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Onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus, is a condition in which the nail or skin beneath the nail becomes infected. Walking barefoot around a public pool or shower can increase the risk of developing a fungal infection on the toenails. Left untreated, the infection can spread. Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, the experienced podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, utilize a laser nail fungus treatment for eliminating toenail fungus.
Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
Once toenail fungus develops, it can be difficult to get rid of on your own and it can keep coming back. If you have developed signs of toenail fungus, it is best to see a podiatrist for professional treatment to prevent the fungal infection from spreading and causing additional problems. Symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- Yellowing of the nails
- White patches on the nails
- Thickening of the nails
- Brittle nails that flake
- Darkening of the skin beneath the nails
- Toenails that are loose
There are several steps you can take to prevent a fungal infection from developing on the toenails. One way to prevent toenail fungus is to keep the feet clean and dry. It also helps to wear properly fitting shoes that are not too narrow or tight. Wearing protective footwear when walking around public pools, locker rooms, and showers is also important. Additionally, nail clippers and other pedicure instruments should be disinfected after use to help prevent infection.
Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
To treat toenail fungus, topical and oral anti-fungal medications are used. One of the newest and most effective methods for treating nail fungus is laser treatment. We offer laser nail fungus treatment at our Needham, MA, podiatry office.
Laser treatment is performed by running a beam of laser light over the affected nail. As the laser passes across the nail, the pigment in the fungi absorbs the light, which creates heat. The heat ultimately kills the fungi that caused the infection.
Benefits of Laser Treatment
Laser treatment is extremely effective and has several benefits. Not only does it kill fungi, but it also stimulates healthy nail growth. Additionally, the laser beam does not harm the surrounding healthy tissues. It only targets areas of the skin and nails affected by fungi. Laser treatment is safe, gentle, and effective. Most patients experience little to no discomfort from the laser. Finally, laser technology as a treatment for nail fungus is approved by the FDA and has no negative side effects.
There are many benefits to undergoing laser treatment for toenail fungus. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter to learn more about laser nail fungus treatment by calling Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, at (781) 444-4044.
People often ignore foot care, even though it's a necessary part of your overall health. Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham provide patients with several foot care services in Needham, MA.
The Benefits of Visiting a Podiatrist
A podiatrist specializes in the medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems like:
- Heel pain
- Ingrown toenails
- Corns and calluses
Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter consult with patients about foot issues and go on to diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases. A podiatrist can also perform surgeries to correct or remedy deformities like fractures and hammertoes. Your Needham, MA, podiatrists prescribe therapies and diagnostic procedures like lab tests and provide orthotic inserts to correct walking patterns.
More About Foot Issues
Heel Pain: This is pain on the bottom of the foot when tissue called the plantar fasciitis, a connective tissue, is inflamed. Overpronation, when a person's ankle rolls too far downward and inward with each step, is the most common cause of heel pain. This excessive rolling movement flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia causing heel pain.
Heel Spur: This condition occurs when calcium deposits build up on the heel bone. You can first use conservative measures to deal with heel spurs like anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. If the issue persists, your podiatrist may treat the problem with Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment.
Nail Fungus: It’s an infection of the toenail you can contract through nail clippers, public showers, or pools since fungi thrive in warm, moist places. Untreated toenail fungus may spread and cause symptoms of darkened, yellow, or white toenails. Toenails thicken, become more brittle, and in severe cases split from the nail bed.
Need a Podiatrist?
If you'd like to speak with a podiatrist, make sure you contact Dr. Mitry and Dr. Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham at their Needham, MA, office by calling (781) 444-4044.
If you’re suffering from a sprained ankle, you are probably dealing with unpleasant symptoms, mainly pain. Fortunately, with help from your podiatrist here at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, you can manage your ankle sprain and help ensure a safe and fast recovery.
Additionally, besides speeding up your healing, proper post-injury treatments could likewise prevent complications and future ankle issues.
Safe, Efficient, and Fast Ankle Sprain Recovery with The “PRICE” Method
- “P” for Protection: Avoid anything that could place pressure or exacerbate your ankle sprain.
- “R” for Resting: Don’t move around or walk too much. If you must walk, use a cane or crutches to help you move around safely.
- “I” for Icing: The most suitable way to ice your sprained ankle is to utilize a pack of frozen corn or peas since you can wrap this around your ankle quite easily. Ice the injured area for 20 minutes at the most, about three or five times daily for three days following your injury.
