toe boxes. Wearing proper footwear can make a great difference in avoiding many toe and nail disorders.
  • Wear moisture-wicking socks which absorb moisture and wick it away.
  • Avoid going barefoot to public places such as a gym, swimming pool, showers, or locker rooms as they are breeding grounds for bacteria and fungus.
  • For someone who is getting a pedicure, make sure it’s a reputable salon that properly sterilizes its tools.
  • Use antifungal powder or sprays on your footwear. Fungus thrives in warm, dark and moist settings, three things that your footwear provides.
  • Avoid sharing shoes and socks.
  • Avoid sharing nail clippers.

If you are experiencing worrisome nail symptoms, you might want to go see a podiatrist before the infection gets any worse as it can very quickly spread to other parts of the body.

If you suspect that you have developed symptoms of nail fungus, visit Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Andrew H. Cohen and his team of professionals can help you to always be a step ahead of nail fungus. You can schedule an appointment online or call our office at 989-790-8009.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 19, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: injuries   infections   thickening   discoloration   curling  

Aging is a part of life that nobody can escape. It is a natural occurrence that slowly sneaks up on us. As we age, our bodies change. One area that changes right before our eyes are our toenails. Sometimes they change slightly, while at other times they develop abnormalities. While some abnormalities can be reversed with the help of a podiatrist, others are permanent.

Why Do Abnormalities Occur?

Abnormalities of the toenail can happen due to an array of different reasons. Usually, a healthy nail is smooth and has consistent coloring. As you age, your nail can become brittle and develop ridges.

When you see discoloration, spots, and nail separation, then this should alert you to an abnormality. Injuries, warts, infections and chemotherapy can all have an effect on the nails and cause them to react differently. Underlying medical conditions can also alter the natural, healthy state of the toenail. To rule out illness, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately if you notice a nail abnormality.

Symptoms of abnormal toenails

  • Discoloration
  • Curling or clubbing of the nail
  • Thickening or thinning of the nail
  • Brittle nails
  • Pitted nails
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • Nail separation
  • Pain around the nail

What Do I Do if I See an Abnormality?

If you notice you have an abnormality growing on your toenail or affecting your toenail, then you should call your podiatrist.

If you lose a toenail because of an abnormality, it is important to clean the area, put on antibiotic ointment and cover it up. This will help to prevent debris, infection and further damage from occurring.

Your toenails are an important part of your feet. If you notice anything different popping up on the toenails, then you should call your foot doctor immediately. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Although the health of your toenail might not seem like a top priority to you, it is a top priority for us. Allow us the time we need to care for your feet and get them healthy again.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 12, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: fungus   toenails   rashes  

Healthy toenails are a very important part of your overall health. When your toenails are in good shape, they look great and make you feel great too. Not many people think of their nails as a top priority when caring for themselves. This is misguided because the nails are actually a window into a person’s overall health. When you look at the toenails, their health can tell you about a person’s overall health, if they have an underlying condition, or if they are deficient in nutrition or vitamins. Now that you know that your toenails are very important to care for, take some time to read on about how you can proactively keep them healthier by avoiding certain cosmetic situations.

While cosmetics are very popular, they can become a burden to the toenail. Many men and women go to a nail salon or other type of spa regularly to have their toenails properly groomed. While this can be an enjoyable pastime and even cause your nail health to improve, it can also cause the toenails to encounter some major problems.  If you go to a salon, it is important that you make sure they are reputable and use proper cleaning techniques for all of the items they use that touch your feet. If a salon does not have proper cleansing materials, it can cause fungus, rashes, and other infections of the foot that can become very severe.

Another possible conflict that the use of cosmetics can have on the feet is an allergic reaction. Buying a new foot scrub can seem like a great idea to rid the feet of dead skin, but if you are allergic to an ingredient, it can cause a rash, hive, or blisters on the feet. When shopping for a scrub, look for one that is hypoallergenic and dermatologist or podiatrist-approved. This will lessen the likelihood of an adverse reaction.

