Posts for: July, 2017
If you are dealing with stubborn or chronic fungal toenail infections, find out how we can help.
Do you tend to walk around the gym's locker room or showers barefoot? You may not realize it, but there are tons of bacteria and fungus growing in these communal areas. If you are someone who does this often, then you may find yourself dealing with a nasty fungal infection. From the office of our Howell, NJ, podiatrists, Dr. Richard Lesser and Dr. William Hoffman, find out more about toenail fungus and when laser therapy may be the best option for treating it.
If you’ve been trying over-the-counter fungal infection treatments for a while now and still aren’t able to properly treat your fungal infection, then it might be time to talk to our Howell foot doctors. Unfortunately, a lot of OTC antifungal medications aren’t able to penetrate through the hard layers of the toenail to destroy the fungus living underneath.
When you turn to a foot specialist there are two options from which to choose. We may recommend an oral antifungal, which could be far more effective at killing the fungal infection. Of course, if you are someone who deals with severe and recurring toenail fungus, then you may benefit from laser treatment.
This laser treatment is an amazingly effective way of killing the fungus onychomycosis. By directing this laser over the toenail, these specific light waves are safely able to penetrate through the nail to heat up and kill the fungus while leaving the healthy skin and nail unharmed. This procedure is painless and will only take about one hour to complete. In many cases, the patient will only need to come in once for treatment to be successful.
Of course, many people assume that once the fungus is killed that the nail will immediately turn clear. It’s important to keep in mind that it will take time for the now healthy nail to grow out clear. This can take a couple of months before you start to notice the clear portion of the nail growing out, but seeing these results can be quite exciting for chronic fungal infection sufferers.
If you want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for laser fungal treatment, then call Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, today. Let us treat that stubborn infection once and for all.
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened areas of skin that develop in response to your body's natural defense to repeated pressure or friction. While neither condition presents a long-term or serious health risk, they can be painful, irritating and unattractive.
Identifying a Corn or Callus
Corns and calluses are similar in nature, but differ in size and location. Corns are smaller than calluses and usually have a hard, thickened center surrounded by red, inflamed skin. They typically develop on the tops and sides of your toes and can be painful when touched. Calluses generally develop on your heels and balls of your feet. They vary in size and shape, although almost always larger than corns.
For most people who develop calluses or corns, eliminating the source of pressure is usually enough to make the thickened skin disappear. We recommend the following for treating corns and calluses:
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks. When footwear fits properly, there is less opportunity for friction and rubbing to occur.
- Soak your feet in warm, soapy water to help remove corns and calluses. Rub the thickened skin with a pumice stone to remove toughened layers more easily.
- Keeping your feet moisturized with foot cream or lotion will help improve the quality of your skin and rid your feet from calluses or corns.
When to Seek Care
When corns and calluses don't respond to conservative care, contact our office for a careful evaluation. We can investigate the possible causes of your corn or callus, safely remove the thick, hardened area of skin, and recommend appropriate footwear and treatment, including padding and inserts. Never attempt to cut away a corn or callus on your own, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation. Instead, seek advice for careful removal and proper care.