Find out more about why toenail fungus happens and how you can prevent it.
Whether you are someone who has been dealing with persistent toenail fungal infections for years now or this is your first time facing this problem, you may be wondering why it is happening and what you can do to prevent it in the future. Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY can tell you more.
What causes toenail fungus?
Many different fungi can be responsible for causing an infection within the toenail, but the typical offender is a fungus known as a dermatophyte. In some situations, molds or yeast can also cause infections. A fungal toenail infection can also be the result of athlete’s foot that spread from the skin between the toes to the nails themselves.
What are the symptoms of a toenail fungal infection?
Sometimes people don’t realize that they even have a fungal toenail infection because they don’t notice any pain, swelling or other obvious symptoms; however, if one or more of your toenails are yellow or brown, has thickened, or become brittle then you could very well be dealing with a fungal infection. Even though you can develop a fungal infection within the fingernails, it’s far more common for the fungus to invade the toenails.
How is this infection treated?
There are several approaches you can take to treat this issue. Of course, if you are an otherwise healthy individual you may choose to tackle this problem with over-the-counter treatments that you can easily pick up at your local drugstore. Unfortunately, topical fungal treatments can’t often penetrate through the hard layers of your toenail to effectively kill all the fungus trapped underneath.
So, a more effective approach is to turn to our Dyker Heights podiatrist to help you determine the best course of action. Those who deal with persistent fungal infections may require a cold laser procedure that targets and kill the fungus without affecting the healthy nail or skin around it. Cold laser treatment is non-invasive, requires no downtime, is painless and can sometimes fully kill the fungus in just one session. In just a few months, as the nail grows out, you will see the yellow nail becoming clearer.
Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY, is here to provide your entire family with the podiatric services you need. Don’t hesitate to call our office today.
Don’t let severe or chronic foot pain affect your daily life.
Foot pain can happen for a number of reasons, from a sports-related injury to the development of a chronic condition like arthritis. When foot pain arises it’s important that you have our podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY by your side to make sure your feet get the care they deserve. If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis-related heel pain or a neuroma (thickening of the tissue around the nerves between the toes), and aren’t seeing results from conservative, at-home care then we have other solutions.
Treating Heel Pain
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer sees and it’s often the result of overuse. These micro tears within the plantar fascia (tissue that runs along the soles of the feet) can lead to an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis (the most common cause of heel pain).
Dr. Kauderer may recommend conservative treatments to manage symptoms, including stretching and rolling your foot on a tennis ball. There are some people who deal with severe or chronic forms of heel pain that don’t clear up these simple methods.
When this happens you’ll want to talk to us about whether extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT) is right for you. This non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment is designed to handle heel, muscular and tendon pain. This shockwave therapy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing response while also improving blood flow to the area.
Blood brings along essential and healing nutrients that the tissues need to thrive and regenerate. Furthermore, by stimulating the body’s natural healing response we can help the damaged tissue heal more effectively.
This painless procedure doesn’t require anesthesia and patients can return to their work and daily routine in about one to two days after treatment. You’ll come in for about three sessions about once a week to alleviate symptoms. You may require fewer or more sessions depending on the severity of your heel pain.
Morton’s neuroma can cause serious and chronic foot pain. If the pain is persistent, doesn’t respond to at-home care and makes it difficult to stand or walk around then it’s time to talk to us about alcohol ablation treatment.
Ultrasound-guided alcohol ablation is an effective method for treating serious and painful neuromas. Local anesthesia is first administered to the area to numb the region prior to treatment. Then the ultrasound technology safely and accurately guides a very thin needle into the neuroma. The needle contains a high concentration of alcohol (ethanol) that is injected directly into the neuroma, which targets and eliminates pain often in just one or two sessions.
Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY, is dedicated to offering a full range of podiatric services. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.
Protecting your feet from the harsh winter weather is an important aspect when preparing for the changing seasons. With help from your podiatrist, you can keep your feet warm, healthy, and free from complications this season. Find out more about protecting and caring for your feet properly with Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Toenail fungus occurs when a person comes into contact with a fungus which then enters the nail, usually through tiny cuts or scrapes. Thanks to the toes’ warm, moist environment, they make the perfect home for the fungus to grow. Some people are more susceptible to fungal infections than others, though doctors do not have a definitive reason why. Toenail fungus is preventable with proper toenail care, avoiding walking barefoot in moist, warm environments like locker rooms, public showers, or public pools, and keeping the feet clean and dry. In addition to these steps, always wear clean socks and wash the feet thoroughly at least once a day. Your podiatrist can help you treat your toenail fungus with prescription creams, ointments, lacquers, or even laser treatments.
3D Printed Orthotics
With 3D printing becoming more and more popular, medical devices like orthotics, which used to require a physical plaster mold of the foot have given way to more modern, state-of-the-art methods. 3D printed orthotics cut down on manufacturing time, thus cutting down on manufacturing price. Made from quality, durable materials, 3D printed orthotics are made to last.
