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By Dr. Michelle Kim
May 10, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

Have unsightly toenails? We've got the perfect solution for you! As seen on The Rachael Ray Show, we offer the Keryflex Nail Restoration system in our office. This is a safe application that gives the appearance of a healthy nail while safely disguising the diseased or damaged nail.

 

 

 

How Does it Work?

Keryflex is an application to the toenail in which a resin based material is applied to the nail and hardened with a special light which bonds the material to the nail to restore or improve the appearance of the nail. Your physician will then smooth and shape the nail to appear natural.

What to Expect

You will first be evaluated by one of our podiatrists to determine that Keryflex is the right option for you. Once you are a confirmed candidate, the damaged nail will be trimmed and filed down in order to prepare the nail for the Keryflex application. Once the nail is prepared, the restoration process begins. A bonding agent will be applied and the application of the resin will follow. The bonding/resin agents are then cured and hardened with the use of a ultraviolet light. The nail is then molded, shaped and filed until smooth. Finally, a sealant will be applied and cured with the light one final time. The amount of time this procedure take will vary depending on the severity of the nail damage and how many nails are being done.

 

Why Keryflex?

· Delivers immediate and significant cosmetic enhancement after one visit

· Looks and feels natural

· Nails will bend with the natural movement of your toes and feet

· Keryflex will not irritate or cause further damage to the underlying nail or skin

· Allows your underlying nail to grow out naturally

· It is non-porous and will not allow moisture to penetrate between the natural and prosthetic nail

 

 

 

 

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!

 

BY: Michelle Kim

This Fourth of July weekend is bound to be full of fun times for people across Lemont with activities such as barbecues, out-of-town travel and trips to beaches or pools.

And while summer weekends are when people tend to go barefoot while they’re having fun outdoors, keep in mind that doing so has potential to lead to fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.

As podiatrists at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Michelle Kim and I have treated countless patients for fungal infections in the feet or toenails. Unfortunately, conditions such as athletes foot are often spread in places where people go barefoot, such as public showers or swimming pools.

The condition ranges from mild scaling and itching to painful inflammation and blisters. It often starts between the toes or on the arch of the foot and may spread to the bottom and sides of the foot.


Depending on the type of infection you have, there are different kinds of medication that may be used in treating athlete’s foot.

One of the main goals of treatment is making the infected area a place where it’s hard for athlete's foot fungus to grow. In short, that means keeping the feet clean and dry.

Certain shoe materials, such as vinyl, allow feet to stay moist – the perfect breeding ground for fungus. In addition, you should wear dri-fit socks that wick moisture from the feet.

Meanwhile, if your condition is mild, over-the-counter and prescription powders, lotions, or ointments can often help treat scaling, itching and inflammation. However, please consult our office before taking any medications.

Also, foot soaks may help dry excessive perspiration, but you should contact our office first. If your athlete's foot doesn’t improve, we may prescribe stronger medication.

Don’t forget that the fungal infection can spread to the toenails, and if that happens, they must also be treated. This can come in the form of creams or pills, and in our office, we also offer laser treatment for fungal nails – which comes with a high success rate.

Even after treatment, those with fungal infections are also prone to re-infection. You can avoid this by keeping your feet clean and dry, avoiding moist environments, wearing socks in airport security lines, removing shoes and avoiding going barefoot in public places such as pools and gyms.

We hope you have a safe, fun holiday weekend, but should you need our services for a fungal infection or any other issue, call our office right away.

By Diana Emini

 

Let's face it, the weather has been near-Arctic (remember those single-digit temps during the recent Bears-Cowboys game at Soldier Field?) And you're probably not going to hit North Avenue Beach anytime soon. But even when you are swaddled in Uggs and slippers, you still need to take measures to avoid toenail fungus.

Even during the cold months, fungi can invade your skin.

Here are a few daily habits that can go a long way in preventing fungus and other infections on the feet:

  • Carefully wash and dry your feet every day, and dry them completely after a bath or shower. Be sure to pay careful attention to the area between the toes. Foot powders, deodorants and soaks can reduce moisture and balance the pH of your skin.

  • Change socks daily. Try socks with Dri-Max fiber to wick away sweat or antimicrobial socks with silver and copper.

  • Switch shoes so you don't wear the same pair every day. Try shoes made of breathable materials such as leather or canvas. Disinfect your shoes each day with sprays or UV lighting.

  • Beware of bare feet. Wear flip-flops in public places such as pools or locker rooms – never go barefoot. And don't forget to disinfect these shoes as well.

  • Polishes and pedicures: Nails need to breathe, so keeping them constantly polished means a fungal infection could flourish. We suggest keeping nails bare or using anti-fungal polish (our nail tech uses this in the mani-pedis offered at our office. Our nail treatments are designed to avoid the spread of fungus or infections!) When getting pedicures, whirpool tubs should cleaned with medical-grade disinfectant and instruments should be properly sterilized (we follow these guidelines with our pedicures as well.)

Remember, a fungal toenail can take up to a year to grow out after treatment. At DM Foot and Ankle, Dr. Michelle Kim and I help many patients with fungal nails – we offer a top-of-the-line laser with a success rate of 85 percent, a figure that's much higher than that of topical or oral treatments.

If you suspect you have a fungal nail, don't keep hiding your feet. Call our office and we will be happy to start you on a path to having fungus-free feet.

 

By Diana Emini