Posts for: May, 2018
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.