Toenail Fungus

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We can help rid you of that annoying toenail fungus!
We can help rid you of that annoying toenail fungus!

Toenail Fungus

Dr. Thomas LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

 

fungal toenail infection (toenail fungus) occurs when a fungus attacks the toenail or nail bed. Fungi (plural of fungus) can attack your nails through small cuts in the skin around your nail or through the opening between your nail and nail bed.

If you have a healthy and strong immune system, a fungal toenail infection is not likely to cause serious problems. Instead the toenail fungus may look bad, hurt, or cause permanent damage to your nail or nail bed. A toenail fungus infection could lead to more serious problems if you have diabetes or a weak immune system.

Yeasts, molds, and different kinds of fungi can cause toenail fungus infections. Most are caused by the same type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

Fungi grow best in warm, moist places, and they can spread from person to person. You can get a fungal nail infection from walking barefoot in public showers or pools or by sharing personal items, such as towels and nail clippers. If you have athlete’s foot, the fungus can spread from your skin to your nails.

A nail with a fungal infection may:

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  • Turn yellow or white.
  • Get thicker.
  • Crumble and split, and it may separate from the skin.

When you have a fungal toenail infection, it can be uncomfortable or even painful to wear shoes, walk, or stand for a long time. The fungus could also spread to other nails or your skin.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will diagnose your fungal nail infection by examining the nail, discussing your health history, and possibly doing tests to look for fungi.

Whether to treat a fungal nail infection is up to you. If it isn’t treated, it won’t go away. It might get worse. At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we have a number of methods to treat fungal toenails without oral medications. These methods include topical oils and creams in addition to advanced laser treatment. We have a very high success rate in treating fungal toenails. The sooner you get in to us to be treated the more likely and more quickly we can help you get rid of your toenail fungus.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you overcome a toenail fungus as quickly as possible. If you think you may have a toenail fungus, give us a call to set an appointment at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Some of the information above was found at www.WebMD.com

Athlete’s Foot

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We can help rid you of that annoying Athlete’s Foot!

Athlete’s Foot

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Athlete’s Foot: Athlete’s foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus usually attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms, are also breeding grounds for fungi. Not all fungus conditions lead to Athlete’s foot, however. Other conditions, such as malfunctions of the sweat mechanism, reaction to dyes or adhesives in shoes, eczema, and psoriasis, also may mimic Athlete’s foot.

You can treat most cases of athlete’s foot at home with over-the-counter lotion, cream, or spray. For bad cases, your doctor may give you a prescription for pills or for medicine you put on your skin. Use the medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to. This will help make sure that you get rid of the infection. You also need to keep your feet clean and dry. Fungi need wet, warm places to grow. You can do some things so you don’t get athlete’s foot again. Wear shower sandals in shared areas like locker rooms, and use talcum powder to help keep your feet dry. Wear sandals or roomy shoes made of materials that allow moisture to escape.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help rid you of that annoying Athlete’s Foot problem and get you back to your regular activity. If you are experiencing burning and tingling in the foot accompanied by a rash or suspect you have Athlete’s Foot or are feeling pain in your foot or lower leg of any kind please come see us as soon as possible. Give us a call to set an appointment at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

Bunion Surgery

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Bunion Surgery

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Bunion surgery consists of an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of soft tissue and bone in that joint. The surgery is performed to help with pain and properly align the joint. In some cases, small wires, screws, and/or plates will be used to restructure the joint. Where bunion surgery is a common surgery, there is no guarantee that the surgery will fully relieve pain.

 What to expect during surgery:

  • An anesthetic that affects only the foot is commonly used for bunion surgery and a sedative may be used to relax the patient or put them into a sleep state.
  • A small incision will be made at the big toe joint.
  • The joint will be repaired sometimes using wires, screws, and/or plates.
  • The incision is sealed.
  • Bunion surgery usually takes an hour or more, depending on the type of surgery.
  • This is an outpatient surgery.

What to Expect After Surgery:

It may take as many as 6 months to recovery after bunion surgery depending on the amount of soft tissue and bone affected. Complete healing may take as long as 1 year. Average recovery times fall in the 3 month range.

  • When showering or bathing, the foot must be kept covered keeping the wound dry.
  • Stitches are removed after 7 to 21 days.
  • Pins are usually removed in 3 to 4 weeks but in some cases they are left in place for up to 6 weeks. Pins will stick out of the foot.
  • Regular shoes can sometimes be worn in about 4 to 8 weeks depending on the invasiveness of the surgery. In some cases, it can be 3 to 4 months before you can wear regular shoes.
  • No weight can be put on the foot immediately following surgery. Then there several weeks of partial weight-bearing with the foot in a special shoe or boot to keep the bones and soft tissues steady as they heal.

How Well Bunion Surgery Works:

After recovery, your ability to walk and do other activities is likely to improve from pre-procedural states. The big toe joint is generally less painful and may be more mobile. As stated earlier, however, total relief of pain is not a guarantee. Lastly, since the toe joint has essentially been rebuilt, the toe may look more normal than before.

 As with all surgeries, there are many risks to consider including infection, medicinal side effects, recurrence of the bunion, and continued pain. This repaired toe joint may also become more susceptible to arthritis.

 Alternatives to Bunion Surgery:

If the bunion is diagnosed early enough there may be alternatives to surgery like physical therapy, corrective devices, and lifestyle planning that can help. The key is early detection. Once a bunion has progressed past a certain point surgery becomes almost certain.

 With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help with your bunions and get you back to your regular activity. If you suspect you have a bunion or are feeling pain in your ankle or foot of any kind please give us a call to set an appointment as soon as possible at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at info@staugustinefoot.com

 

Athlete’s Foot

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Athlete's foot is often treated right at home.

Athlete’s Foot

Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

 Athlete’s Foot: Athlete’s foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus usually attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. Athlete’s foot spreads easily. You can get it by touching the toes or feet of a person who has it.

The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms, are also breeding grounds for fungi. Not all fungus conditions lead to Athlete’s foot, however. Other conditions, such as malfunctions of the sweat mechanism, reaction to dyes or adhesives in shoes, eczema, and psoriasis, also may mimic Athlete’s foot.

Most of the time, a doctor can tell that you have athlete’s foot by looking at your feet. He or she will also ask about your symptoms and any past fungal infections you may have had. If your athlete’s foot looks unusual, or if treatment did not help you before, your doctor may take a skin or nail sample to test for fungi.

You can treat most cases of athlete’s foot at home with over-the-counter lotion, cream, or spray. For bad cases, your doctor may give you a prescription for pills or for medicine you put on your skin. Use the medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to. This will help make sure that you get rid of the infection. You also need to keep your feet clean and dry. Fungi need wet, warm places to grow.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you with your athlete’s foot and get your feet back to normal as quickly as possible. Please call us at 904-824-0869 to make an appointment or you can email us at info@StAugustinefoot.com. You can also contact us through our website by clicking on this link CONTACT US
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