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17/Dec/2017

Fungus Doctor

Toe Fungus Doctor Has Solutions !

Toenail fungus infections are a common foot health problem and can continue for years without ever causing pain. The disease, characterized by a change in a toenail’s color, is often considered nothing more than a flaw or imperfection. If it’s left untreated, however, it can cause more serious problems.

Toenail fungus, also referred to as onychomycosis, is an infection underneath the surface of the nail, which may also break through the nail. It’s often accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection affecting the nail plate, which ultimately can lead to difficulty and pain when walking or running.

Symptoms May Include:

  • Discoloration
  • Brittleness
  • Loosening, thickening, or crumbling of the nail

Toenail fungus is caused by a group of fungi, called dermophytes, that easily attack the nail and thrive on keratin, the nail’s protein substance. In some cases, when these tiny organisms take hold, the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown, or darker in color, and foul smelling.

Nail bed injury may make the nail more susceptible to all types of infection. Those who suffer chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to toenail fungus. If basic foot care guidelines are followed, you more than likely can avoid most common foot fungus problems.

Some Best Practices To Prevent Toenail Fungus Are:

Use proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.

  1. Keep your feet clean and dry.
  2. Wear shower shoes in public facilities whenever possible.
  3. Clip nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  4. Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) together with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  5. Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture.
  6. Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  7. Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to toenail fungus infections).
  8. Disinfect home pedicure tools and make sure the tools used in salons have been cleaned properly.
  9. Don’t share shoes or socks with others.
  10. Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others.

Options For Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus treatment options, depending on the type of infection you have and the severity, include:

Laser treatment that uses a laser light beam to penetrate the nail bed and kill the pathogens embedded in the nail causing the toenail fungus. This is the most effective method for toenail fungus treatment.

  • Over-the-counter liquid antifungal agents that are applied directly to the nail.
  • Oral medications in the form of pills that kill the fungus by entering the blood stream.
  • Debridement which is when the diseased nail matter and debris is removed.

In severe cases, surgical toenail fungus treatment may be required to remove the entire infected nail. Permanent removal of a chronically painful nail, which has not responded to any other treatment, permits the fungal infection to be cured and prevents the return of a deformed nail.Cited www.APMA.org

Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for Fungus Doctor for your foot  needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

Serving Atlanta and Marietta Area!


17/Dec/2017

Is Your Toe Nail Falling Off?

toenail falling off

Your toenails serve the purpose of protecting your toes, assisting with counter pressure to help with balance, and can even signal certain health problems. They also serve a beauty and pampering function. Many people enjoy getting a pedicure to relax and get their toenails painted purely for aesthetical pleasure. You may not give your toenails a second thought – until you start to lose one. It can be a very painful process, especially when it’s your big toenail falling off.

Why Is Your Big Toenail Falling Off?

There is a medical term used to describe a toenail that falls off: onychoptosis. The loss of a toenail can be blamed on two main culprits – fungus and injury.

FUNGUS

A toenail fungal infection is caused by tiny fungal pathogens finding their way under your nail to feed upon the skin and nails. You may have contracted it by walking barefoot in a public place such as a locker room or public pool, been exposed to unsterilized tools when getting a pedicure, or received a microscopic injury allowing entry for the fungi.

A fungal infection causes your toenail to thicken, brown or yellow discoloration, and the nail to slowly separate from the nail bed. To avoid your big toenail falling off consider getting toenail fungus laser treatment, an outpatient procedure that shines a laser light beam onto the nail, penetrates through the nail, and kills the fungal pathogens causing the infection.You may also seek Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment.

INJURY

Whether you’re an athlete who kicks a soccer ball, a runner training for a marathon, or a business professional wearing high heels or pointy shoes, you’re consistently jamming your toes against your shoes. This can sometimes cause trauma that results in the loss of the nail. If you stub your toe or drop something heavy on it, you can also cause painful bleeding under the toenail, and in serious conditions will cause it to fall off.

In most cases, your toenail will heal itself and you can manage the process from home by bandaging the loose portion, clipping the nail to prevent an accidental tear from the nail bed, and taking anti-inflammatory medications. The regrowth typically occurs naturally.

When to See a Doctor

You should contact a podiatrist if you’re uncomfortable with self-treatment or you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms causing severe pain relating to your big toenail falling off:

  • Immobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Foul odor
  • Discharge

Prevent Your Toenail from Falling Off

There are some steps you can take to prevent your big toenail falling off in the future:

  1. Wear shoes that fit your feet correctly and offer stability and protection
  2. Use caution when playing sports, exercising, or participating in other physical activity
  3. Wear clean socks and shoes every day
  4. Practice proper foot hygiene daily
  5. Trim toenails straight across
  6. Never rip or tear a nail that has partially torn

Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric Doctor for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

 Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area !

