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Douglas Pacaccio, DPM
Thomas Nordquist, DPM

June 2024

Sunday, 30 June 2024 00:00

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Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Laser treatment for toenail fungus is an advanced method that uses focused light beams to target and eliminate fungal infections beneath the toenail. This non-invasive procedure penetrates the nail without damaging surrounding tissues, making it a preferred option for many patients. Unlike traditional treatments, such as topical creams or oral medications, laser therapy has minimal side effects and a higher success rate. The procedure is typically quick, often completed in under an hour, and requires no downtime, allowing patients to resume normal activities immediately. Multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results, depending on the severity of the infection. Laser treatment is effective for many individuals, offering a promising solution for persistent toenail fungus, especially for those who have not responded well to other treatments. Toenail fungus can be unsightly, and is treated by a podiatrist. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you consult this type of doctor who can determine if laser therapy is right for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common infection that affects the toenails, caused by various types of fungi. It often starts as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail and can spread deeper, leading to discoloration, thickening, and crumbling at the edges of the nail. Causes of toenail fungus include exposure to damp environments, such as public showers or pools, wearing tight shoes, and having a history of athlete's foot. Symptoms include nails becoming discolored, brittle, and misshapen, sometimes accompanied by a foul odor. The affected toenail may also separate from the nail bed, causing discomfort. Proper foot hygiene, keeping feet dry, and avoiding shared nail care tools are preventive measures. Early treatment is important to prevent the infection from spreading and to restore nail health. Toenail fungus can be unsightly and can affect the skin on the feet. If you have developed this infection, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively treat toenail fungus.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Why Ankles Can Hurt from Running

Running is an excellent way to stay fit, but it can sometimes lead to ankle pain. This discomfort often arises from overuse, improper footwear, or running on uneven surfaces. When you run, your ankles absorb significant impact with each step, which can strain the ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the joint. Overuse injuries occur when the ankle is repeatedly stressed without sufficient rest, leading to inflammation and pain. Wearing shoes that do not provide adequate support or cushioning can worsen this issue, as can running on surfaces that are too hard or uneven, increasing the risk of spraining the ankle. Additionally, biomechanical issues, such as improper running form or flat feet, can contribute to ankle pain by placing extra strain on the joint. To prevent ankle pain, it is important to wear proper running shoes and run on suitable surfaces. If you have developed ankle pain from running, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can guide you toward relief and injury prevention tips.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ankle Pain Caused by Arthritis

Ankle pain from arthritis can impact your daily life substantially. Ankle arthritis occurs when the joints in your ankles become inflamed. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and restricted movement. The three types of arthritis that can affect the ankles are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Osteoarthritis is caused by the gradual wearing away of cartilage in the joints, causing the bones to rub against other bones. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis where the body's immune system attacks the joints by mistake and causes inflammation. Gout is a type of arthritis that causes pain, redness, and tenderness in your joints for a week or two, then returns to normal. No matter what the type is, ankle arthritis can make daily activities like walking or standing painful and challenging. If you are experiencing ankle pain, especially in the joints, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist, or foot doctor, to find the best treatment options. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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