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Find out when it’s time to turn to a podiatrist to treat your toenail fungus.
Are you dealing with a toenail that is yellow, brittle, or looks thicker than the rest of your toenails? If so, you may be dealing with a toenail fungus. While a toenail fungus may not seem serious, it’s still important to treat the problem so that it doesn’t continue to spread or cause permanent damage to the toenail. From the office of our Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas, find out how to treat a toenail fungal infection.
Treating a Toenail Fungus
Most of the time, someone with a fungal infection will try to treat the problem on their own. This often means heading to the local drugstore to pick up a topical anti-fungal treatment, which is applied to the nail. Of course, it’s important to understand that this can take a rather long time to work.
Topical treatments also cannot penetrate through the nail, which means that it may not be able to fully target and eliminate the infection lying underneath. Furthermore, it can take up to one year for the nail to grow out clear again, so patience is key when it comes to this treatment option.
Turning to a Podiatrist
If you want to tackle this issue right away, it might be time to turn to our Wesley Chapel foot doctor. Those with diabetes should always seek treatment right away if they suspect that they are dealing with a fungal infection or are experiencing any changes in their feet.
The first line of defense is usually an oral treatment that can work throughout the body to eliminate the infection. It can take up to three months for the medication to work and, as with any medication, it can cause side effects. Not everyone is right for oral anti-fungal treatment so it’s important to be upfront about your medical history so we can make sure this is the safest option for you.
Another method we use to effectively eliminate recurring, persistent, or severe fungal nail infections is laser therapy. A PinPointe™ FootLaser™ is directed over the infected nail to safely penetrate through the fungus to heat up and destroy the infection.
This laser treatment is non-invasive, painless, and usually takes no longer than 30 minutes. One session is often all that’s needed, and it can be a great alternative for patients who cannot or do not want to turn to oral medication to treat their fungal infection.
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If you are dealing with a persistent or recurring toenail fungal infection that you can’t seem to treat on your own, then it’s time to turn to our foot specialists at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Wesley Chapel, FL. Call (813) 909-0865 today!
Are you experiencing symptoms of an ankle sprain?
You were out on the field. You caught the football and were about to score when out of nowhere someone tackles you to the ground. Perhaps your foot went one way but your ankle went another and you found yourself dealing with sudden ankle pain. Perhaps you even had trouble putting weight on the injured ankle. If so, you might be dealing with a sprained ankle. From the office of our Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas, find out how a sprained ankle is treated.
First and foremost is it important that you seek proper medical attention. While it might be a minor sprain or just a strain it could also be something worse than a sprained ankle, in which case certain measures will need to be taken right away.
If a sprained ankle isn’t treated this can lead to more sprains in the future and chronic ankle instability. To prevent this, it’s important that our Wesley Chapel foot doctor evaluates your ankle as soon as possible.
How to Care for a Sprained Ankle
The most important thing you can do is rest and to stay off the ankle as much as possible. By resting the foot you are allowing it time to heal properly without exacerbating it. If you have a minor sprain you may be able to manage your symptoms with the simple RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation.
If the sprain is serious enough, we may recommend wearing a boot or using crutches to take some weight off the injured ankle. Sometimes a brace can reduce swelling and improve stability while the sprain heals.
If you are noticing swelling or discomfort there are several ways to tackle the problem. You can choose to take an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, which can temporarily alleviate your symptoms when they flare-up. You should also ice the injury 2-3 times a day for up to 15 minutes at a time (do not apply ice for longer than 20 minutes). Wearing compression socks can also reduce swelling and provide support to the ankle.
With the proper care, you should notice a reduction in swelling within a few days. In some cases, our podiatrists may recommend physical therapy or rehab to retrain and strengthen the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the ankle. We will also give you a time frame in which you can begin to incorporate your daily athletic routine back into your schedule.
Are you or a loved one experiencing symptoms of a sprained ankle? If so, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with one of our foot and ankle specialists in Wesley Chapel, FL. Call Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center today.
Has your heel pain lingered even though you've stayed off your feet and taken pain relievers? When home care doesn't help your symptoms, your foot doctor can offer effective treatment options. Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas provide the care you need to get back on your feet.
Why do my heels hurt?
Hurt pain occurs due to a variety of issues. If you've ever stepped on a rock or small toy, you've probably experienced a stone bruise, an injury that affects the fat pad over your heel bone. You may also develop a stone bruise if you run or exercise in shoes that don't offer enough support or cushioning. Although heel pain due to stone bruises usually subsides without treatment in a week or two, symptoms of other conditions can last much longer. Common causes of lingering heel pain include:
- Plantar Fasciitis: If you run your hand along the bottom of your foot, you'll feel a thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia. The fascia, which connects your toes to your heels, can become inflamed and cause pain in the heel. If you have plantar fasciitis, pain may be worse first thing in the morning and may lessen as you become more active. Walking after long periods of sitting can cause it to flare up again. Runners and people who spend long periods on their feet are more likely to develop the condition, although obesity, arch issues, and foot imbalances are other risk factors. You may be able to manage mild pain at home, but it's a good idea to visit your Wesley Chapel foot doctor if the pain is severe or interferes with your normal activities.