 


17/Dec/2017

What’s the Difference Between Breaks, Sprains, or Fractures?Difference Between Broken and Fractured Bone

Broken Bones, Sprains, and Fractures

If you’re running when you stumble over a large crack in the pavement You may feel a sudden, sharp pain in your foot. Whenever you try to move your lower limb, it hurts, and you must limp to keep walking. What did you injure—a bone, or the supporting connective tissues? When a problem occurs inside your body, out of sight, it can be hard to tell exactly what it is. Symptoms like these can be indicative of several different foot and ankle injuries, including a broken bone or a sprain.

Break vs. Fracture vs. Sprain

Trauma to your foot or ankle can cause serious damage to the bones and connective tissues that hold them together. The specific damage that results is what determines the type of injury. The painful overstretching or tearing of a ligament is called a sprain. This is different from the same type of damage to a tendon or a muscle—that is called a strain. When the injury is a disruption of the bone, it’s a called a break or a fracture.

There is a common misconception that breaks and fractures are different. Some assume that a fracture isn’t as serious as a broken bone, but that isn’t the case. Though you can certainly injure bones to varying degrees—small, aligned cracks are easier to treat than misaligned bones or ones with multiple breaks—the names “fracture” and “broken bone” mean the exact same thing: a break in the hard tissue.

Although broken bones and sprains affect different structures within the lower limb, it can be hard for you to tell which injury has taken place until you have it diagnosed by a doctor, like those here at Podiatry Group of Georgia. Both kinds of damage can be extremely painful. The discomfort is immediate and can make it very difficult, and sometimes impossible, to put weight on the affected foot, depending on the severity of the problem. The injured area swells and often bruises. Both conditions can result in chronic pain and weakness, as well as lead to additional injuries, if they are not addressed and remedied.

How To Repairing the Damage

How your foot is treated does depend both on the specific diagnosis and the severity of the damage. The professional staff of Podiatry Group of Georgia will evaluate your foot with tests and diagnostic images to get a clear picture of what structures are injured. Dr. Gephart know whether you have a fracture or a sprain, they can move forward with accurate treatment.

Both conditions can usually be treated conservatively. A sprain will need to have the irritation and swelling decreased. This means resting and icing the affected area. You may need to have your foot immobilized in a wrap or brace to keep from stressing the injured ligaments. More serious sprains may require a no weight-bearing period to allow the connective tissues to recover. A broken bone will need a period in a cast or special boot to hold it still so the body can repair the crack. Usually this means no weight on the foot until the break has healed.

Ruptured ligaments or displaced broken bones may need surgery to repair the damage. Neither will heal correctly on its own unless the ends of the torn or misaligned tissues are brought back together. The edges must be surgically realigned—and sometimes pinned in place for them to reattach.

Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

Serving Marietta and Atlanta area!

 


17/Dec/2017

Our Podiatric ServicesPodiatric Services

Podiatry Group of Georgia is your foot and ankle specialist, offering a full array of podiatric services to help you treat and maintain healthy feet. Our Podiatrist that practices in our office is ready and willing to get to know you and ensure you receive the best treatment for your feet.As a foot and ankle specialist, Podiatry Group of Georgia is qualified to treat a variety of foot problems – whether you’re dealing with an irritating ongoing condition or an injury you’ve had for years.

Our Services Include:

Foot and Ankle Surgery

When you need foot surgery, you want to find the right doctor of podiatry for the job. Look at the medical team at the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Led by Dr. Tammy Gephart, our clinic has becoming the leading podiatry clinic in Georgia for a reason. We’ve worked hard to establish our office as a place where patients can come to get top of the line care.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

At Podiatry Group of Georgia, we offer toenail fungus laser treatment, an innovative outpatient procedure that zaps fungus by shining a laser light beam onto the nail, penetrating through the surface of the nail, and killing the pathogens that are causing the fungal infection.

Common Foot Problems

A foot and ankle specialist at Podiatry Group of Georgia is ready and willing to help treat your common foot problems. Each Podiatrist in our office will work with you to make sure you feel well taken care of. We know how easy it is to take your feet for granted, which is why we are committed to getting your feet treated as soon as possible.

