Posts for: January, 2016
Throughout the month of January, we have looked at the amazing uses of lasers in podiatry for the purposes of removing warts, reducing the appearance of spider veins, and blasting away toenail fungus. While each of these is important for foot health, that’s not all that lasers can do!
Lasers can be used for the removal of unwanted tattoos. Almost everyone has something they regret, but some people’s regrets are more visible than others. Lasers remove tattoos by harmlessly passing through the top layers of skin and targeting the pigment of the tattoo. The laser heats the pigment up, it is broken into small pieces, and the body’s immune system carries it away. A similar process occurs with the treatment of age spots. The appearance of age spots, dark marks, and scars can all be reduced with laser treatment.
Lasers are also commonly used for hair removal. While having hairy toes is a good thing (it’s a sign of good circulation), it can also be unsightly and embarrassing. While you probably aren’t donning sandals on a daily basis in January in Ohio, you can get ready for summer or that winter vacation by sprucing up your toes and feet. Laser hair removal treatment results are different for everyone, but you can expect your hair to be gone for anywhere from a few months to years down the road.
The uses for lasers are endless, both in and outside of the healthcare industry. Hopefully our January spotlight on lasers helped you decided if a laser treatment with FAAWC is right for you. You can see more information about our treatment options on our website and call our office to set up a consultation today. There’s no reason to live with unsightly hair, unwanted tattoos, age spots, painful warts, or disgusting fungus any longer. Call today!
Most people cringe when they hear the word “fungus” and rightfully so. While there are many kinds of good fungi (mushrooms, truffles, certain cheeses), there are also a lot of very bad fungi that can mean very bad things for your feet. Fungal infections can affect almost any part of the body, but fungal infections of the toenails are very common, affecting almost 10% of the population.
A fungal infection of the toenail is called onychomycosis or tinea unguium (just in case you want to impress your friends with your fancy medical lingo). These infections develop slowly and symptoms manifest as thickening of the nails with discoloration – usually yellow, green, white, or black. The nail may also become brittle and chip or crack easily. Fungus is naturally present in and on our bodies, but the buildup of this fungus is what causes these unsightly conditions. If left untreated, the fungus can build up underneath the nail and cause pain, inflammation, and foul odor.
Fungus likes to grow in moist and dark environments, meaning anyone who wears socks and shoes can be a breeding ground for infection. Making sure you wash your feet, change your socks if they get wet or sweaty, and properly clean your shoes are all important steps to avoiding fungal nail infections. The highest factor that puts you at risk is the simple process of aging. As we age, we lose some of the circulation in our feet, our nails grow slower, and we just happen to have been around fungus longer. All of these factors along with poor hygiene for our feet can contribute to the growth of a fungal infection.
The good news is, there are plenty of ways to treat it! For minor infections that are caught early, oral medications, creams, and even medicated toe nail polishes can work wonders, but are not always successful at fully eradicating the infection. This can mean a recurring infection and permanent damage to your nails. For continuing or especially severe infections, a laser is your best treatment option.
The FAAWC laser therapy boasts a 92.7% success rate. During your initial office visit, your doctor will discuss with you which treatment package is right for you. Therapies are usually spread three to four weeks apart and can be combined with medication, specialized socks, antimicrobial shoe shields, and more. For more information about your treatment options please visit http://www.faawc.com/laser-treatment.html
Let’s make sure this year that we leave the fungus in our pantries and refrigerators where it belongs and off of our feet. Change your socks often, avoid going barefoot in damp communal places (such as swimming pools), and most importantly, come see your podiatrist if you think you make have a fungal nail infection.
Today we continue our look at the amazing uses of lasers. Everyone wants to look and feel their best, but having unsightly spider veins can bring your mood down. Spider veins affect both women and men, but are more common in women. They generally occur on the face and legs. Your podiatrists at the Foot and Ankle Wellness Center offer non-invasive treatment for spider veins with our Aerolase LightPro Neo Laser.
Spider veins are small red or purple blood vessels that twist and turn beneath the skin. They can be painful and are highly visible. Many people who spend long days on their feet will develop spider veins although they can also occur due to heredity, pregnancy, and blood clots. The simple laser treatment is easy, quick, and can greatly reduce the appearance of these spider veins. The heat from the laser damages the veins, causing scar tissue to form. The scar tissue then fills the veins and makes it disappear.
Your podiatrist is here to help find the right treatment for your spider veins. Even if your spider veins don’t cause you pain, they can worsen and spread over time, so treating them early is important. For more information about our laser and possible treatment options, visit our website, check us out on Facebook, and call the office to schedule your appointment today.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope your New Year’s Eve shoes were sensible and supportive. Let’s jump right into 2016 with the amazing topic of Lasers. Lasers are used in a wide variety of technology nowadays and that means great things for your feet. Lasers can treat warts, rejuvenate skin, remove hair, cure fungal nails, and even diminish spider veins.
Lasers have been in use since 1958, the year of their invention. Modern day lasers are used for scientific, military, medical, and industrial purposes. One of the most common uses for lasers in podiatry is for the effective removal of warts. Many of the at-home-remedy options for warts involve salicylic acid. This compound can be found in the form of drops, gels, or pads and should be used with caution since it can damage healthy skin and should not be used on people with diabetes. A laser is for everyone.
A laser will attack the wart in two ways, making it doubly effective for our patients. First, the laser destroys the cells that are infected; then, it destroys the capillaries that feed the infected area. A local anesthetic is usually given for added comfort, especially when the wart is large or already painful. Treatment can be completed in a short office visit, though there will be some recovery time where you will want to take it easy.
For more information about our laser therapy, please visit our website and don’t forget to like us on Facebook.