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Podiatrists treat and see all types of foot, ankle, and even toe problems. They can range from breaks, fungus, and blisters, to diabetic diseases, deformities, and allergies. There is not much they haven’t seen when it comes to the feet, ankles, and toes. Toenails specifically are treated on a regular basis. Your toenails are made out of protein, calcium, potassium and other substances. They grow constantly, even when you are asleep and are very thin (usually less than 1mm). They lack water and contain sulfur which allows them to be hard and sturdy. Although toenails are tough, they are subject to a lot of different disorders.
This is when the nail grows, cuts, or curves itself into the skin of the toes it grows upon. Ingrown toenails can occur due to genetics, poor health habits, or crooked toenail cutting. If the toenail grows into the skin of the foot it can cause infection that needs to be treated right away. A podiatrist such as Jeffrey Kahn, DPM of Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Newington, Glastonbury, Middletown, and Kensington, Connecticut, can help treat ingrown toenails and infections.
Thickening and Discoloration
Are your nails yellowing or becoming less translucent? Are they really thick or deformed? This may be a sign of nail disease and should be treated by a podiatrist. Dr. Krahn will examine your toenails and the rest of the foot. After examining the foot and toes he will determine whether the thickening and discoloration is from age, disease, or fungus. Together you will create a treatment plan to get you back to a happier, healthier foot.
If your nail is green and emits an odor you have fungus. Fungus is an infection of the nail. It can cause a nail to thicken and discolor or become brittle and break down. Fungus is hard to treat but is not incurable. Podiatrist’s often use antifungal medications to kill the fungus and prevent it from returning to the nail. Beware of over the counter medications that promise quick acting healing. They do not always work and are not always appropriate for the type of fungus that is present.
Are your toenails cutting into your toe? Did that pedicure leave your toes green and slick? Think you might have an entirely different problem with your toes? Call 860-563-1200 or make an appointment online today. Dr. Krahn will examine, diagnose and treat your toenail so you can have the toes of your dreams again.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are nearly 18,000 podiatrists currently practicing in the United States. A podiatrist is a specialized doctor who diagnoses and treats illnesses, deformities, and other conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. He or she is uniquely qualified to care for this part of your body.
When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it indicates that he or she is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and has completed years of challenging education and residency. Podiatric medical training is similar to the training of other doctors. Your podiatrist has completed four years of training in a podiatric medical school and followed it with three years of hospital residency. Some podiatrists have subspecialties, just like other doctors do. These can include foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics (children), and diabetic care. Without question, a podiatrist is the most qualified health care professional to care for your feet.
You should schedule an appointment to be seen by a podiatrist if there have been changes in the look or feel of your feet or if you are experiencing sudden or chronic foot and/or ankle pain. It’s also important to visit a podiatrist regularly for routine preventative care. This is critical if you have a chronic health condition such as Peripheral Arterial Disease, which can lead to problematic foot and ankle conditions.
- diabetic foot care
- skin conditions of the feet
- toenail fungus
- foot and ankle injuries
- heel pain/plantar fasciitis
- ingrown toenails
- corns and calluses
Podiatrists can usually perform surgery on the bones, ligaments, tendons and joints of the foot and ankle, depending on their certifications, state license, or credentials at a hospital. They often perform such surgeries as:
- plantar fascia release
- bunion correction
- ankle ligament reconstruction
- hammertoe reconstruction
- tarsal tunnel release
- excision of a neuroma
Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC is Connecticut’s preferred destination for foot and ankle care. Every day, Jeffrey Kahn, DPM and the friendly, professional staff see people just like you. Whether you have a specific concern in need of in need of diagnosis and treatment, or you simply want to maintain the good health of your feet and ankles, we’re here to help. Click here to schedule an appointment in one of our convenient offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington.
A woman named Crystal Hurdle recently shared her experience with toenail fungus. She admits that she put off seeing a doctor regarding her toe, because she thought it wasn’t important. Eventually the pain became bad enough to the point where walking became difficult, so she decided to have her toe lanced. The doctor incorrectly diagnosed her with a staph infection in her toe, and put her on antibiotics. When Crystal didn’t notice any improvement, the doctor figured that she may have a fungus. In order to treat the fungus, the doctor gave Crystal a bottle of potassium permanganate.
While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.
Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.