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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
December 06, 2017
Category: Foot Fungus

Toenail fungus can be an unsightly and a potentially serious condition if left untreated. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Moreover, please review our Patient Education section to learn more about this condition if you should have any further concerns after reviewing the information below.

Fungal Toenails are a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. This condition can start as athlete’s foot and eventually make it under the nail where it develops and causes changes to the nail. These changes can be seen as the nail turns yellow, thickens and becomes deformed. Fungus tends to thrive in warm and damp areas and can attack the toenails by way of small cuts nearby the nail.

This condition may not be painful at first; however, can cause complications if left untreated and allowed to spread, which eventually causes significant pain. If the infection becomes painful, it may become hard to wear shoes due to the deformity it may cause. Factors that can increase the chances of having this condition include:

  • Diabetes which can damage the toenail and thereby cause an increased risk of infection
  • Increased age
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Walking barefoot in public pools or locker rooms

Preventative measures include:

  • Using proper footwear with wide toe boxes (not older shoes that can contain fungal spores), socks allowing the foot to stay cool.
  • Refraining from using the same nail clippers for nails that have become infected with healthy ones.
  • Use of antifungal pills or nail polish.

Treatment may include surgical methods via removing the infected nail which allows for the fungal infection to be healed and avoids the distorted nail from returning. So, please contact us so that we can help with your toenail fungus today!

 

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
November 02, 2017
Category: Foot Fungus
Tags: Tinea Pedis   Athlete's foot  

Fungus infections of the feet can be a real nuisance. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot with precise treatment. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol ((860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Don’t forget to review our Patient Education section for additional information about this condition and other preventive tips to make sure your foot and ankle health remains top notch.

 

Athlete's Foot or “tinea pedis” as it’s medically referred to, is a foot infection caused by fungi growing on the skin of the feet that can spread to other parts of the body. This infection commonly occurs between toes and thrives in warm and damp areas, such as in closed shoes. Other factors include keeping feet wet or in sweat for extended amounts of time or direct contact with public pools and locker rooms. This infection is easily spread and signs you have it include skin of the feet that’s broken, itchy, crusty, burning, peeling between toes or if the infection resides on the foot’s side and nails that are brittle or discolored. 

 

To diagnose this condition, a skin biopsy can be executed to determine the specific type of fungus and confirm if it’s the type that causes athlete’s foot. If the test turns out to be positive, treatments include antifungal powders, keeping feet dry, washing feet daily, wearing socks that allow feet to breathe such as cotton socks, changing socks daily and wearing open toe shoes such as sandals. When this condition does not get better within a month and feet are swollen, or a fever is present, prescription medications may be necessary such as antibiotics due to a potential bacterial infection. Moreover, this condition can get worse over time without proper treatment since it can spread easily and cause other complications without even noticing it. Therefore, please contact us right away to get proper treatment now, so that your feet aren’t in pain later.

 

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 27, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

 

Athlete’s foot is commonly referred to by this name because it’s common in athlete’s. It’s contagious and is actually a fungal infection. It occurs on the skin of the feet and can increase its coverage to the toenails. It can be contracted by direct contact with someone who has the fungus associated with this condition or by touching compromised surfaces. As in other conditions, the fungus that causes this tends to flourish in warm and moist areas. It’s found in gym locker rooms or swimming pools. After someone has this condition, they are more likely to get it again. Contact our office for an appointment to find out if you have it and if you are inadvertently spreading it to anyone else. Athlete's foot famously makes your feet itch and burn, especially between the toes. Your feet could experience cracking skin also. Most types of athlete’s foot can be treated on your own with store bought lotions. However, for severe cases of this condition, you may need a prescription for medicine that will work in a much stronger manner when rubbed onto the skin of your foot. Our doctors, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat your feet at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.

 

It is imperative that you try to keep your feet clean and dry because the fungi that cause this condition do well in wet and warm places. To make sure you don’t ever get athlete’s foot after its initial occurrence, you can wear sandals in gym locker rooms or swimming pools, and also use a form of medicated powder to keep your feet dry. Wearing wide fitting shoes or open toe sandals made of special fabric that allows for moisture to escape will allow for your feet to withstand the chances of getting this condition because if there is fungus on your feet, it won’t thrive in your shoes.