Caring for your feet regularly is important to keeping them in good health. Be sure to thoroughly check out licensing, reviews, and referrals before picking a salon to spruce up your feet. If you were unlucky and now suspect you have a fungus or other foot issue, give our office a call. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Your toenails are a window to your health.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 13, 2018
Category: toenail conditions

When you look at your feet, you probably don’t inspect them thoroughly. A lot of people forget about their feet during their daily lives because they are so busy getting from one place to another. Sadly, a lot of our foot and ankle problems go ignored because of this common occurrence. Early prevention can help a person fight off disease, injury and other conditions. With just a quick glance every now and then they can even see if they have white spots growing on their toenails.

Causes of White Spots

  • If you have a fungal infection on your feet, it could be appearing on your toenails as white spots. Feet that are constantly enclosed in shoes are especially prone to fungal infections due to the dark, moist nature inside the shoes.
  • If you are wearing shoes that are too tight, it can be depriving the feet of much-needed air. Some microorganisms thrive in this environment and grow. Fungus is well known for growing in this condition and showing up as white spots.
  • If you do not have a well-balanced diet, you could get white spots on your nails. Calcium deficiency can appear as white spots on the nails.
  • Zinc deficiency can also cause white spots on the nails.
  • If you injure on your toe, it can cause fungus to grow and white to appear on the nails.

How To Get Rid of White Spots on Toenails

While white nails are not life-threatening, they can be seen as a cosmetic issue or may be due to an underlying disease. If you notice white spots on the toenails, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately for treatment. Often a podiatrist will start by prescribing an anti-fungal cream. If this course of action does not work, they may order more tests or biopsies to make a better determination of the cause.

White nails can be a real bummer, especially if you were planning on wearing those nice new summer sandals you bought with the open toes. Do not let these spots get you down! Instead, call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. White spots are not a permanent part of your toenails.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 18, 2018
Category: toenail conditions
Tags: Diabetes   podiatrist   fungus   nails   black toenail   cancer  

When you notice that you have a black toenail on your foot, it can be quite alarming. The usual healthy color of toenails is a pink-like tone. When you see a black toenail, you panic and immediately think the worst.  Some of the savvier sufferers go to their trusted friend Google and type away, trying to figure out what is going on. A black toenail can be caused by a multitude of reasons. Only a trained podiatrist can determine the exact cause and provide proper treatment. So, while you are waiting for your scheduled podiatry appointment, read through the facts and falsehoods about black toenails.

Falsehood #1 – Home remedies will fix your black toenail. If you are suffering from a fungus that is turning your nail black, it may seem easier to grab some anti-fungal cream and treat the nail at home, but the fungus can be very hard to cure. Fungus should be treated by a podiatrist in their office for the best possible results.

Falsehood #2 – You can only get fungus on your toenails if you do not bathe. This is completely untrue. Even the cleanest person in the world can still get a foot fungus. This is because fungus likes to grow in dark, wet places. This makes shoes the perfect breeding ground for fungus. Even if you wear closed toe shoes and are very clean, you can still get toenail fungus and black nails.

Falsehood #3 – It will not have severe effects on your health, so it can be ignored and go untreated. This falsehood can be very dangerous. Black toenails can be a sign of underlying diseases such as diabetes or kidney disorders. If a black toenail is left unchecked, these other disorders may not be found in time.

Falsehood #4- Black toenails are quick and easy to treat. While in some cases it is relatively easy to get rid of a black toenail with a pinprick and the release of built-up blood, in other cases it can be very hard to get rid of black toenails. This is because sometimes cancer, fungus, and other conditions can cause the toenail to blacken. These conditions must be treated before the treatment of the black toenail can be effective.

If you are suffering from a black toenail, whether from a fungus or a traumatic injury, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. A black toenail is not permanent.