Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Fungal toenail infections, or onychomycosis, account for approximately 50 percent of all nail diseases, particularly affecting toenails. Laboratory diagnosis through microscopy and culture of nail clippings is recommended before starting treatment to confirm the infection type. For patients requiring treatment of fungal toenails, oral antifungal medications are typically used for severe infections, while topical antifungals are suitable for superficial or minor cases and for those unable to take oral medications. The duration of treatment varies, with systemic medications typically requiring a few months and topical treatments possibly extending up to two years. Patients should be aware that treatment success rates vary, and nails may not return to a completely normal appearance even after successful therapy. Additionally, there is a risk of treatment failure or relapse, necessitating further diagnosis and possibly alternative treatment strategies. Ultimately, the decision to treat fungal nails should be individualized, considering the patient's overall health, risk factors such as diabetes or vascular disease, and the severity of the infection. If you have developed a fungal toenail infection, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment suggestions.

For more information about treatment, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Children's foot health is imperative as they grow, with different stages requiring specific care and attention. Babies have soft and pliable feet that gradually develop bone structure and muscle strength. During the toddler years, as children begin to walk, their feet undergo significant changes, necessitating support and wearing well-fitted shoes to aid proper development. Choosing the right shoes is vital. They should be flexible, have a wide toe box, and provide adequate arch support without being too tight. Common foot problems in children include flat feet, in-toeing, out-toeing, and excessive pronation, which can affect gait and posture. Early detection and intervention are key to preventing long-term issues. Regular foot inspections, proper hygiene, and encouraging barefoot play when safe can promote healthy foot development. If any abnormalities or persistent issues arise, visit a podiatrist for a thorough assessment and appropriate guidance on maintaining optimal foot health as children grow.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Diabetes can pose significant risks to foot health due to potential nerve and blood vessel damage. Reduced sensation in the feet increases the likelihood of injuries, which may lead to serious complications like foot ulcers, often requiring hospitalization. It is important  for anyone with diabetes to prioritize foot care to prevent such issues. Daily foot inspections are vital, checking for dry skin, blisters, sores, bruises, and any abnormalities. Regular washing with mild soap, careful drying, and moisturizing are also essential steps. Proper toenail trimming techniques help to prevent ingrown nails and other complications, with assistance from a podiatrist recommended for thick or discolored nails that may be infected. Corns and calluses should also be managed by a podiatrist, ensuring safe removal. Wearing well-fitting shoes and clean, dry socks are recommended at all times to prevent injuries. Any foot issues should be promptly reported to a podiatrist, rather than attempting self-treatment. It is suggested that diabetic patients seek assistance from a podiatrist for regular evaluations and necessary foot care.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Arthritis, encompassing various inflammatory conditions, can contribute to bunion formation, affecting the feet in distinct ways. A bunion, characterized by a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe, often results from joint misalignment. Types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout can all play a role in its development. Rheumatoid arthritis induces joint damage and inflammation, leading to joint instability and eventual bunion formation. Osteoarthritis contributes by wearing down cartilage, promoting joint misalignment. Psoriatic arthritis, a condition linked to psoriasis, can also cause bunion formation, often accompanied by inflammation in toes. Additionally, gout, characterized by sudden, intense joint pain, commonly targets the big toe joint, potentially leading to bunion development. A podiatrist's involvement is important in managing arthritis-related bunions. They can provide personalized treatment plans, including pain management strategies, footwear recommendations, custom orthotic devices, and surgical options if necessary, ensuring optimal foot health and mobility. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this and other arthritis-related foot conditions.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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