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Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of -- even drugstore topicals may not treat them. It can cause your toenail to thicken and become painful, making it hard to wear shoes and socks. If you are ready to explore laser toenail treatment, contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA.
Are you sure it is toenail fungus?
Nail fungus is a persistent, unsightly condition that usually affects the nail beds of the toes. While there are many over-the-counter treatments available for those with these symptoms, they sometimes aren’t as effective as one would want. Another option is laser toenail therapy.
Getting laser therapy
Laser toenail therapy is an FDA approved medical treatment for those with toenails that have fungal infections. Carbon dioxide lasers to heat and kill the fungus underneath the nail. The procedure also encourages the cellular turnover of the skin cells on the nail bed, which helps the toe slough off the damaged nail and formerly infected skin.
Studies have shown that laser treatment is not only safe but effective. Your doctor may encourage you to use a topical antifungal to speed up the healing process and ensure that the infection does not return.
Keeping your feet fungus free
After you have gotten your laser therapy, there are a couple of things you want to do afterward:
- If showering at the gym, pool, or some other moist place, be sure to wear shower shoes to protect your feet.
- Take care to make sure that your feet are clean and dry at all times. Inspect your feet daily for too much skin, hangnails, and other things that can make your feet susceptible to fungus.
- Wear clean socks and shoes at all times, and avoid wearing someone else’s shoes.
Call Dr. Bhakta today for more information or to set up an appointment in Gainesville, VA, to see if laser therapy treatment for foot fungus is right for you. Our number at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center is 703-753-3338. See you soon!
Here are the best strategies to follow to achieve a full recovery from a sprained ankle.
A sprained ankle is incredibly common and can happen to anyone. Whether you stepped off the curb awkwardly or you twisted your ankle while running, there are many reasons that you may find yourself dealing with a sprained ankle; however, it’s important that you don’t just ignore your symptoms. Here’s when to treat an ankle at home and when you should visit our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, for a proper evaluation.
Treating Your Ankle Sprain at Home
As you might expect, you want to reduce pain and swelling as quickly as possible after an ankle injury. Practice the RICE method to do so:
Rest is, by far, the most important thing you can do to help your ankle heal quickly. Avoid putting weight on the ankle and keep your ankle elevated above your heart while sitting down (this can reduce swelling). You should also wrap an ice pack (or a frozen bag of a pea, if you don’t have an ice pack) with a towel and apply it to the ankle for 15-20 minutes up to five times a day. Icing the ankle can temporarily numb the pain and reduce swelling.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you’ve never sprained your ankle before it’s probably a good idea to see a medical professional who can properly diagnose the injury. After all, you may think it’s just a sprain, but it could actually be a more serious condition. It’s important to rule out other problems such as fractures or dislocations.
You should see a podiatrist right away if:
- Pain and swelling are severe
- You are unable to put weight on the affected ankle
- There is a visible deformity in the ankle after injury
- You heard a popping sound at the moment of impact or injury
- There is tingling, numbness, or weakness in the foot or ankle
Since a sprained ankle is more at risk for future sprains, it’s important that you follow your podiatrist’s treatment plan exactly. Our team can provide a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises designed to retrain the muscles, ligaments, and tissues within and around the ankle to prevent future injuries.
If you are dealing with urgent problems or a foot infection, our podiatrist is still providing immediate and emergency care to patients living in and around Gainesville, VA. We are also offering telemedicine visits for patients who are dealing with non-urgent issues. To schedule an appointment, please call Prince William Foot & Ankle Center at (703) 753-3338.
Heel pain can be a nasty problem. Here’s when you should seek medical attention…
If you are struggling with your heel pain or dealing with recurring or persistent pain in the heel or foot it may be time to turn to our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta for diagnosis and treatment. After all, there are many reasons why you may be dealing with heel pain and the root cause could also determine the most effective treatment for you. Don’t let pain keep you from enjoying your favorite activities.
What causes heel pain?
You may notice that your pain shows up gradually over time. This is usually the case with heel pain, as it’s often a result of overuse rather than an injury. The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which causes pain below the heel bone that may also affect the arches of the feet. Other causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spur
- An infection
- Tumor (rare)
When should I see a doctor?
The sooner you seek treatment the sooner your pain will go away; however, most people will choose to treat more minor symptoms on their own just by resting, icing and taking over-the-counter pain relievers; however, you should turn to our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist if your:
- Heel pain doesn’t improve after a week of rest and home care
- Pain continues to get worse
- Pain is accompanied by severe swelling
- Symptoms include tingling, numbness or weakness
- Pain is accompanied by a fever
- Symptoms make it impossible to move or bend the foot, or to put weight on the foot
During your evaluation, your podiatrist will go through your medical history and perform a in-depth physical examination. We will ask you questions about your symptoms. These questions can help us rule out certain conditions. Sometimes imaging tests and further testing is required.
Prince William Foot & Ankle Center provides a full range of foot and ankle services to the Gainesville and South Riding, VA, areas. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care then call our office today at (703) 753-3338 for an evaluation.
Do you still have toenail fungus even though you brush anti-fungal medication on your nails every day? Laser nail treatment may finally help clear your nails. Your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, can help you decide if laser treatment is good option for you.
Laser treatment targets fungus at its source
Over-the-counter topical medications aren't always effective in treating toenail fungus. The medications only penetrate the first few layers of your nail and never reach deeper layers or your nail bed.
If you don't kill the fungus growing underneath the nail on the nail bed, your nails won't get better. During laser treatment, shorts bursts of laser energy heat the pigments that make fungus look yellow. Heat immediately kills the fungus, eliminating the fungal infection. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may need several treatments spaced a few weeks apart.
Laser therapy offers a pain-free treatment method
Your Gainesville foot doctor precisely aims the laser light during your treatments. Laser beams only reach your toenails and don't harm skin or healthy tissues. Thanks to the short bursts used to generate laser energy, your toes never hurt or feel uncomfortably hot during the treatment. You may experience a little tingling, but the sensation isn't unpleasant.
Laser treatment has no side effects and doesn't interfere with your usual activities. You can go back to work immediately after you receive treatment.
Your toenail will still look yellow after you finish your therapy, but that doesn't mean that the treatment didn't work. As your nail grows out, you'll notice that the new growth is clear.
While you wait for your nails to grow, it's important to avoid new infections. Although the fungi in your nails have been killed by the laser light, you can still develop another fungal infection if you share socks, shoes or towels with someone else or walk barefoot in a public locker room or pool area. Taking a few steps to protect your feet will reduce your risk of reinfection.
Clear your toenail fungus with laser nail treatment! Call your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule your appointment.