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By Dr.Diana Emini
May 28, 2015
Category: Laser

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!

By Dr. Michelle Kim
May 06, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

 

 

Summer is almost here in Chicago and that means it’s time to pull out the flip-flops and sandals! Many people are excited about this, but there are some that dread the thought of having to show their feet. If you have fungal nails, summer can be an embarrassing and stressful time. Fungal nail infections are a common foot health problem and can be present for years without causing pain. Left untreated, however, fungal toenails will never get better and will instead worsen over time. The sooner they are treated the better the success. Fortunately, there are several ways that fungal toenails can be treated, but to avoid even getting to the point of needing treatment, there are several precautions that may be taken.  

You can prevent fungal nail infections by taking these simple precautions:

  • Exercise proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Wear shower shoes in public facilities at all times.
  • Clip nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  • Use a quality foot powder (talcum, not cornstarch) in conjunction with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to "wick" away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active lifestyles.
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools and don't apply polish to nails suspected of infection.

If it is too late and you already have fungus on your toenails, there’s no need to worry, several treatment options are available! At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we offer three different options for toenail fungus depending on the infection: topical solutions, oral medication, or laser treatment. It is important to consult your physician before starting any type of treatment so that your nail can be properly evaluated and prescribed the right treatment option. There is a solution for you, s be sure to get your toenails cleared before the start of summer!