From home treatment options to professional care, here’s how to tackle toenail fungal infection.
Toenail fungus is a problem that can lead to crumbling and unsightly nails and even permanent nail damage. Of course, there are many ways in which to treat toenail fungus, from home remedies to turning to our Marietta, GA, podiatrist Dr. Ketan Patel. If you’re wondering what your treatment options are, then you’ve come to the right place.
Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus
From natural alternatives to over-the-counter topical fungal treatments, there is a wide range of ways to treat toenail fungus on your own. It’s important to know whether you should take treatment into your own hands. If you have diabetes, nerve damage in your feet, or a compromised immune system it’s important that you turn to our Marietta, GA, podiatrists for toenail fungus treatment rather than trying to treat the problem on your own.
Some natural toenail fungus treatment options include:
- Making a baking soda and water paste and applying it directly to the foot
- Applying apple cider vinegar to the infected toe or soaking feet for up to 20 minutes in a 2-parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part water bath
- Applying hydrogen peroxide to the infected toes
- Altering your diet so you’re not feeding the fungus (this includes limiting carbs, avoiding sugar and alcohol, and consuming probiotic-rich foods)
There are over-the-counter remedies that you can use to treat fungus on the feet. However, these creams, and ointments won’t typically penetrate the nail, so they aren’t always effective at killing the fungus. If you don’t notice changes or an improvement in your symptoms within a couple of weeks of home treatment, then it’s probably time to see a medical professional.
Professional Toenail Fungus Treatment
There are several strategies that our podiatric team may take to treat your toenail fungus. Some treatment options include:
- Prescription medications that are much stronger than anything you can get over-the-counter. While prescription-strength topical creams may be more effective than commercial fungal creams they should only be used on milder fungal infections.
- Dr. Patel may also prescribe an oral antifungal medication, which will act on the body as a whole to clear the infection. This may be the first course of action or may be recommended if topical medications don’t work.
- Those with severe or persistent fungal infection cases may benefit from laser treatment. Unlike topical medications, lasers can penetrate the infected toenail to kill the fungus underneath. Laser fungal treatment is incredibly effective at killing the fungus, often in just 1-2 sessions.
Here at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia, our Marietta, GA, foot and ankle podiatrist, Dr. Patel, can treat everything from toenail fungus to arthritis. To discuss treatment options including laser fungal treatment, call us today at (770) 952-5300.
If your car had a flat tire, would an air-conditioning specialist fix it? Silly question, isn't it? However, the same idea applies to caring for your podiatric health. There are many benefits to seeing a highly trained foot doctor, such as Dr. Ketan Patel in Marietta, GA. At Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia, he provides preventive care and treatment of a wide range of foot and ankle problems.
They are more complex than you may think. Composed of 26 separate bones and a staggering array of ligaments, tendons and muscles, your feet bear tremendous stresses. As such, a lot can go wrong with them--arthritis, reduced circulation, ingrown toenails, bunions, sore arches and more.
When you should see a foot doctor
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon (ACFAS) urges adults of all ages to see a podiatrist routinely--at least once a year--for a hands-on podiatric examination. This is particularly important for diabetics or others who have conditions that compromise motion, place undue stresses on the feet and ankles or reduce circulation and sensation.
So, be sure to contact Dr. Ketan Patel at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia if you:
- Sprain or break a toe, foot or ankle
- Have persistent athlete's foot or fungal nails
- Develop a bunion, heel spur, or other deformities
- Are diabetic or have a degenerative condition, such as arthritis
- Stand for prolonged periods of time for your job
- Have persistent pain in your feet, ankles or legs
- See a change in the color, temperature or texture of skin on your lower extremities
- Have corns, calluses, or warts (do not attempt at-home surgery)
- Begin a new, and vigorous, exercise routine or sport
- Need a recommendation for shoes or require inserts (orthotics) to protect or correct a wound, gait issue, or deformity
- A serious laceration or infected wound
We can help
At Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia, Dr. Patel performs many procedures, therapies, and other podiatric treatments in his state of the art facility. We have state of the art MRI imaging, endoscopic surgeries and provide physical therapy as needed.
For comprehensive foot and ankle care, contact our Marietta, GA, office for a consultation with this experienced foot doctor. Your feet and ankles are so worth it. Phone us at (770) 952-5300.
Overuse, overweight, overpronation. These three factors and more contribute to a problem your podiatrist, Dr. Ketan Patel, sees at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. It's heel pain. Fortunately, Marietta, GA, patients find relief through his expert diagnostic skill and state of the art treatments. Do you wish to feel better and stay active?
Heel pain is no joke
It can impact your daily routine, family life and athletic pursuits. Harvard Health says that systemic health issues, such as gout, may cause heel pain, but more likely, the problem is local--in the heel bone and surrounding connective tissue.
Typically, heel pain is sharp and stabbing. Redness, swelling and tenderness may accompany it, and in many cases, it's worse in the morning, improves during the day and returns when you're inactive at your desk or watching an evening TV show.
Also, gait problems, such as the twisting action of overpronation, place stress on the plantar fascia on the arch of the foot. An over-stretched Achilles tendon and tight calf muscles cause almost debilitating heel pain, and something as simple as a plantar wart, bone spur, stone bruise or poorly fitting high-heeled shoes can make your heels hurt.
