Category Archives: Toenails

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.

Solution for That Toenail Fungus

shutterstock_80839891 4x6-2Do you have thick, yellow, discolored toenails?

Are you embarrassed to wear your open toed sandals in public?

Chances are you have fungal toenails, a condition also known as onychomycosis.

It is estimated world wide that over 30 million people have onychomycosis, and it is especially a problem in warm weather climates like Florida.

Fungal toenails are caused by an organism that grows on top and under the nail.  The fungus likes to grow in warm, most places, like your shoes.  Many patients pick up fungal toenail infections, in the gym locker room, from a nail salon, wet shoes, or even from trauma.  Fungus can stay in the nail for many years and spread very quickly.  There are currently three treatment modalities for this condition.  They include; topical medications, oral medications, which can have some serious side e ffects, and the newest modality, which is laser therapy.

At First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic we use the first FDA cleared laser, which focuses a concentrated beam of laser light through the nail, to eradicate the fungus living under and in the nail.  The procedure is preformed right in my office, requires no anesthesia and is painless.  Most patients require only one or two treatments and can once again enjoy the satisfaction of wearing open toed shoes.

So, if you are tired of looking as those unsightly nails, please contact my office to determine if you are a candidate for laser therapy.

With Beautiful People There is Still Toenail Fungus Among Us

BeyoncePeople Magazine has announce Beyonce as its’ 2012 Most Beautiful Woman.  The Grammy winner joins a list shared by Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Jessica Pare of “Mad Men”. There’s no surprise the new mother to Blue Ivy Carter received this honor, as she’s always so well put together from head to toe. And with summerfast approaching in Jacksonville, FL, toes will become more visible as folks trade shoes for sandals… or just opt to go barefoot!  Unfortunately, far too many people keep their tootsies under cover due to toenail fungus.

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a dermatophyte fungal infection of the nail and one of the most common dermatologic disorders affecting the foot. The sometimes “ugly and embarrassing” toenail fungus can be ignored because the infection can be present for years causing no pain.

Signs and symptoms of nail fungi are:

  • Discolored nails; yellow streaks, white spots, brown or grey nail, etc.
  • Brittle, broken, and thickened nail
  • Soft and powdery nail surface
  • Damaged, crumbly, nail surface
  • Lifting of the leading edge of the nail
  • Occasionally an odor – the condition is very tough to miss

In the past, the only medical treatment for fungal nails included:

  • Topical medications: generally minimally effective or completely ineffective
  • Oral agents (pills): potentially successful in treating the infection, have been known to affect the liver and/or kidneys if special care is not taken
  • Surgical removal of the nail plate: painful and debilitating

Fortunately, modern medicine and the First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic have an easy solution to treat nail fungus… the PinPointe FootLaser. This FDA approved, patented laser is specially designed to shine through your toenail and destroy the specific pathogens embedded in and under the toenail causing the infection.

pretty toesAbout the PinPointe FootLaser:

  • Does not effect healthy tissue
  • Little to no discomfort associated with the treatment during or after (some patients report the sensation of heat on their toes during treatment)
  • Will not harm or affect your activity in any way
  • No age or health restrictions or limitations (Men, women diabetics and those who are pregnant can benefit from treatment)
  • Only a licensed physician such as Dr. Reddy can administer the PinPointe FootLaser

If you or someone you know may be shy to show their toes due to potential toenail fungus request an appointment today. Imagine how much more enjoyable a day at the pool or Jacksonville Beach could be with a visit to the First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic.

Wedding Season is Here: Pretty Toes a Must!

remedyStop the presses!  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are engaged!  And with wedding season well underway here on the First Coast, many of us will be slipping into strappy sandals, peep toe heels and cute flip-flops for upcoming nuptials in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach or St. Augustine Florida.  For the confidence to show off those toes with and pride… It’s trivia time!

Question:

What product was created by two board-certified podiatric physicians, has the ability to treat nail fungus and yellow nails without any harsh chemicals, is fully endorsed by the American Podiatric Medical Association(APMA), and can make you look like a million bucks???

Answer:  

Dr.’s REMEDY enriched, anti-fungal, non-toxic nail polish!

Commercial nail polishes are often formulated with Dibutyl Phthalate a/k/a DBP (banned throughout the European Union), toluene, and formaldehyde – each linked to a wide variety of health risks including, but not limited to, cancer, infertility, and birth defects. Why should looking good involve such extreme risks? With Dr.’s REMEDY polish, it doesn’t have to!

Dr.’s REMEDY line of nail care products are formulated with non-toxic, natural ingredients that help – not hurt – your nails, such as:

  • Tea Tree Oil:  Found to have antiseptic and antifungal effects
  • Garlic Bulb Extract:  Contains a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent that helps kill harmful germs
  • Vitamins C & E:  Improves the health of skin and nails
  • Wheat Protein:  A vegetable-derived, high quality protein that contains moisture-binding capabilities and naturally increases shine

Dr.’s REMEDY polish is allergen friendly for those sensitive to ingredients in commercial nail polish. And it’s a vegan product!  Add these healthy benefits to a long-lasting coat of color (over 30 available) and you have a recipe for a great polish.

Don’t bother looking around the mall for Dr.’s REMEDY products. You can find them at First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinicin Jacksonville. If you have any questions or concerns about your foot, ankle or toenail needs request an appointment.

Ingrown Toenail Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Screen shot 2012-02-24 at 11_31_09 AMIf you’re lucky enough to hold tickets to see the amazing Canadian Brass quintet perform at the Jacksonville, FL Jacoby Symphony Hall this weekend, you will need to find a nice outfit to wear… Complete with snazzy, properly fitting, supportive, shoes!  If you failed to catch the “properly fitting and supportive” part, you may fall victim to an ingrown toenail.

An ingrown toenail, also known as onychocryptosis or unguis incarnates, is a potentially painful, yet common condition of the toe. It occurs when a sharp corner of the toenail digs into the skin at the end or side(s) of the toe. Pain and/or discomfort and inflammation at the spot where the nail curls into the skin occur first. Increased sensitivity to pressure, even the weight of bed sheets, can induce pain as the nail further punctures the tissue. Later, the same area can begin to grow extra tissue, making removal of the excess nail more complex, and potentially a need to drain yellowish fluid.

The main cause of onychocryptosis is:

  • Unsuitable footwear, including shoes with inadequate room in the “toe box
  • Tight stockings that apply top and or side pressures

Less frequently, ingrown toenails can result from:

  • Damp atmosphere of enclosed shoes
  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • Other diseases

4 Facts about Ingrown toenails!

  1. Ingrown toenails are common in adults but uncommon in children and infants
  2. They are more common in men than in women
  3. Young adults in their 20s or 30s are most at risk
  4. Any toenail can become ingrown, but the condition is usually found in the big toe

How to know an ingrown toenail may be infected:

  • Fever
  • Lighter skin surrounded by red skin
  • Worsening pain and swelling

If are experiencing any of these symptoms you have suffered long enough. Even if the ingrown toenail is only inflamed without infection, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reddy at the First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic to ensure the problem does not worsen.