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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle 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 Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
December 27, 2017

Podiatrists often see an array of different problems enter their office. They can be foot, nail, or even ankle problems. There is not a condition that is too small or too big for a podiatrist. Arthritis, bunions, spurs, chronic pain, fungus, ulcers, and other foot and ankle conditions are all part of their typical routine. Over time, it is evident that some of these conditions occur more commonly than others. The toenails have three common problems that are treated in the office of a podiatrist. They are not usually life threatening, but it is important to have these three conditions checked out right away if you are exhibiting symptoms.

Fungus - When you have a green or yellow colored nail, you usually have toenail fungus. Fungus is an infection of the nail. It is usually caused by the buildup of bacteria. Fungus likes to spread in damp, dark moist places such as wet shoes, wet socks, or other similar situations. It can cause a nail to thicken and discolor or become brittle and break down. Fungus is tough to treat but is not undying. Podiatrist’s often use antifungal medications to kill the toenail fungus and prevent it from returning to the nail. Over the counter medications can seem promising, but they do not work as well as a medicine prescribed by a podiatrist.

Thickening and Discoloration - Having a hard time clipping your nails? Are they very thick and a little discolored? Are they yellowing or becoming opaque? This may be a sign of nail disease and should be treated by a podiatrist, such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. He can examine the nailbed and determine the cause.

Ingrown Toenail - Ingrown nails are very common in the world of podiatry. This condition can also be very painful and put the patient at risk for complications. It occurs when the nail grows, curves and cuts into or embeds itself into the skin of the toe. It can cause an infection that will further harm the toe and that can spread to the foot. Podiatrists can cut the problematic nail with special clippers. Sometimes, if the nail is very embedded into the foot, a foot surgery must be performed to remove the nail and prevent or treat infection.

If you think that you may be suffering from any of the problems listed above, it is important that you get them checked out by a podiatrist. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Dr. Cohen will examine, diagnose and treat your toenail so you can live a healthier and happier lifestyle.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus   podiatrist  

Summer is approaching fast and that means you will be exposing your toes. The last thing you would want is to have an infected nail standing out like a sore thumb or should we say a sore toe?

Causes of nail fungus:

  • If your toes are warm and wet more times than they are cool, dry and breathing.
  • Mold or yeast can be a factor but not the most common.
  • Overgrowth of fungi in and under the nail.
  • Tools at the salon that are not sanitized properly.

Symptoms of nail fungus:

  • A distorted nail that looks like it may lift off the bed.
  • An odor coming from the infected nail.
  • A brittle or thick nail.
  • White or yellow streaks on the nail.
  • Flaking white areas on the nail’s surface.

Treating nail fungus:

  • Topical ointments are not always effective and can be costly but can work if monitored by your podiatrist.
  • Surgical treatment is the quickest approach and can have a more definite result.
  • Laser procedure is less invasive than surgery. The heat from the laser kills the bad fungi and could save the nail from getting worse.

Preventing nail fungus:

  • Don’t share nail clippers, files, shoes or socks. Even if you know the person you’re sharing them with.
  • Avoid injury to your nail like cuts, bruises and stubbing.
  • Use dry cotton socks and don’t let them sit wet for too long.
  • Wear hoes that allow air to circulate and keep feet dry.
  • Shower with flip flops in public facilities to avoid catching bacteria.

Interesting facts about nail fungus:

  • Most people with diabetes develop infections in their toe nails.
  • Spending time in areas that are wet, damp and moldy can increase the risk of developing fungi.
  • At least 50% of home remedies fail as a permanent solution.
  • 5% of people develop nail fungal infections and 20% are over the age of 60 while 50% are over the age of 70.

Some risk factors include poor circulation, diabetes, age, psoriasis, immune disorders and over perspiration. If you find that you suffer from one of these conditions then you are at a higher risk for contracting nail fungus. Call Mid – Michigan Foot and Ankle Center at 989-790-8009 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen today. The quicker you treat your nail problems, the more likely your nail will heal.

 

 

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
September 12, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Toenail fungus not only becomes more common as we age, but it can lead to other potential foot problems. “People who have toenail fungus are more likely to get skin infections between their toes,” according to Dr. John Swartzberg, of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. Preventing toenail fungus involves proper foot hygiene and keeping the feet dry. Treating toenail fungus includes topical medication, prescribed drugs, and laser.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen 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 Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
September 08, 2015
Category: Foot Conditions

While toenail fungus is known for being one of the more difficult conditions to clear up, anyone suffering from the condition can take several measures to ensure that the fungus does not spread. To begin, patients should visit a podiatrist to clarify that their infection is actually a fungal infection. Once the condition is confirmed, the podiatrist may prescribe any number of treatments which can include over-the-counter products, prescription topical medications, oral medications, debridement, or laser therapy.  

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen 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.  

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

Read more about Toenail Fungus