Finally, when you're on your feet a lot for your job or pound your heels with running or volleyball, they'll get very sore. Add the pressure of too much bodyweight and these conditions result:
- Plantar fasciitis, chronic irritation of the connective tissue bridging the arches between the toes and heels
- Achilles tendonitis, swelling and limited range of motion where this large tendon attaches to the heel bone
- Bursitis, inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs which cushion foot and ankle joints
- Heel spur, a small bony growth on the front of the heel bone
Diagnosis and treatment
To understand heel pain causes, your podiatrist will do a complete foot and ankle exam in his Marietta office. He takes X-rays or other kinds of imaging and watches you walk. He'll ask you about your symptoms and what may start or relieve them; so be as specific as you can. Then, Dr. Patel can arrive at an accurate diagnosis and create a care plan specific to your needs.
Conservative treatments often work extremely well, reports Harvard Health. Rest, ice and elevation may relieve swelling and discomfort, along with over the counter analgesics, such as ibuprofen.
Sometimes, just a change of shoes or the addition of customized inserts, or orthotics, reduce pressure on the feet and correct gait problems. Also, Dr. Patel offers in-office Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, or ESWT, in which sound waves reduce inflammation, improve circulation and speed healing.
You can feel better
Heel pain is very common and highly treatable when you consult the helpful team at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. Why not give your podiatrist, Dr. Ketan Patel, a call to arrange a consultation in his Marietta, GA, office? Phone us at (770) 952-5300.
How your podiatrist in Marietta, Georgia can help with bunion pain
Have you ever had a bunion? They show up as a large bony bump on the side of your big toe. They can be very painful, making it difficult to walk around, and painful to even put on shoes.
The good news is, you can do a lot to prevent bunion formation, and your podiatrist can help. Dr. Ketan Patel at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, Georgia offers a wide range of foot care services, including treatment for painful bunions.
There are some genetic conditions that can increase your risk of bunion formation, like bad foot structure or having flat feet; but one of the most common causes of bunions is wearing shoes that are too narrow. That’s why bunions are far more common in women. High heels only add to the problem by pushing the toes forward.
You can prevent bunion formation if you:
- Choose shoes with a wide toe box, with plenty of room for your toes.
- Avoid wearing high heels.
- Wear inserts inside your shoes for added support.
- Visit your podiatrist for custom-fit orthotics to give your feet support
If you do form a small bunion, there are several easy home treatments you can try, including:
- Placing ice on your bunion to reduce swelling and pain
- Taping the bunion and your foot with athletic tape to add support and cushion
- Wearing inserts or bunion pads in your shoes to cushion the bunion
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
If you have a large bunion, causing moderate to severe pain, you should visit your podiatrist for professional treatments. Large bunions often have some bone involvement, so your podiatrist will take x-rays to determine how much bone is involved.
After a thorough foot examination, including x-rays, your podiatrist will determine the best course of treatment to give you relief from bunion pain. Common treatments include:
- Removing corns and calluses
- Night splints to help realign your toe
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear
- Stretching and physical therapy exercises
- Surgical removal, known as a bunionectomy
You don’t have to limit your activities because of bunion pain. Get some relief today by calling Dr. Ketan Patel of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, Georgia at (770) 952-5300. Call now!
Our Marietta, GA, podiatry team can show you how to prevent diabetic foot problems.
People with diabetes are at an increased risk for dealing with foot problems and infections. To prevent serious problems and complications, it’s important that you understand how to best care for your feet. From the office of our Marietta, GA, podiatrist Dr. Ketan Patel, here are three helpful tips for how to properly care for your feet with diabetes.
Examine Your Feet Daily
In order to recognize problems right away this requires you to actually take a look at your feet. Since many people with diabetes also have nerve damage this also means that you may not be able to feel when you have an injury or problem.
That’s why you should inspect your feet daily to look for any cuts, open wounds, sores, redness, swelling, skin changes, ingrown toenails or other problems. Even the most minor issues need to be addressed. If you have trouble checking your feet yourself ask a family member or use a hand mirror.
Wear Shoes and Socks at All Times
Whether you’re spending time outside or just kicking it at home, you still need to sport protective footwear. Again, nerve damage can make it difficult to tell when you’ve cut, wounded or burned your feet. By wearing shoes and socks throughout the day you can minimize injury. Furthermore, the type of shoes you wear matters.
Look for shoes with large toe boxes, that won’t rub against your feet or bunch up toes, and that provide you with ample cushioning and support. Not sure which kind of shoes to get? Our podiatrist would be happy to provide some recommendations the next time you’re at his Marietta, GA, office.
Keep Feet Dry
It’s important that you are washing your feet every day with warm, soapy water. Once feet are cleaned it’s also just as important that you dry them thoroughly. This is particularly important for the areas behind toes, because leaving skin moist can also increase your risk for infection. So, the next time you step out of the tub, make sure to towel dry your feet. You should also remove sweaty or wet shoes and socks immediately.
The best way to protect your feet from problems is to prevent injuries and wounds in the first place. Of course, if you do end up dealing with an injury it’s important that you turn to our podiatrist who specializes in treating diabetic feet. Call Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, GA, at (770) 952-5300.
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