Pain Management

Foot pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including the type of shoes you wear, the kind of activities you participate in, genetics, injuries or health problems. A foot and ankle specialist at Podiatry Group of Georgia can tell you about the variety of pain management options we have available to help you get back on your feet again.

Ingrown Nail Treatment

Most of the time, an ingrown toenail can be easily treated by a Podiatrist here at Podiatry, either by providing proper recommendations for at home treatment, or surgery in extreme cases. Either way, we can help you find out what is causing your ingrown toenails.

Custom Orthotics

Orthotics are shoe inserts that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Podiatry Group of Georgia offers three different varieties of custom orthotics that are made to fit your individual foot structure. This orthotics are used to correct an irregular or abnormal walking pattern caused by the foot not bearing weight properly, and will help you stand, walk, run and generally just move more comfortably and efficiently.

Medical Foot Spa

Our Marietta foot doctor knows the importance of treating your feet right. You spend all day on your feet, moving around from one task to another. Keeping your feet happy will help keep the rest of your body happy. That’s why we offer spa services for your feet right in our office. We offer three different levels of service so you can choose the treatment that’s right for your feet and your budget.

 Call For Treatment!

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area!


17/Dec/2017

 Can You Cutting Your Nails Too Short?

Cutting Your Nails Too Short

Yes , and here are some general foot care tips to guide you when it comes to your toenail length.

Consider the type of activities you are partaking in and the style of shoes you wear most often. For instance, if you’re a runner, you should keep your toenails short enough so that they don’t jab into your skin or the end of your shoes as your feet experience extra pressure and impact when you’re running. If you frequently wear sandals, then you don’t want your toenails so short that they allow micro-organisms and bacteria to enter your skin, potentially leading to toenail fungus.

Proper Way To care and Trim Your Toenails

  1. Learning how to trim your toenails correctly will help protect you against ingrown toenails, which often lead to pain, discomfort and possible infection.
  2. Wash your feet and dry them. This will help make your nails less brittle and easier to cut.
  3. Use a proper toenail cutting tool, such as nail clippers, and make sure they are clean and sanitized.
  4. Trim your nail straight across. This step is key. If you round the edges of your toenails or cut them at an angle, you risk the corners growing into your skin, which can be very painful.

Best practice, cut your toenails so the edge reaches the tip of your toe.

  • Be sure to eliminate any jagged edges by filing the cut nails down with an emery board. This will help prevent any snags or tears as your nail grows.

Your toenail is there to protect your toes from the wear and tear you put on your feet each day. Following proper foot care tips to make sure your toenails are trimmed correctly will help protect you from other foot problems too, such as ingrown toenails or toenails fungus.

Where to Seek Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today!

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

      • Serving

Marietta 

      • and

Atlanta Area!


17/Dec/2017

YOUR FOOT FUNGUS SPECIALIST!Foot Fungus Specialist

Toenail fungus infections are a common foot health problem and can continue for years without ever causing pain. The disease, characterized by a change in a toenail’s color, is often considered nothing more than a flaw or imperfection. If it’s left untreated, however, it can cause more serious problems.

Toenail fungus, also referred to as onychomycosis, is an infection underneath the surface of the nail, which may also break through the nail. It’s often accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection affecting the nail plate, which ultimately can lead to difficulty and pain when walking or running.

Symptoms May Include:

  • Discoloration
  • Brittleness
  • Loosening, thickening, or crumbling of the nail

Toenail fungus is caused by a group of fungi, called dermophytes, that easily attack the nail and thrive on keratin, the nail’s protein substance. In some cases, when these tiny organisms take hold, the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown, or darker in color, and foul smelling.

Nail bed injury may make the nail more susceptible to all types of infection. Those who suffer chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to toenail fungus. If basic foot care guidelines are followed, you more than likely can avoid most common foot fungus problems.

Some Best Practices To Prevent Toenail Fungus Are:

  1. Use proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
  2. Keep your feet clean and dry.
  3. Wear shower shoes in public facilities whenever possible.
  4. Clip nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  5. Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) together with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  6. Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture.
  7. Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  8. Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to toenail fungus infections).
  9. Disinfect home pedicure tools and make sure the tools used in salons have been cleaned properly.
  10. Don’t share shoes or socks with others.
  11. Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others.

