Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Laser treatment for fungal toenails, also known as onychomycosis, is a modern medical procedure designed to eliminate fungal infections using focused light beams. This method is chosen over traditional treatments like topical antifungals and oral medications because it offers a non-invasive, pain-free alternative with minimal side effects. While topical treatments often require prolonged use and oral medications can have systemic side effects, laser therapy targets the fungus directly, promoting quicker and more effective results. Candidates for laser treatment typically include those who have not responded to other treatments, individuals with contraindications to oral antifungals, or those seeking a faster resolution. During the procedure, a laser beam is directed at the infected nail, penetrating the nail plate to kill the underlying fungus without damaging surrounding tissue. The treatment is usually completed in several sessions. Efficacy rates are promising, with many patients experiencing significant improvement and clearing of the infection. However, outcomes can vary based on the severity of the infection and adherence to follow-up care. If you would like to explore laser treatment for your fungal toenails, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether this treatment is suitable for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Warren Levy, DPM from Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Foot pain is a pervasive ailment affecting people of all ages and lifestyles. It manifests in various forms and can be felt anywhere in the foot, from the toes to the heel. Unfortunately, foot care is frequently neglected, leading to greater discomfort and potential complications. Foot discomfort is particularly pronounced among the elderly and women, which may be due to the aging process and footwear choices. The role of footwear cannot be overstated in the context of foot pain. Wearing ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or footwear with inadequate support can contribute significantly to discomfort and even chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis or bunions. Conversely, proper footwear selection, including supportive insoles or custom orthotics when necessary, can alleviate pressure points and promote overall foot health. If you suffer from persistent foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Warren Levy, DPM from Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Foot swelling, or edema, is characterized by excess fluid accumulation in the feet and ankles, leading to puffiness and discomfort. Various factors can contribute to swelling in the feet, such as pregnancy, where the added weight and pressure from carrying a baby can cause fluid retention in the lower extremities. Injuries like fractures or sprains can also trigger swelling as the body responds to the trauma. Medical conditions, such as heart failure or kidney disease, can disrupt the body's fluid balance, leading to edema. Certain medications, including those for blood pressure and antidepressants, may also induce fluid retention. Extended periods of standing or sitting can cause blood to pool in the feet and ankles, which aggravates swelling. Treatment involves addressing the underlying cause, with options that may include rest and physical therapy for injuries, medication, or lifestyle changes for medical conditions. If you're dealing with persistent foot swelling, seeking guidance from a podiatrist is essential. This foot and ankle doctor can pinpoint the cause and recommend suitable treatment strategies. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Warren Levy, DPM of Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Corns are thickened skin areas that form to protect the skin against friction and pressure, and often occur on the feet. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, may recommend changing to footwear that fits better and doesn't squeeze or rub against the foot. Additionally, they might recommend padding or cushions to protect the corn and reduce pressure when walking. In more persistent cases, a podiatrist may carefully trim the thickened skin using a scalpel, a procedure that should never be attempted at home because of the risk of infection. Custom foot orthotics may also be suggested to correct any foot abnormalities that contribute to corn formation. Along with proper foot hygiene, these treatments can effectively manage and prevent the discomfort associated with corns. If you are struggling with corns on the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for help. 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Warren Levy, DPM of Armitage Podiatry Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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