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 can I avoid toenail fungus?

    The best ways to avoid toenail fungus are to keep your feet clean, make your nails hostile to fungus, and avoid skin or nail contamination. Wash your feet every day with soap and water. Pat them completely dry, especially around your nails and between your toes. Wear clean socks every day. The best hosiery wicks moisture away from your skin. Try to wear different pairs of shoes each day, so every pair has a chance to dry from your foot sweat between uses. Pretreat your feet and footwear with anti-fungal sprays or powders, too.

    You can avoid contact with the fungus as much as possible in a number of ways. Never walk barefoot on potentially contaminated surfaces, like locker room floors, community showers, and pool decks. Instead, wear shower shoes or sandals. Don’t share footwear or towels with other people, either. If they have an infection, they could pass it to you that way.

    Finally, if you think you’ve gotten fungal nails at all, seek help right away. Our team at Parker Foot & Ankle offers state-of-the-art Fotona laser treatment to help you beat fungus painlessly and effectively, with no side effects. Call (281) 497-2850 to reach our Houston office, or use our website.

  • How can I prevent athlete’s foot?

    Some simple preventative care can go a long way in avoiding athlete’s foot. Wash your feet every day with soap and water. Dry them completely, especially between the toes. Wear fresh, moisture-wicking socks made from materials that allow your feet to breathe. If you perspire heavily, change your socks after being active to get the moisture off your skin. Use shoes made from natural or breathable materials so air can circulate around your lower appendages, and try not to wear the same pair two days in a row.

    Use antiperspirant products on your feet if they sweat heavily to help reduce the moisture. Avoid walking barefoot in areas that have a high risk of being contaminated by the fungus that causes athlete’s foot, like locker rooms, pool decks, or community showers. You might want to pre-treat your feet with anti-fungal sprays or powders daily, too.

    If you’re concerned you may have athlete’s foot, let Dr. Robert Parker check. Contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston for an appointment. Just call (281) 497-2850 to reach us.

  • When can I have laser treatments for Fungal Nails done?

    We are happy to do the treatment today while you are here so that you do not have to make another trip to the office. You may also schedule your appointment with our patient care coordinator for when your schedule allows.

  • What are the first signs of toenail fungus?

    The first signs of toenail fungus are usually color and texture changes in the hard nail tissue. The affected toenail becomes dull and loses its healthy shine. It may appear to turn yellow or gray, though sometimes it can get darker as debris builds up underneath the nail. It becomes thickened, brittle, and distorted. As the problem progresses, the ends may become ragged and crumbly as well.

    Many people mistake the beginnings of fungal toenails for a simple cosmetic issue and try to cover up the changes. Some hide their feet behind thick socks and shoes or use nail polish to disguise the color. Unfortunately, these strategies can exacerbate the conditions that caused the infection and make the problem worse. If you are a diabetic, it can be very serious with respect to the consequences of nail fungus causing an infection. The facts are that that of the approximately 90,000 amputations in diabetics, 11,500 are from complications of fungus nails. If you notice any sort of odd changes in your toenails, don’t wait to have them checked—contact Parker Foot & Ankle here in Houston TX for an appointment. Call (281) 497-2850 or use our website contact form to reach us.

  • Is laser treatments for Fungal Nails FDA approved?

    The FDA has cleared the laser for podiatric and dermatological use. It is considered a cosmetic procedure.

  • How Much Are Fungal Nail Laser Treatments?

    There is no charge for the consultation with the physician. We will build a comprehensive treatment plan with you so that you may get the maximum results possible. The fee varies depending on the severity of you case and how many nails are involved. Call to schedule your complimentary consultation today. 

  • How long have you been doing laser treatments?

    Dr. Parker brought the first laser of this kind to Houston in 2008. he has had a success rate of 70-85%. He has also continued to update the laser technology as newer and more effective lasers become available.

  • Does my insurance cover Fungal Nail laser treatments?

    At this time, this procedure is not included in any health insurance plan. It is considered cosmetic. You may use your flex card to pay for the procedure, but your flex account may deny the charge and ask for repayment from you.

  • Will toenail fungus come back?

    After your procedure you will be given written instructions to follow to prevent the fungus from returning. If you follow these procedures, you have a great chance of remaining clear. We do have a Maintance Program available once you have completed your treatment to ensure that you nails stay clear. 

  • How can I prevent from being re-infected with Fungal Nails?

    There are several ways to reduce your chance of the fungus returning full force. They include sanitizing your shoes and shower and killing the fungus that is living on your skin.

    In this video, Brianna will tell you 7 Ways to Control Your Fungus