Options For Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus treatment options, depending on the type of infection you have and the severity, include:

  • Laser treatment that uses a laser light beam to penetrate the nail bed and kill the pathogens embedded in the nail causing the toenail fungus. This is the most effective method for toenail fungus treatment.
  • Over-the-counter liquid antifungal agents that are applied directly to the nail.
  • Oral medications in the form of pills that kill the fungus by entering the blood stream.
  • Debridement which is when the diseased nail matter and debris is removed.

In severe cases, surgical toenail fungus treatment may be required to remove the entire infected nail. Permanent removal of a chronically painful nail, which has not responded to any other treatment, permits the fungal infection to be cured and prevents the return of a deformed nail.

Who to Call!

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!


17/Dec/2017

Are Bunions Arthritis ?Are Bunions Arthritis

Bunion Treatment

If you think you have a bunion, you know how painful it can be and how important it is to receive treatment, but you may not know what is causing you the pain.

At PODIATRY GROUP OF GEORGIA, We Can Help Answer and Treat Two Common Questions Related to Bunions:

  1. What is a bunion?
  2. What kind of bunion treatment options are available?

A bunion is a bone deformity on the foot that forms when the toe moves out of place. Bunions are caused by an enlargement of the joint located at the base and side of the big toe. This enlargement creates a bump that causes friction and pressure as it rubs against footwear. Bunion treatment and in some cases, bunion surgery, is available to help alleviate the pain.

There Are Three Parts of The Bunion That Give Patients Problems:

The big toe moving toward the other toes causing it to go over or under the second toe.

The bump itself that causes friction and pain.

When the long bone of the foot, specifically known as the first metatarsal, moves toward the other foot so it’s at an angle when it’s supposed to be parallel. This causes a loss of cartilage between the two bones which is painful because cartilage is what allows the bones to move over each other.

What Kind of Bunion Treatment Is Available?

Bunions are not able to heal themselves because they are bone deformities. Instead, bunion treatment involves:

  • Relieving the pressure and pain cause by the irritation
  • Stopping the continued growth of the bunion
  • Bunion surgery in some cases

BUNION TREATMENT OPTIONS AT PODIATRY GROUP OF GEORGIA INCLUDE:

  • The use of protective padding or bandaging to eliminate the friction against shoes.
  • Changing to carefully-fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion
  • Custom orthotic devices to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing
  • Physical therapy to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis
  • Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Depending on the size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and the degree of pain experienced, bunion treatment may require more complex alternatives. Bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, is a possibility that may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe.

Bunion Surgery

The above types of bunion treatment can help take care of the pain, but not the deformity itself. When it becomes difficult to bear weight, bunion surgery is an option. PODIATRY GROUP OF GEORGIA specializes in minimally invasive bunion surgery to help correct the bunion. The bunion surgery would consist of correcting the position of the big toe joint by making a small incision in the foot.

THE BUNION SURGERY CAN ALSO HELP WITH:

  • The position of the big toe joint
  • Relieving pain and stiffness
  • Getting back to normal activity in a timely manner

Who to Call !

If you’ve been searching for podiatric surgeons for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today at Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

 Serving the Marietta & Atlanta Area

 


17/Dec/2017

How To Choose A Foot Health ProfessionalFoot care professional

Podiatrist (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM) – Diagnoses, treats and helps prevent foot diseases and conditions. May also provide toenail care and maintenance and works with people with diabetes and other medical conditions who have foot issues.  May perform surgery and often prescribes special footwear.

Orthopaedic Surgeon (Orthopedist, Orthopaedic Physician) – A medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and correcting issues with the musculoskeletal system. Corrective measures may involve surgery.  Many specialize in the foot and ankle.

General Practitioner, Family Physician or Primary Care Physician – A medical doctor who diagnoses and treats a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages.  May not have specialized knowledge of the feet, but can make referrals to an appropriate foot specialist.

Foot Care Nurse – Specializes in the care of the feet, and often provides general foot care, nail care and basic diabetic foot care.

Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped) – Trained in the manufacturing, fitting and modification of foot appliances and footwear. Does not diagnose, but often takes prescriptions or recommendations from medical practitioners to develop footwear solutions for specific problems.

Certified Orthotist (CO) – Specializes in providing mechanical devices to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs.

Certified Prosthetist (CP) – Specializes in the replacement of missing limbs and other body structures with manufactured substitutes

Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO) – Combines the two disciplines of the orthotist and prosthetist.

The podiatrists at Podiatry Group Of Georgia are well-versed and experienced in treating many different foot and ankle problems, such as bunions, flat feet, hammertoes, heel pain, ingrown toenails, misaligned feet, plantar fasciitis, toenail fungus, and more.

