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October 13, 2014
Category: Laser Treatments

Ugly Toenail Syndrome

I want normal toenails, can you help me?

Have you been suffering from the discomfort and embarrassment of toenail fungus? If you visit your local pharmacy, you will find many over-the-counter options for treatment of this condition.  However, these often do not address the issue, especially if the fungus has already spread into the nail.  Prescription medicines are also available, but they also have limited effectiveness, and the side effects can cause permanent liver damage.

Dr. Eby is happy to offer a safe and pain-free option for the treatment of fungal nails:

Laser treatmentAt our office we effectively treat fungal toenails by utilizing the Q- Clear laser. Visit our office three times over the course of three months, and you’ll be on your way to fungus free toenails.  Each affected nail is treated for 1 painless minute, and the results will knock your socks off!

Call (423)622-2663 today to schedule an appointment at our Chattanooga office.  You can also visit our website and request an appointment online.

What is causing your toenails to become discolored, thick and brittle?

Have you inspected your toenails lately?  Many people rarely look at their feet and can later suffer from foot conditions that, if caught early, could have been easily treated.  Toenail fungus or onychomycosis is one of these common foot issues.

All fungi are not created equally.  While some actually aid the body, others can create infections.  One particular group called dermatophytes is the cause of most nail infections.  Other organisms like molds and yeasts can also cause this type of condition.

Along with environmental circumstances, there are other risk factors that increase a person’s chances of fungal nails.  The biggest contributor to your risk is age.  Certain natural changes that occur with age affect the ability of the feet to fight off fungal infections.  Over time the growth of nails slows which also puts the toenails at greater risk of infection.   As we get older, the circulation in the feet is diminished.  This means that it is more difficult for the body’s defense system to take action when it is being attacked.  This is also a concern for people with diabetes and those that have illnesses that impact their immune systems.  Other high risk scenarios include:  working in a humid place, sweaty feet, going barefoot in public places, skin conditions that cause cracking (such as psoriasis), injured nails, and unsanitary pedicures.

Want to prevent toenail fungus?

Preventing infection can be difficult, because these tiny, living things cannot be seen by the naked eye, and they do not need light to grow.  Their size or lack thereof, allows them to use entry points (cuts or cracks) that may not even be visible to the human eye.  The right conditions promote the growth of fungi:  warmth and moisture are the key ingredients for their breeding.

There are different types of nail fungus, but the early signs are typically yellow or white specks beneath the edge of the nail.  Stopping the spread of nail fungus is easier at the onset.  If left untouched, the infection goes farther into the nail, and will cause more discoloration, thickening and crumbling.  The affected nail may actually separate from the toe, and you may notice a foul smell as well.

Because of these factors, it is important to maintain healthy cleaning practices. This can be done by:

Clean your feet daily – By cleaning your toes daily you can keep your toenails clean. It is important that you do not scrub too hard and scratch the nail. Scratching the nail will make the nail vulnerable to infection.
Wear effective socks – Socks can help reduce moisture around your feet. The best kind of sock for this is a synthetic sock. By doing this you will eliminate the environment needed for the fungi to live.
Allow your shoes to dry out – Since the fungi thrive in moist environments, a dry environment inside the shoe can stop the fungal infection from multiplying and surviving.
Do not share shoes – Toenail fungus is contagious and can be spread through contact. If you wear a shoe infected with toenail fungus, you could infect yourself.

Prevention is one of the best treatments. By eliminating the cause you can help resolve the problem. If you are beginning to develop toenail fungus, do not worry! Dr. Eby and his staff can help you stop the condition from progressing.


October 13, 2014
Category: F.Y.I.
Tags: ankle   foot   podiatry  

    Podiatric medicine, also known as podiatry, is the study of the human foot and its related structures. Podiatrists diagnose an treat deformmities of the human foot and ankle. This treatment can be by medical, mechanical, or surgical means. Because disabilities of the foot affect the well-being, mobility, and independence of the individual, podiatric medicine serves as a vital part in comprehensive health care.

October 13, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: foot   surgery  

Foot Surgery

Foot surgery may be necessary for a variety of reasons, but it is normally reserved for cases in which less invasive procedures have failed to help with the problem. Cases in which surgery may be deemed necessary include, but are not limited to, surgically removing deformities of the foot (such as bone spurs and bunions), problems with arthritis that have caused severe bone issues within the foot, and reconstruction to attend to injuries caused by accidents and congenital malformation (such as club foot and flat feet). Foot surgery may be necessary for individuals of all ages.

If you find yourself in need of foot surgery, the reason why the surgery has been found to be necessary will dictate exactly what kind of surgery you need. If you have to have a growth, such as a bunion, removed, then you may undergo a bunionectomy. If your bones need to be realigned and fused together, then you may undergo a surgical fusion of the foot. If it is nerve pain and problems that you are enduring, then you may need to undergo surgery in which the tissue that surrounds the painful
nerve is surgically removed. Normally other, less serious treatments are first applied when a problem is discovered, but if those treatments are found to be ineffective, surgical techniques are considered and used.

Even though surgery of the foot is usually reserved as a last resort by most physicians, there are some ben- efits if you and your doctor choose to use surgery to fix the problem. The first is that the pain associated with the issue is normally relieved, which means that you can finally resume the activities your foot problem was preventing you from participating in. The second benefit is that, once you have the surgery completed, the problem is generally eliminated since it has finally been addressed.

History of podiatry has shown that foot surgery techniques continue to advance every year. Endoscopic surgery is just one of the many advancements that have been made in the field of foot surgery. As technology improves, foot surgical techniques will also continue to improve. Many procedures can now be completed using a very small incision and smaller, more refined instruments. Because of these better tools, surgeries are becoming less invasive, and recovery time has become a great deal shorter. Shorter recovery periods mean that you will be back on your feet in no time.