- “C” for Compression: This entails applying pressure on your ankle sprain and the surrounding area. Use tensor or an elastic bandage for wrapping your foot, starting from the toes and all the way to the mid-calf. Ensure to place sufficient pressure to allow for proper compression, making sure that it’s not too tight to hinder blood flow.
- “E” for Elevation: Elevate your sprained ankle as often as possible while you’re recovering. This will aid in improving blood circulation and help make certain that blood will flow to the proper places for optimal healing.
Seeing Your Podiatrist
A very mild ankle sprain doesn’t always warrant a visit to your podiatrist, unless you have severe pain, are a senior or a child, a diabetic, can’t place even the teeniest pressure on your injured ankle, and/or are unsure whether it’s minor a sprain or not. If one or more of these factors apply to you, visit your podiatrist in Needham, MA, right away to ensure that your injury is really a sprained ankle and not something that’s more serious.
If it turns out that your ankle isn’t just sprained but has a torn or broken ligament, your podiatrist will be able to recommend the most appropriate treatment options to manage your injury.
For Help Treating Your Ankle Sprain, Reach Out to Us
Book an appointment with your podiatrist here at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, by calling (781) 444-4044.
Is your heel so painful in the morning you hesitate to take a step? You may have plantar fasciitis, a common inflammatory condition related to overuse, improper gait and other factors. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, your foot doctors, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, analyze heel pain and suggest ways to eliminate it.
It may be plantar fasciitis
Your Needham foot doctors see many adult patients with plantar fasciitis and its related heel spur syndrome. Plantar fasciitis comes from inflammation of the connective tissue located between the heel and the toes. A heel spur, or small calcified bump, may project from the front of the heel bone itself.
The plantar fascia spans the arch of the foot, and when overstretched due to sports (running), standing for prolonged periods of time or rolling the foot inward (overpronation), it becomes inflamed and very tender. After you sleep or sit, the pain is worse, but with gentle activity, it diminishes, only to return hours later.
See your podiatrist
For persistent heel pain, contact Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter for an in-office foot exam. They'll want to look at your foot, how you place it when you walk and at your strength, range of motion and reflexes. Digital imaging will show any bone spurs and rules out problems such as stress fractures.
To treat plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may advise some of the following:
- Simple rest or modification of your training program if you are an athlete
- Well-constructed footwear with low heels and support in the arches
- Ibuprofen for pain
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy
- Shoe inserts to balance your gait
- Night splints to support the foot or a walking cast during the day
Few people require surgery for plantar fasciitis, but if your symptoms persist beyond six to eight weeks, your podiatrist may consider it.
Other reasons for heel pain
Stone bruises may cause heel pain as can arthritis and bursitis. Simply carrying too much bodyweight may flatten your arches excessively and inflame the connective tissue or even lead to stress fractures. So, keeping a healthy weight is important to your overall and podiatric health.
Stay on your feet
You can manage heel pain. So, don't suffer. Call Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, your foot doctors in Needham, MA. You'll receive the best in patient-centered care. Phone Advanced Podiatry of Needham at (781) 444-4044.
Bunions can be painful and debilitating, making your shoes uncomfortable and sometimes making it difficult to walk. If you suffer from bunions, you should seek medical advice from a podiatrist. Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter are board-certified podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA. They provide diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of podiatry as well as foot and ankle surgery.
What Are Bunions?
A bunion is a hard swelling that forms on the lower joint of the big toe, causing the appendage to press against its neighbor. Bunions can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, arthritis, and stress on the feet. Signs and symptoms of bunions include:
- An inflamed lump at the base of one or both big toes
- Difficulty moving the affected toe
- Swelling and redness around the lower joint of the affected toe
- Pain that comes and goes or persistent pain
- Callouses or corns where the big toe rubs against the next toe
How to Avoid Bunions
Bunions can be avoided if you take care of your feet throughout your life. Bunions develop slowly so it’s a good idea to pay attention to the shape of your feet, so that you can spot the early signs of bunions and talk to a podiatrist.
To prevent bunions, avoid high heels or shoes with narrow, pointed toes. Always wear shoes that are comfortable and don’t put pressure on your feet. Also, performing simple exercises, such as picking up a small object with your toes, can help to strengthen them.
If you suffer from bunions or any other foot condition and you live in the Needham area, call Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter at (781) 444-4044 to make an appointment.