The Answers You Need to Settle Your Foot Care Questions
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right answers to your questions. Other times it can be too embarrassing to even ask the right questions. That is why we take the initiative to answer common foot care queries without the need to be asked. Come get the answers you and your feet need.
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How long does laser treatments for Fungal Nails take?
The total treatment time, including the thinning and debriding of the nails takes about 30 minutes.
Does laser treatments on Fungal Nails hurt?
As the light passes through the nail it is increasing the temperature of the nail bed. Some people feel a warm or hot sensation during this time. The laser has a refigerated air tube that you control and are able to direct towards the nail if it becomes uncomfortable.
How many laser treatments will I need for Fungal Nails?
One treatment is usually all that it takes to kill the fungus in most people. Occasionally, another treatment will be required for more severe cases 6 –12 months after the initial treatment.
How does the laser work on Fungal Nails?
The fungus that lives under the toenail is treated with a laser light. The light passes through the toenail, killing the fungus underneath without causing damage to the nail or the skin around it. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear, but as it grows out, the new nail will grow out as normal. It takes the average nail anywhere from 6 months to 1 year to fully grow out. The laser has no known side effects unlike other oral anti-fungal medications. It also has a higher success rate than oral medications.
What treatments are available for nail fungus?
Your choices for fungal nail treatments used to be medicated creams or polishes that didn’t work because they couldn’t get under the nail where the fungi lived, or oral medications that worked better but required testing to make sure they weren’t damaging your liver. Not great options, so it’s no wonder we are all excited about the advances in laser therapy for nail fungus.
Treatment is simple—we just move a device over the toes that directs concentrated light beams to pinpoint the fungus under the nail and destroy it. It is quick (under a half hour), painless (we give you a way to cool any excessive warmth you may feel), and has no known side effects.
Laser treatment is also effective. We keep abreast of the latest technology available and provide the best for our patients. About 8 out of 10 patients get good results, without the risks of oral medication (which is effective about 60% of the time). Less risk, better results. Isn’t it time for you to schedule your free initial consultation and explore this new treatment? You can reach Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston at (281) 497-2850.
I think I have nail fungus. How can I be sure?
Typically, nail fungus causes thick, yellowed, painful toe nails. However, there are several different strains of fungus which all look different. Additionally, there are other medical conditions that may appear to be nail fungus, but are totally different, such as Psoriasis.
The only way to be sure to that what you have is in fact Nail Fungus (or Onychomycosis) is to see a trained podiatrist who will examine your nails thoroughly.
Why does nail fungus come back?
Depending on how you treat your infection, it is unfortunately common to find nail fungus returning. You may not have completely eradicated the microscopic fungi, and the remaining invaders re-infect the nail. The condition is also highly contagious, so it is possible for it to spread to your skin, shoes, and other nails as well, and your toes continue to be re-exposed to the culprit. To completely eliminate the problem, you need to destroy the fungus at the source and treat the areas it spreads to as well.
The Laser Nail Center of Houston, part of our practice at Parker Foot & Ankle, can help you eradicate the fungus fast with laser therapy, as well as give you tools to disinfect your shoes and home surfaces. Contact our office in Houston for an appointment or more information. Fill out the online contact form or call (281) 497-2850 to reach us.
Why is my heel pain so bad right after I get out of bed?
Heel pain is usually at its worst first thing in the morning because of how plantar fasciitis affects your feet. When your plantar fascia band is irritated and swollen, it tightens and pulls on the bottom of your heel bone. Standing and walking throughout the day helps stretch this out. When you spend a significant amount of time sitting or lying down, however—like you do when you sleep at night—the plantar fascia swells and tightens up again. As long as you’re off your feet, this isn’t a noticeable problem.
When you stand up for the first time in the morning, the force of your bodyweight on your feet very suddenly stretches out your plantar fascia band, often creating micro-tears in the tissue. This causes the intense, sharp pain in your heel that you feel. As you walk around and the band loosens, the pain usually decreases. The condition tends to get worse unless it’s treated, though. Let Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, help you manage your heel pain. Use our website or call (281) 497-2850 to reach us.
Why does Achilles Tendinitis Cause Heel Pain?
Sometimes, Achilles tendinitis and heel pain are integrally related. Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscle to your foot by attaching to the back of the heel. When you develop tendonitis there, the tissue swells and tightens, pulling on your heel bone. This causes that pain. The tighter your Achilles is, the more your foot will ache. Much like other causes of heel discomfort, your foot will hurt the most after exercising or after an extended period of inactivity, such as when you first wake up in the morning.
These two problems are overuse injuries, so they do not get better on their own. You will need to invest in treatment to restore you lower limbs to full health and strength. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle here in Houston for more information or to make an appointment to take care of your feet and ankles. You can reach us with your requests by filling out the form on our website or by calling (281) 497-2850.
What are the Main Causes of Heel Pain in Adults?
The main causes of heel pain include plantar fasciitis—the most common. However, Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures in the heel bone, Haglund’s deformity, arthritis, bursitis, and tendon ruptures are other frequent culprits. Sometimes general wear and tear on the heel padding is enough to cause the discomfort. Slightly less common are tarsal tunnel syndrome and bone tumors. Typically the pain worsens the longer the underlying condition goes untreated. Determining the exact source of your discomfort will be the key to alleviating your pain.
If you’re struggling with heel pain, whether it’s under your heel or at the back of it, don’t wait until you can barely walk around to seek help. The sooner your condition is addressed, the easier it will be for you to recover. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for more information or an appointment—by calling (281) 497-2850 or by using our website contact page to reach us.