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You try to avoid it, but it happened. You developed fungal nails. This infection occurs from contact with fungus in warm, moist places. Often pools or communal showers can spread fungus and it grows well in dark places like sweaty socks. Improper nail clipping and cuts or abrasions on your feet can give fungus an easy entry. If you develop athlete's foot, it can spread to your nails. Fungal infection of the nail is identified by thick and brittle nails, often with yellow discoloration. You may also experience pain with a severe infection.

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Traditional treatments for fungal infections include: topical creams, nail lacquer, oral medications, or surgical removal. Your podiatrist may need to identify the strain of fungus before treatment or suggest multiple treatments options in conjunction. If severe infection occurs, the nail may need to be surgically removed which means a long recovery time and no regrowth of the nail. Don't fret! There is a way to avoid all this.

The Foot & Ankle Wellness Center has been treating fungal nails with wild success using the Aerolase laser. We see a 90% success rate in laser treatments; the highest of any treatment option. Our Aerolase laser penetrates through the nail plate to the nail bed where it kills fungal infection with no damage to the surrounding nail. This is a safe and painless treatment. You can reapply nail polish immediately after treatment (we recommend Dr. Remedy's anti-fungal polish). Your nail won't look perfect right away. After the infection is destroyed, the yellowed and thickened nail will need to grow out. This usually takes about 6-12 months. Additional trimming and treatment in our PediCare salon can help make the existing nail look better.

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Not all insurances cover laser treatments, but HSA (Healthcare Savings Accounts) may be applicable. Fees for treatment range between $249.00 up to $399.00.  You will receive a written quote prior to treatment including the number of nails requiring treatment and the total price.  Two additional evaluations within 12 months of your original treatment date are included and we will provide laser treatment of any re-infection that occurs at no additional cost.

Call today to schedule your appointment.

Everyone is in such a rush these days. Amazon can deliver packages in two hours, you can get food from almost any restaurant without leaving your home, and there are advertisements for every type of immediate health and beauty fix. However, we all know that nothing worth having has ever come easy and that applies to your feet. But the FAAWC wants to make it as easy and quick as possible to get your feet looking better than ever!

In addition to the warm weather and the promise of summer lingering in the air, other special occasions are rushing towards us. School graduations, weddings, and all sorts of summer activities mean needing to look your best so what can we do for our feet in just a few weeks to get ready? The FAAWC has lots of options!

  1. Pedicare Salon

If we can better our health while being pampered, wouldn’t we do it all the time? Well the PediCare salon offers relaxing pedicures and foot maintenance that actually make your feet noticeably different. Completed by certified medical nail technicians under the guidance of our podiatrists, our services include a half-hour PediCare (toenail trimming, callus and corn reduction, application of mousturizer), a full-hour PediCare (hydrotherapy or warm mitt skin softening, relaxing foot and ankle massage, reduction of corns and calluses), or just a half-hour foot and leg massage (for those who need an extra special relaxing touch). Nail polish can be applied for $5 and patients may bring in their own polish or purchase from our store. This is an easy way to pamper yourself while seeing immediate improvements and you don’t even have to be a patient of the FAAWC to visit our PediCare salon! Call 740-363-4373 to book your appointment today.

  1. Keryflex

Maybe your feet need a little more attention than a simple pedicure. In that case, inquire about our Keryflex treatment. Keryflex is a professional nail restoration option that can improve the look of your toenails immediately! Do you have a broken nail you are patiently watching grow? How about a fungal infection you are slowly treating? You can now get the look and feel of a natural healthy nail while continuing your treatment. The Keryflex system allows our nail technicians to remodel your toenails with a flexible, non-porous nail that returns the healthy look for your feet while still allowing treatment and healing to occur. This is not just some acrylic nail that will cover up your problems. The Keryflex nail is podiatrist approved and can only be applied by a certified technician (like the ones we have at the PediCare salon). Unaffected by nail polish, acetone, and detergents and soaps, this nail can be treated just like a natural nail and is applied in just one visit! In terms of quick fixes, this one can really benefit your beauty and your health.

  1. Baby Heels

Maybe you need such a quick fix that you can’t make it in to the office. That’s okay, we have the solution for that too! Try the unique skin peel system of Baby Foot. A single (very squishy) foot wrap lasting only an hour and easy applicable at home will penetrate your dead skin cells and start the exfoliation process. After only 3-5 days you will see your cracked and dry heels start to peel away (literally) to reveal skin as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot! That’s definitely the least work I’ve ever had to do for those results. Get your set from the FAAWC today and see the difference it can make.

