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Posts for: June, 2016

By DM Foot & Ankle
June 22, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: fungus   Pedicure  

FUNGUS - The word itself is scary. Being diagnosed with a toenail fungal infection is even scarier. Did you know many toenail fungal infections are caused by something we voluntarily do? We're talking about pampering your feet with a pedicure. Yes, while you are enjoying the relaxation of a pedicure you could be putting yourself  at risk to becoming a victim of the dreaded toenail fungus. Many people forget to think about the risks you are taking when you go to a salon for a pedicure. Even though the tools they are using may come out of a sterilization bag, how do you know they went through the proper sterilization process? Have you ever thought about how many people have used the same polish applicator brush that comes in the bottle of the polish you picked out to paint your toes with? And those nail files, has it every occurred to you just who's nail dust is all over that file the tech uses to file your nails with? These are all questions many people forget to address when indulging in a pedicure.

So, how can you lower your risk of a fungal infection, but still enjoy the perks of a pampering pedicure? We've got the solution for you! We are now offering your own personal pedicure tool set that you can purchase and bring with you to your next pedicure. Our personal pedicure tool kit includes:

  • Toenail clippers                     
  • Cuticle Nipper
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • DMFA Nail File

      

All tools are surgical stainless steel with the exception of the nail file, which should be replaced after each use. This kit can be purchased at our office for $15.00(+tax). To sweeten this already awesome deal, purchase the kit now through the end of August 2016 and we will throw in a free mini OPI nail polish of your choice for you to bring with you to your next pedicure. Come see us today at DM Foot and Ankle Associates and pick up your own personal pedicure tool set!


June 09, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Summer is almost in full swing here in Chicago. This means it is time to pull out your open toed shoes and let your feet and toes breathe the sweet, summer air! Some people are able to let their feet loose without any thought, others dread this time of year for that very reason. If you suffer from a fungal toenail infection, the warm weather could be a stressful and embarrassing thought for you. Fungal nail infections are a common foot health problem that could be present for years without causing pain. The sooner your fungal toenails are addressed and treated the better the success when trying to get rid of them. Fortunately there are several tips you can keep in mind to avoid becoming a victim of toenail fungus.

Prevent toenail fungus by following these simple precautions:

  1. Exercise proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
  2. Keep your feet clean and dry.
  3. Avoid going barefoot in public facilities.
  4. Clip your toenails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  5. Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) in conjunction with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  6. Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to "wick" away moisture faster than cotton, especially for those with more active lifestyles.
  7. Disinfect home pedicure tools and do not apply polish to nails suspected of infection.
  8. Bring your own personal pedicure tool kit with you when going to get a pedicure at a salon. Kits as such can be purchased at our office for only $15.00, which is a small price to pay to avoid a fungal nail infection!

If you are already a victim of toenail fungus, there is no need to worry! There are several treatment options available for you to see clear toenails on your feet again. At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we offer three different options for treating toenail fungus depending on your personal infection: topical solutions, oral medication or laser treatment. It is important you consult with your physician before initiating any type of treatment to ensure your nails are being properly evaluated and diagnosed. There is a solution for you, be sure to come see us at DM Foot & Ankle to find out which is best!

Summer is almost in full swing here in Chicago. This means it is time to pull out your open toed shoes and let your feet and toes breathe the sweet, summer air! Some people are able to let their feet loose without any thought, others dread this time of year for that very reason. If you suffer from a fungal toenail infection, the warm weather could be a stressful and embarrassing thought for you. Fungal nail infections are a common foot health problem that could be present for years without causing pain. The sooner your fungal toenails are addressed and treated the better the success when trying to get rid of them. Fortunately there are several tips you can keep in mind to avoid becoming a victim of toenail fungus.