Friday, 12 July 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Experiencing toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, can be a persistent and bothersome condition. Toenail fungus causes nails to become yellow, opaque, and brittle, often leading to crumbling or breaking. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, making individuals with sweaty feet or those who wear heavy shoes more susceptible. Not only is it unpleasant, but toenail fungus is also highly contagious. It can spread easily in communal areas, such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and shared showers. Treatment usually involves oral antifungal medications that need to be taken for several weeks. Even as the medication starts working, it might take some time before new, healthy nail growth appears, and the discoloration and brittleness may persist until then. Preventive measures are essential to managing and avoiding the spread of the infection. Keeping feet dry, wearing moisture-wicking socks, trimming nails properly, and ensuring feet are fully dry before putting on socks and shoes can help. If you are experiencing symptoms of toenail fungus, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

For more information about treatment, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Sports-related injuries are common in children and adolescents, particularly affecting the feet due to the high impact and repetitive stress involved in athletic activities. Growth plates, the areas of developing tissues at the ends of long bones, are vulnerable during this stage, making young athletes more susceptible to injuries such as fractures, sprains, and strains. Many of these injuries are related to overuse, where repetitive stress leads to wear and tear on the feet. Common foot injuries in this age group include Sever's disease, an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel, and stress fractures, small cracks in the bone caused by repetitive force. Other issues like ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, are also prevalent. Prevention strategies include proper warm-up exercises, wearing appropriate and well-fitting footwear, and ensuring adequate rest to avoid overuse injuries. Parents and coaches should encourage young athletes to listen to their bodies and seek medical attention when pain persists. If you have a young athlete in the family, it is suggested that you schedule regular visits to a podiatrist to maintain foot health and address any injuries promptly.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Recovering from hammertoe surgery requires attentive care to ensure proper healing and prevent complications. Follow your doctor's instructions regarding pain relief and any prescribed antibiotics to avoid infection. Keeping the pain under control will also help you stay mobile and adhere to post-surgery exercises. A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals supports the healing process, with particular emphasis on nutrients like vitamin C and protein to aid tissue repair. Incision care is vital for preventing infections includes keeping the surgical site clean and dry and following your podiatrist's guidelines on changing dressings. Avoid soaking the foot until the incision is fully healed, and watch for signs of infection like increased redness, swelling, or discharge. Elevating the foot and limiting activity as recommended will reduce swelling and promote faster recovery. If you have had hammertoe surgery, it is suggested that you keep in close contact with your podiatrist who can monitor your recovery. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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