Bunions are a bony growth at the base of the big toe which can cause severe discomfort and pain if left untreated. Though they usually begin painlessly and progress very slowly over time, your podiatrist can help monitor and treat your bunion to prevent future growth or discomfort. If you have a lump at the bottom of your big toe, you could have a bunion and would benefit from seeing your podiatrist to determine the best treatment plan for you. Some patients can slow bunion growth with simple changes like losing weight or wearing different shoes. More severe cases may require bunionectomy surgery to remove the growth altogether.
For more information on these foot-related topics or protecting your feet from the winter weather, please contact our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY. Call (718) 232-2100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kauderer today!
It's important to take good care of your feet when you have diabetes. Board Certified Podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York offers a full range of podiatric services. Here are some reasons why diabetics need to take care of their feet.
1. Nerve Damage- High blood sugar from diabetes can cause neuropathy or nerve damage. Nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. When that happens, it can be hard to tell when you have a problem, like a callus, sore, blister, or cut on your foot. You may not feel heat, cold, or pain in your feet and legs. You might not notice a foot injury until the skin becomes infected. Dr. Kauderer uses NIR-Near Infrared technology as well as prescription and natural oral vitamins to treat neuropathy.
2. Poor Circulation- Diabetes affects the flow of blood. Poor circulation means not enough blood flows to the feet and legs through the blood vessels. Poor circulation makes it difficult for infections or sores to heal. This problem is called peripheral artery disease. Sometimes, infections never heal. Dr. Kauderer also does Doppler exams to check the circulation of patients. Prompt attention to a foot injury can prevent additional problems and complications and is good practice for diabetic foot care.
3. Foot Ulcers- If you have diabetes, you have an increased chance of developing foot ulcers. A foot ulcer is an open sore on the foot. Even though some foot ulcers are not painful, every ulcer should be seen by your podiatrist immediately. Neglecting a foot ulcer can result in an infection, which can potentially lead to loss of a limb.
Some steps you can take to prevent complications and issues is to examine your feet daily. You should wash and dry your feet daily, as well as wear comfortable shoes so that you don't develop a condition such as blisters, corns, calluses or bunions. It's important to contact Dr. Kauderer if you notice any symptoms or issues with your feet. If you take good care of your feet every day, you can reduce your risk of a small problem becoming worse.
If you have a diabetes-related foot problem and want to learn about diabetic foot care, who should you call? Call our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer of Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY at 718-232-2100. Taking good care of your feet can prevent foot problems before they start!
Find Relief From Heel Pain, Hammertoes, or Bunions!
Are you having foot problems? Podiatrists provide a complete range of medical care for problems of the feet. They diagnose and treat diseases and perform surgery. Our Board Certified Podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer of Dyker Heights Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, New York offers a full range of podiatric services. Read on if you want to find relief from heel pain, hammertoes, or bunions.
About Heel Pain
Heel pain affects millions of Americans every year. Heel pain is a common complaint, especially amongst those who are involved in sports. Heel pain can interfere with your day-to-day activities, particularly exercise. If treated quickly and properly, your foot will heal well, allowing safe return to activity.
Heel Pain Treatments
Treatments for heel pain usually involve a combination of techniques, such as orthotic devices, over-the-counter pain relievers, and stretching exercises to reduce pain and speed up recovery. Prescription 3d printed orthoses are designed to fit each patient's own foot structure. Orthotic devices relieve heel pain and provide cushioning and arch support for added shock absorption, comfort and protection. In cases that don't respond to conservative treatment, EPAT- Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment may be needed. This treatment sends acoustic waves at the affected area to increase the body's natural healing response and decrease inflammation.
A hammertoe is a deformity of the toe. This condition causes the toe to bend at the middle joint so that it resembles a hammer. At the start, hammertoes are very flexible and can be fixed, but if not treated promptly, they may become fixed and require surgery to correct them.
Drugs that reduce inflammation can alleviate your pain and reduce swelling. Sometimes, a podiatrist will use cortisone injections to reduce pain. Splinting the toe may help in the very early stages. Your podiatrist may give you a custom-made orthotic device to wear inside your shoe. This can reduce your pain and keep your hammertoe from getting worse. When the hammertoe is not resolved with the above methods, surgery may be needed.
Bunions are painful, bony bumps that form on the joint connecting the big toe. Bunions can be very painful. For many people, bunions run in the family. If bunions run in your family, your risk of developing them is higher. Years of wearing poorly fitting shoes can cause a bunion. Such footwear gradually pushes the bones of the foot into an unnatural shape.
To treat your bunion, your podiatrist may recommend an over-the-counter reliever, as well as a medication to relieve swelling. An orthotic device may be placed inside your shoe to help realign the bones of your foot. This will relieve the pressure on your bunion and ease your pain.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet! If you need a podiatrist, call our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer of Advanced Foot & Dental Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY at 718-232-2100 now to schedule an appointment.
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