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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Fungal toenail infections, or onychomycosis, account for approximately 50 percent of all nail diseases, particularly affecting toenails. Laboratory diagnosis through microscopy and culture of nail clippings is recommended before starting treatment to confirm the infection type. For patients requiring treatment of fungal toenails, oral antifungal medications are typically used for severe infections, while topical antifungals are suitable for superficial or minor cases and for those unable to take oral medications. The duration of treatment varies, with systemic medications typically requiring a few months and topical treatments possibly extending up to two years. Patients should be aware that treatment success rates vary, and nails may not return to a completely normal appearance even after successful therapy. Additionally, there is a risk of treatment failure or relapse, necessitating further diagnosis and possibly alternative treatment strategies. Ultimately, the decision to treat fungal nails should be individualized, considering the patient's overall health, risk factors such as diabetes or vascular disease, and the severity of the infection. If you have developed a fungal toenail infection, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment suggestions.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ferndale, and Milford, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Elderly foot care involves regular inspection, cleaning, and maintenance to ensure overall foot health. It is important because aging feet are more susceptible to incurring conditions like dry skin, brittle nails, and decreased circulation, which can lead to severe issues if not properly managed. As we age, feet undergo various changes such as thinning skin, loss of cushioning fat pads, and reduced blood flow. These changes can result in common problems like corns, calluses, bunions, and toenail disorders. Proper foot care includes daily washing, moisturizing to prevent dryness, trimming nails correctly, and wearing well-fitted, supportive shoes. Regular exercise and stretches can help maintain flexibility and strength. Monitoring for signs of infection, swelling, or other abnormalities is essential. Due to the increased risk of complications such as ulcers or infections especially in individuals with diabetes, it is suggested that if you are elderly, you visit a podiatrist regularly for professional care and advice.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ferndale, and Milford, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Plantar heel pain is a foot complaint that can arise from various causes, ranging from everyday activities to less common medical conditions. Typically, this pain is due to plantar fasciitis, causing the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot to become inflamed. Other common causes include heel spurs, arthritis, and excessive walking or running. Less frequently, it can be caused by conditions including nerve entrapment or cysts in the heel. Symptoms generally include a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel that is most intense with the first steps after waking up or after long periods of rest. Diagnosis usually involves a physical examination, patient history, and sometimes imaging tests like X-rays to rule out bone problems. Treatment options range from rest to more involved methods such as custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and, in severe cases, surgery. If you have persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a targeted treatment for relief.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Ferndale, and Milford, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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