All in all, quick fixes generally tend to be myths that leave us hopeful and pull us in with their promises, but every once in awhile an easy solution is actually the best solution and you can find many of those solutions at the FAAWC. Join us today to be ready for all your future activities!

In a couple of months, companies will start thinking about summer and encourage you to “get in shape for bikini season” with their gym membership or fad diet, but it’s always a little late to start that when summer is right around the corner. Health isn’t something you should rush. Healing takes time. Getting in shape takes time. And getting your feet healthy for summer takes time.

The Aerolase LightPro Neo laser is an FDA-approved aesthetic treatment for unsightly nails, fungal infections, spider veins, hair removal, age spots, scars, and warts. Just look at some of the results we’ve had:

                     

These treatments take time; so starting today is the best way to ensure your feet really will be ready for summer as soon as the first warm day arrives. Fungal nail infections can be treated with just three visits, but each visit should be 3-4 weeks apart. If we do the math, that’s late April to early May; just in time to break out the sandals! So don’t delay!

You can find more information on the Aerolase laser HERE.

Call the office today at 740-363-4373 to book your first appointment.

The now super famous (and infamous) Pokémon Go app was released to the public on July 17th and it’s going to be a great thing for podiatrists…. though not really for their patients.

For those who don’t know, Pokémon Go is a free downloadable app for iPhone and android devices that brings hunting for Pokémon to the real world around you. Users are encouraged to go outside and walk their neighborhoods and cities to find Pokémon, pokestops (areas of interest around the city, usually pieces of art), and meet other Pokémon players. The theory behind this game is brilliant (and I must admit, the game itself is fun). Never before has a video game encouraged its users to be so active and social. However, with special incubators that hatch Pokémon eggs only after you walk certain distances (either 2km or 5km), millions of people who are used to a sedentary gaming lifestyle are suddenly getting up and walking around. And this means big changes for their feet.

We have talked in the past about protecting our feet while we exercise and slowly ramping up levels of activity, but let’s take another look at a few key things that may affect all you Pokémon Go players out there who are suddenly getting active:

  1. Stress fractures

This is a real concern for gamers who may not be used to heavy exercise or may underestimate the distances they are going and the impact on their feet. First of all, we need to make sure that everyone is wearing proper footwear for exercise, and no, that does not mean flip-flops. Increasing the daily impact on your feet through walking increases stress on our bones. As we discussed in March, a stress fracture is a small crack in a bone due to overuse or repetitive strain. This can easily happen to those walking long distances in bad shoes. The time it takes to lace up a pair of tennis shoes is about 30 seconds; the time it takes to recover from a stress fracture (and lose out on all that walking and Pokémon collection in the meantime) is several weeks to months depending on the severity. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the 30 seconds to tie my shoes.

  1. Fungal Infection

For those gamers who were intuitive enough to put on athletic shoes before venturing out, you have a different set of worries than our flip-flop users. You need to worry about foot cleanliness and fungal infections. Fungus likes to grow in warm, moist, and dark places, and all three of those conditions exist inside your shoes. In order to avoid lovely conditions such as athletes foot, I would recommend avoiding excess sweating inside your shoes (using a product like Bromi-lotion may help), changing your socks immediately after they get sweaty, and airing out or even disinfecting your shoes on a regular basis. Changing a key factor of your health, such as walking additional distances every day to catch Pokémon, can greatly impact your feet and their health. Be sure to wash your feet thoroughly and maintain appropriate cleanliness for your shoes. It may save a trip to the podiatrist.

 

  1. Trips/Falls

 

Perhaps the biggest complaint so far concerning the Pokémon Go game is that it takes our eyes off of our environment and onto our phonescreen. This creates a whole new set of concerns when it comes to our feet. YouTube videos are popping up all over the place of Pokémon Go users falling down stairs and running into poles. While these can be funny to watch, those gamers may be doing serious damage to their feet. Every time our foot twists in the wrong way or our toes stub hard against something, we are risking major damage to our feet. If you are walking through the local park and only looking at your phone screen, you can easily step into a hole and twist your ankle or even break a bone. The app alerts you each time you start it up to remain aware of your surroundings, but reports have shown that gamers ignore these warnings and that is how they get into trouble with their feet.

Overall, I support the Pokémon Go app for the major shift it is causing in gaming culture, but I sure hope at least one gamer reads this article and thinks twice about their foot health before venturing out to catch their latest Pokémon. Only time will tell if gamers heed my warning.

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.