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Posts for: May, 2016

May 18, 2016
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Memorial Day is approaching and that mean many people in Lemont are making summer vacation plans.

Whether your travel plans call for a family trip to Six Flags Great America, North Avenue beach in Chicago or somewhere out-of-state, on thing you shouldn’t have to worry about this sandal season is being embarrassed by ugly, thick or discolored toenails.  

Show off your feet this summer by taking advantage of treatment for fungal nails in our office with our FDA-approved laser.

Few podiatrists in the area offer laser treatment for fungal nails, and Dr. Michelle Kim and I are proud to say that patients we’ve treated with the laser at DM Foot and Ankle have had great results!

Our laser treatment for fungal nails has several benefits. Among them:  

  • Treatment is non-invasive    
  • ·       There’s no downtime or side effects – you can drive home from your treatment and exercise, shower, polish your nails or go anywhere your feet would normally take you. 
  • ·      The procedure is quick – you can come in during your lunch break and be on your way. 
  • ·       It’s effective – Our success rate for treating toenail fungus with the laser is upwards of 85 percent! 
  • ·       Last but not least, the laser “cooks” the fungus, zapping it at its source.  New toenails should grow in clear!  

While there are other options for treating toenail fungus, we’ve seen that laser treatment is by far the most effective – and the most hassle-free. 

While there are creams and ointments for toenail fungus, the problem is that they must be applied twice per day for about a year. 

Meanwhile, oral medications – Lamisil is one that’s commonly recommended – require patients to undergo blood testing both before and after treatment.

Because these drugs interfere with liver and kidney functions, they aren’t recommended for patients who are taking other medications that clear through these same organs. 

In addition, oral and topical treatments don’t have success rates as high as the laser’s. Medications such as Lamisil are shown to only be about 55 percent effective at clearing up fungus, while creams and ointments have an even lower success rate. 

The effectiveness is just one reason we are so excited about this treatment.  Our laser has the most accurate pulse on the market. It can also zap stubborn warts that are not responding to other treatment. 

If you have toenail fungus, ask us about laser treatment and we can help get your feet ready for you travels! Summer in Chicago is short, show off your feet while you can without worry.


May 13, 2016
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There is a common misconception that athlete’s foot only affects athletes, after all, that’s what its name infers, right?

Wrong. Athlete’s foot can affect anyone who doesn’t keep their feet protected. At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Emini and I treat many people who aren’t aware of the many ways that they can contract athlete’s foot and how important it is to protect your feet in public places. With this cold winter weather, the type of socks and shoes that we are forced to wear often times create the perfect environment for fungus to thrive.

So how do you get it?

Well for starters, athlete’s foot is contagious and is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools. It grows in warm, wet places such as in between the toes. This is why it’s important to wear flip flops in places like the gym showers, public pools, saunas, locker rooms and all other common public spaces.

How do I know if I have it?

The condition ranges from mild scaling and itching to painful inflammation and blisters. It usually starts between the toes or on the arch and may spread to the bottom and sides of the foot. If untreated, skin blisters and cracks caused by athlete's foot can cause bacterial infections.

What should I do if I have Athlete’s Foot?

The treatment of athlete's foot depends on the type and extent of the fungal infection, so it is important to consult a doctor before choosing a therapy. Depending on the type of infection you have, various kinds of medication may be used in treating your fungal problem. Successful treatment usually involves a combination of medication and self-care. If your condition is mild, over-the-counter powders, lotions, or ointments can often help treat the condition. Foot soaks may help dry excessive perspiration. However, over-the-counter medications are generally weak and a prescription strength antifungal is more effective in moderate to serious conditions.

If you or someone you know thinks that they have contracted Athlete’s Foot, make sure to seek professional care before you spread it to someone else! At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Emini and I can assess your condition and get your skin healthy again. The same fungus can spread into the toenails, so be sure to get checked before this difficult to cure condition happens!

 


May 04, 2016
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With summer around the corner, everybody wants their feet to be in tip top shape! Unfortunately, foot fungus can be unsightly and a pain to deal with. If you have thick, yellowish-brown, chipped, or foul smelling toenails-then you may have foot fungus. It affects about 30 million Americans and can have serious consequences, especially for the elderly, diabetics, and individuals with immune deficiencies. The good thing is there is a quick and painless treatment available! While oral and topical treatments have a low clearance rate, laser is proven to be the least invasive and most effective treatment option with a high clearance rate! Here are some common questions about our laser:

FAQ’S

Q:  Who performs the procedure?

        A: Either Dr.Emini or Dr.Kim will personally perform your laser treatment, provide recommendations post-treatment, and monitor your long term progress.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

         A: The procedure can be performed in our office in as little as 15 minutes.

Q: Does it hurt?

        A:  There is minimal pain associated with the gentle laser light during or after your treatment. The laser does not harm healthy tissue or affect your activity in any way. No anesthesia and no injections are required.

Q:  Is there a recovery period?

        A: No, the treatment does not harm you in any way. You will be able to put on your shoes and walk out of the office just as well as you walked in.

Q: What does the procedure cost?

        A: Each patient is dealt with on an individual basis depending on the severity of your condition. Call our office to get an assessment today!

Fungal Toenails are not something to wait on. Fungus is contagious and can easily spread to other nails, causing further damage. If you think that you have fungal toenails then it is important to get them treated immediately and have clear, healthy nails in no time!