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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
September 25, 2019
Category: Foot Treatment
Tags: Fungal Toenails  

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.


By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
September 11, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Corns  

Corns are calluses form around irritated portions of toes as a bodily defense mechanism. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, wartsknows about corns and calluses all too well.
 

More about Corns and Calluses:

Corns and calluses are thickened skin that develop due to skin irritation on toes. They aren't contagious but may become painful if left untreated, according to American Podiatric Medical Association. People with certain foot deformities, such as hammer toes, are more prone to corns and calluses.
 

What are the causes of corns and calluses?

Corns appear when the toe rubs against the interior of a shoe, or because of excessive pressure at the balls of the feet, which is more common among women who wear high heels regularly.
 

Symptoms

Corns and calluses typically have:

  • a rough, dull appearance
  • raised or rounded
  • hard to differentiate from warts
  • cause pain

 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this is how you can treat corns and calluses:

  1. Soak the corn or callus in warm water for about five to 10 minutes or until the skin softens.
  2. Dip a pumice stone in warm water, then use the stone to gently file the corn or callus in a circular or sideways motion to remove dead skin.
  3. Don't take off too much skin while filing the corn because that may cause bleeding and infection.
  4. Apply moisturizing lotion or cream to the area daily containing salicylic acid, ammonium lactate, or urea that gradually soften hard corns and calluses.
  5. Use padding to protect calluses from further irritation by placing a piece of moleskin in your shoe to prevent the corn from rubbing against your shoe.
  6. Wear shoes that properly fit or feet may be slightly swollen.
  7. Keep toenails trimmed to prevent toes from pushing up against your shoe.
  8. There are special over-the-counter as well.
  9. Your Gainesville podiatrist may also surgically remove the corns.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding corns and calluses, be sure to contact your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist today!