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Onychomycosis--that's the medical term for toenail fungus, a stubborn and common foot infection. At Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, your podiatrist, Dr. Richard Lesser treats numerous cases of toenail fungus, helping people of all ages have clearer, and better shaped nails. Are you struggling with toenail fungus?
What is toenail fungus?
Organisms called dermatophytes actually thrive on toenail debris, the cells your nails naturally shed all the time. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says that a full 20 percent of the American population has thick, discolored, and even smelly nails due to:
- Blunt force injury to the nail bed
- Constant friction between the nail and inside of the shoe
- The warm, dark, moist environment of closed toe shoes, especially athletic footwear
- Shared towels and nail clippers
- Dirty, sweaty socks
- Treading on wet locker room and gym floors (a common breeding ground for athlete's foot fungus, too)
Additionally, individuals with weak immune systems, diabetes, and circulatory problems tend to get toenail fungus, and the infection may spread to other areas of the body, including fingernails.
How your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, can help
If you have persistent onychomycosis, come to the Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, where Dr. Lesser will examine your nails and surrounding skin. He may prescribe a topical ointment or cream or an oral anti-fungal medication to rid your toes of the problem for good. Extreme cases may require toenail removal.
Also, Dr. Lesser may suggest some simple strategies to keep your feet and nails fungus-free for good. These practices include:
- Wearing well-ventilated shoes in warm weather
- Changing shoes often, particularly athletic shoes
- Wearing clean, moisture-wicking (not cotton or wool) socks daily
- Washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them thoroughly
- Using clean nail clippers and not sharing pedicure/manicure tools with others
- Trimming toenails straight across
- Wearing flip-flops at the pool or in the gym locker room
We can help
At Family Foot Health Center, Dr. Lesser treats numerous foot and ankle conditions, including stubborn toenail fungus. Let him help you achieve great podiatric health by calling the Howell, NJ, office today for a consultation: (732) 370-1100.
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:
- Wash your feet with soap and water daily, and dry them with a clean towel.
- Clip your toenails straight across with a clean clippers.
- Wear clean socks daily.
- Change your gym shoes after a workout. In fact, alternate pairs if possible, letting your footwear dry out between wearings.
- Wear flip-flops or shower sandals in the locker room and poolside, too.
Struggling with toenail fungus? Toenail fungus is an infection underneath the surface of the toenail caused by fungus. It can make your toenail get thicker or change color. It can also be painful. Left untreated, the fungal infection could spread to other toenails, your fingernails, or skin. Family Foot Health Center, which is located in Howell, NJ, offers treatments for toenail fungus. Dr. Richard Lesser and Dr. William Hoffman are some of the top podiatrists in Howell, NJ.
1. Topical Nail Polish- Topical nail lacquer is used to treat fungal infections of the fingernails and toenails. Topical nail lacquer works by stopping the growth of nail fungus. The nail lacquers which are currently available to treat nail fungus are amorolfine and ciclopirox nail lacquers. Topical treatment with nail lacquer may last as long as one year.
2. Topical Creams- Topical antifungals are often prescribed to treat toenail fungus. You apply these products directly to the toenail and surrounding skin to a toenail fungus infection. Common topical antifungals include terbinafine (Lamisil) and clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF). Topical creams should be applied exactly as directed by your podiatrist.
3. Medication- Oral antifungus medications are also prescribed to treat toenail fungus. Options include itraconazole (Sporanox) and terbinafine (Lamisil). These medications help the toenail grow free of infection. Patients typically take this type of medication for 6 to 12 weeks.
4. Laser Therapy- Laser therapy is one of the newer innovations in fighting toenail fungus infections. The laser works by shining a beam of light into a nail infected with fungus. The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes the fungus on the toenail. Laser therapy reaches to the core of the infection and destroys the fungus completely.
5. Surgery- In some cases, surgical treatment may be necessary. Surgical nail removal can be done in your podiatrist's office. During surgical nail removal, your podiatrist will inject a local anesthetic into your toe so you will not feel any pain. Your podiatrist will then loosen the folds of skin around the nail and separate the nail from the toe by easing a tool beneath the nail.
Toenail fungus is an embarrassing condition that impacts your quality of life. Don't wait another minute- call Family Foot Health Center at 732-370-1100 today to schedule an appointment in Howell, NJ. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available.
Your feet support your lifestyle. Running, walking, sports, the activities of daily living--they can't happen without healthy feet. At Family Foot Health Center, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lesser and Dr. William Hoffman dedicate their time, continuing education and hands-on diagnostic and treatment skills to making your feet and ankles the happiest ever.
Why we have foot problems
It's recommended that adults get their feet examined by a foot doctor annually and more often if you are diabetic. What are some common foot issues, and how can your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, help?
Well, your foot doctor would tell you that scores of foot and ankle problems stem from a few contributing factors. If a patient can be aware of them and try to avoid their consequences, then he or she will be a step ahead, so to speak, in keeping the lower extremities healthy.
Typically, foot and ankle issues center around a few basic causes:
- Overuse--standing too much or engaging in repetitive motions such as bouncing on the balls of the feet
- Poorly fitting shoes such as high heels or flip-flops
- Germs, such as Tinea pedis, the culprit behind fungal nails and athlete's foot
- Traumatic injuries related to sports or occupation
- Hereditary factors
Here are problems your podiatrist in Howell sees at Family Foot Health Center. After an examination and consultation, Dr. Lesser or Dr. Hoffman can recommend treatments suitable for your overall health and lifestyle.
Toenail fungus Caused by Tinea pedis and encouraged by moist, dark environments such as sweaty shoes and socks, toenail fungus affects young and old alike. The fungal toenail is yellow, brittle, thick and may separate from the nail bed. Skin around the nail may itch, swell and become red. Your podiatrist offers oral and topical antifungal medications and laser treatments which effectively kill the fungus on contact. Also, he recommends wearing well-ventilated shoes and moisture wicking socks and washing feet daily. Avoid damp floors in the locker room or poolside by wearing shower sandals.
Plantar fasciitis This painful condition affects the broad band of connective tissue that extends from the heel to the base of the toes. Overuse causes it, and it may be relieved with rest, ice, elevation and anti-inflammatory medications. Customized shoe inserts take pressure off the arch of the foot, and the foot doctor says obesity exacerbates the problem. If a heel spur co-exists with plantar fasciitis, surgical removal of the excess bone helps as do plantar fascia release procedures.
Bunions Often running in families, this deformity of the big toe joint causes pain, corns, calluses, and impaired walking and sporting activities. A sore, red painful bump on the side of the foot is almost diagnostic for bunions, and X-ray confirms them. A change in shoes, shoe padding, orthotics and stretching help. Surgical bunionectomy is a last resort.
How are your feet?
Help them be their best with a podiatric exam at Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ. Call today for an appointment: (732) 370-1100.
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.