- Heel Fissures: Deep cracks that form in the skin of your heel can be very painful. Moisturizing the skin can help heel shallow fissures, but you may need podiatric care if the fissures are deep, extremely painful, or infected.
- Achilles Tendinitis: Heel pain may also occur due to inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendinitis is a common overuse injury that's particularly common in people over 40. It may be more likely to occur if you have flat feet, don't replace worn-out shoes promptly, have high blood pressure or take certain antibiotics.
Your podiatrist offers a variety of treatments that offer real relief for heal pain. It's particularly important to make an appointment if you have ongoing or severe pain, as ignoring the pain may lead to arthritis or chronic pain in some cases.
Ease your heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Call Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas at (813) 909-0865 to schedule your appointment.
Due to its location, an ankle problem like arthritis can quickly affect your quality of life, causing difficulty performing simple tasks like walking or standing. Unfortunately, many severe ankle issues require surgery to correct the joint. In some cases, a total ankle replacement, known medically as total ankle arthroplasty, becomes necessary. Find out more about total ankle replacement and how it can help you and your condition with Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Land O’ Lakes, FL.
What is a total ankle replacement?
Total ankle replacement surgery treats severe arthritis in the ankle joint. The surgery restores functionality and range of motion to the ankle joint and relieves pain associated with the condition. Your foot and ankle doctor is the best source of information you have on total ankle replacement and whether it is right for you and your situation.
Do I need a total ankle replacement?
Your doctor may recommend a total ankle replacement if you have pain which affects your daily life and tasks. If your ankle pain is not changed by over-the-counter medications or bracing efforts, you may be a candidate for a total ankle replacement.
What can I expect after a total ankle replacement?
While your surgery only takes about two and a half hours, your recovery is crucial to the health of your ankle in the future. You will recover in the hospital for two to three days and be allowed to go home once you can confidently walk on crutches. You will need to rest and stay off the ankle for about six weeks in order to allow it to heal correctly. Following your doctor’s aftercare and recovery instruction exactly is key to your ankle healing successfully.
Total Ankle Replacement in Land O’ Lakes, FL
If you think you need a total ankle replacement your podiatrist can help you determine if this procedure is the best course of treatment for you. For more information on total ankle replacements or how one can help you get back on your feet, please contact Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Land O’ Lakes, FL. Call 813-909-0865 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!
Do you keep your feet hidden from view because you feel embarrassed by your yellow toenails? Treating toenail fungus can be challenging. Even if you faithfully apply over-the-counter products, you may see no change in your nails despite months of treatment. Our Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists, Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas, discuss toenail fungus and explain what can be done to treat it.
What caused my toenails to turn yellow?
Your toenail turns an unsightly shade of yellow when it's infected by dermatophytes, fungi that consume keratin, a protein found in nails. It's very easy to catch the fungus. In fact, you can pick it up if you walk barefoot in public locker rooms or pool areas or share socks, shoes, towels or sheets with someone has toenail fungus.
Several factors may increase your risk of developing an infection, including:
- Your Age: As you grow older, it's not unusual for small cracks to form in your nails. Even the smallest crack or break in your nail can provide the perfect opportunity for fungi to enter your nail.
- Sweaty Feet: Fungi thrive in the moist, dark environments. If your feet perspire heavily when you wear socks or shoes, your risk of toenail fungus may rise.
- A Nail Injury: Did your fungal infection develop after you dropped something on your foot? Injuries to your nails also raise your risk.
- Diseases and Conditions: Toenail fungus is more common in people who have immune system disorders, diabetes and circulation problems.
How can my foot doctor help?
Podiatrists offer effective treatments that can finally clear your nails. When you visit our Wesley Chapel office, we may recommend one or more of these options:
- Medicated Creams and Polishes: These topical medications are stronger than drugstore products and penetrate the deeper layers of your nail to kill fungus.
- Oral Anti-Fungal Medications: Oral medications usually resolve fungal infections in six to 12 weeks. Although the medication is very effective, it's not recommended if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.
- Nail Removal: If the fungus doesn't respond to treatment, we may suggest removing your nail. Nail removal allows easy treatment of the fungi on your nail bed.
- Laser Treatment: Laser treatment, the newest toenail fungus treatment method, destroys fungus by heating the yellow pigment with short laser bursts.
Improve the condition of your nails with toenail fungus treatment. Call our Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists, Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas, at (813) 909-0865 to schedule your appointment.