Monthly Archives: August 2012

Don’t Hide Ugly, Thick, Discolored Toenails…. Treat Them!

002 Toe FungusIt’s hard to believe the 2012 Summer Olympics are over, the school year has started in Jacksonville, FL and Football Season is upon us. Although fall is right around the corner, we are still feeling summer temperature’s here on the First Coast, leaving many still showing off their toes in flip-flops or sandals.  For some this can be embarrassing if you have thick, yellow, cracking, brittle nails, which can be painful and hard to treat, could be fungus.  Nail polish can disguise the discoloration, but regular polish can also lock in the fungus, making it worse. Summer is more fun if you’re fungus free!

Toenail fungus, called onychomycosis, can start as a yellowing of the toenail but progress into a painful, thick nail with a foul odor.  Fungus thrives in hot, humid environments, making it an extremely common condition in Florida.  This contagious infection can be spread easily in moist environments such as public swimming pools, and gyms and can be difficult to get rid of.

It can be difficult to get rid of toenail fungus and recurrence is high, but a podiatristcan give you options that have the highest success with the particular kind of fungus you have:

  • Topical nonprescription creams
  • Oral Medications, which can have side effects
  • Surgical removal of the nail
  • Laser Therapy

First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic makes sure to offer the most effective treatments available, from anti-fungal nail polish, to the most up-to date treatment tools.

002 rednailACurrently the Pinpointe FootLaser is one of the most effective treatments for nail fungus.  The procedure is quick, painless and does not have to be repeated.  The laser is able to go through the nail and destroy the fungus under it while leaving all other tissue unharmed.  The laser offers effective treatment without the side effects and prolonged treatments of many of the medications currently used, and without the pain and recovery associated with surgical removal of the nail.

The First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinics’ Four steps to Fabulous Fungus Free Feet:

  1. Rid yourself of any current fungus: Let us PinPointe the problem for you!
  2. Keep feet dry: Dry cotton socks and ventilated shoes are a good choice
  3. Don’t share: Tools such as nail clippers or files, and clothing can spread fungus
  4. Wear shoes in public facilities: showers, gyms and public pools

If you or someone you know may possibly be suffering from toenail fungus, request an appointment today to see what Dr. Vimal Reddy can do for you.

Set Your Sights on a Smoother Pregnancy

Pregnant and the Olympics are not two words most people would put in the same sentence; But at the 2012 London Olympics, Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi of Malaysia represented her country for the air rifle competition, eight months pregnant!

Just weeks away from her due date, Mohd Taibi reported “I only feel pain when I walk too much…  sometimes I forget that I’m pregnant.”  And though she not the most decorated Olympian like Michael Phelps, she now holds her own Olympic record as the most pregnant Olympian.  At eight months pregnant Mohd Taibi, like many current day mothers-to-be, does not have time to be slowed down by foot pain.

Many soon-to-be-moms are burdened by everything from back pain and cramping calves, to swollen ankles and sore feet.  Pregnancy hormones can wreak havoc on your body, and your feet are no exception.  Foot pain experienced during pregnancy is due to the increased hormone levels coupled with the extra weight of the baby.  Women may develop:

As the pregnancy progresses, the increasing weight may make the problem worse; Causing walking to be very painful, as well as other issues such as sore knees and back due to the added strain.  Our Olympian Mohd Taibi represents Malaysia where the warm humid conditions cause even further difficulties, such as increased swelling and risk of foot infections – both fungal and bacterial.  The Jacksonville area certainly competes with Malaysia in this regard this time of year.

Ammunition to keep your baby-bump bliss right on target:

  • Aim at taking time off your feet: Taking time to rest and elevate your legs will help reduce swelling
  • Choose correct footwear for your pregnant feet: Feet change size throughout your pregnancy so have them measured accordingly
  • Custom made Orthotics can control or prevent the over-pronation which leads to other body aches

Jump the gun on foot pain and make an appointment before pregnancy related foot problems become more advanced and difficult to treat.  Come see us at First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic for assistance to prevent expected pregnancy-related foot problems and for expert treatment of any problems you may already b experiencing.

This will be the straightest shot at keeping your feet healthy during your pregnancy.