Podiatry Group of Georgia has been working with patients to provide the best podiatric care for patients in the Marietta and Atlanta Area. Dr. Gephart ‘s experience in podiatry is coupled with genuine concern for his patients. All our staff members are dedicated to your comfort and prompt attention as well. Our goal is to help you maintain healthy feet.

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

Proudly Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area!


17/Dec/2017

Different Types of Foot Doctors?Different Types of Foot Doctors

Whether you’re a career woman who wears high-heeled shoes every day, an avid athlete who plays sports all year round, or you just have foot issues caused by bad genetics, odds are you will need foot pain management at some point in your life.

SOME OF THE ISSUES WE SEE THE MOST THAT REQUIRE FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN MANAGEMENT ARE:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Flat Feet
  • Improper Footwear
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Sprains
  • Stress Factures
  • Warts

Podiatry Group of Georgia Offers Many Foot And Ankle Pain Management Options

If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible so the problem doesn’t lead to something more severe. Treatment depends on the type of foot problem and severity of the condition causing the pain. Before deciding how to treat your foot pain, a qualified podiatrist at Podiatry Group of Georgia will want to get to know you and will work together with you to provide a full assessment of the issues causing you pain. It’s important to us to see the whole picture. That’s why you can expect us to ask a lot of questions so that we can determine when the pain started, how often it occurs, what you’re doing when you experience the foot pain, and your medical history.

There are many foot pain management and ankle pain management options available; some are conservative treatments that are used to treat a variety of conditions causing foot pain, and some are surgical procedures used to treat specific conditions. We’ll give an overview of some of the pain management options available.

CONSERVATIVE TREATMENTS FOR FOOT PAIN AND ANKLE PAIN MANAGEMENT ARE:

  1. Anti-inflammatory medications
  2. Over the counter or prescription pain medications
  3. Stretching exercises
  4. Custom orthotics
  5. Physical therapy
  6. Fitting for proper footwear

SURGICAL TREATMENTS 

We perform surgeries in our  Marietta office, but these treatments are best determined and discussed on a case by case basis. Common issues that may require surgery if allowed to go untreated are:

When to Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today !

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

 Serving Marietta and Atlanta Area

 


17/Dec/2017

Can You Get Fungus From Nail Polish?

Can you get fungus from nail polish

Toenail fungus infections are a common foot health problem and may continue for years without ever causing pain. The disease, characterized by a change in a toenail’s color, is often considered nothing more than a flaw or imperfection. If it’s left untreated, however, it can cause more serious problems.

Toenail fungus, also referred to as onychomycosis, is an infection underneath the surface of the nail, which may also break through the nail. It’s often accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection affecting the nail plate, which ultimately can lead to difficulty and pain when walking or running.

Symptoms Can Include:

  1. Discoloration
  2. Brittleness
  3. Loosening, thickening, or crumbling of the nail

Toenail fungus is caused by a group of fungi, called dermophytes, that easily attack the nail and thrive on keratin, the nail’s protein substance. In some cases, when these tiny organisms take hold, the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown, or darker in color, and foul smelling.

Nail bed injury may make the nail more susceptible to all types of infection. Those who suffer chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to toenail fungus. If basic foot care guidelines are followed, you more than likely can avoid most common foot fungus problems.

Some Best Practices That May Prevent Toenail Fungus Are:

  • Use proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Wear shower shoes in public facilities whenever possible.
  • Clip nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  • Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) together with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture.
  • Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to toenail fungus infections).
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools and make sure the tools used in salons have been cleaned properly.
  • Don’t share shoes or socks with others.
  • Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others.

Options for Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus treatment options, depending on the type of infection you have and the severity, include:

  1. Laser treatment that uses a laser light beam to penetrate the nail bed and kill the pathogens embedded in the nail causing the toenail fungus. This is the most effective method for toenail fungus treatment.
  2. Over-the-counter liquid antifungal agents that are applied directly to the nail.
  3. Oral medications in the form of pills that kill the fungus by entering the blood stream.
  4. Debridement which is when the diseased nail matter and debris is removed.

In severe cases, surgical toenail fungus treatment may be required to remove the entire infected nail. Permanent removal of a chronically painful nail, which has not responded to any other treatment, permits the fungal infection to be cured and prevents the return of a deformed nail.

 When to Seeking Treatment

If you’ve been searching for podiatric for your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today !

Call Our Marietta, Georgia Office Today at 404-806-3731 or Book your appointment online now!

 


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