Toenail Fungus: Quick Read

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Toenail Fungus

Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

A fungal toenail infection 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 fungal toenail may look bad, hurt, or cause permanent damage to your nail or nail bed. A fungal nail 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 fungal nail 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

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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:

Continue reading below…

  • 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

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Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine
Dr. Thomas LeBeau, here to help YOU!

Dr. Thomas LeBeau St. Augustine

Dr. Thomas LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Although Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a highly skilled surgeon, he has been successfully helping patients recover from foot or ankle problems using conservative, nonsurgical methods for years. After helping thousands of patients overcome pain and lost function, he knows that surgery isn’t always the best solution.

However, in those cases where surgery is the only solution, he uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques to shorten recovery time and reduce or eliminate complications. Whatever foot and ankle condition you have, rest assured that Dr. Thomas LeBeau offers the latest cosmetic and corrective care.

The right approach to help you get the right results.

Helping you achieve a fast, hassle-free recovery is Dr. Thomas LeBeau’s highest priority. That’s why St. Augustine Foot and Ankle provides state-of-the-art equipment such diagnostic ultrasound, computer-generated foot and ankle orthotics and comprehensive physical therapy services to support his conservative approach to podiatric care. Computer-generated orthotics are thin and lightweight and may eliminate the need for surgery.

Podiatric care that puts you first.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle, in St. Augustine, Florida your concerns matter. You are Dr. LeBeau’s main focus. He wants you to have proper treatment so you can go back to doing what you love most in life. Dr. LeBeau is a good listener — he’ll hear you out, helping you make smart choices about your foot and ankle health. He’ll take the time to explain all the treatment options available to you for any foot or ankle condition.

Conveniences for a more positive care experience.

  • Most insurance accepted and filed for you
  • Visa and MasterCard accepted
  • CareCredit® financing available
  • One of the few Medicaid providers in the area
  • Handicapped-accessible
  • Free parking
  • Easy-to-find location
  • Friendly, professional staff

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you with your diabetic foot care and keep your feet healthy and functioning. If you are a diabetic 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

 

Diabetes: Check Your Feet!

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Diabetes: Check Your Feet!

Diabetes: Check Your Feet!

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

When you have diabetes, you need to examine your feet every day. Be sure to look at all areas of your feet, including your toes. It may be helpful to use a handheld mirror or a magnifying mirror attached to the bathroom wall near the baseboard to inspect your feet. If you can’t see well, have someone else use this Diabetes Foot Checklist to examine your feet for you. Using this Diabetes Foot Checklist helps you remember to examine all areas of your feet.

Diabetes Foot Checklist

Check your feet for:

What to do if you notice a problem

Skin color:

  • Red
  • Blue or black
  • Redness could point to irritation from shoes or overheating or other early signs of a problem. Do what you can to discover the cause and fix it, such as wearing shoes that fit better.
  • Blue or black areas can mean bruising or blood flow problems. Call your doctor to report them.
Patches where hair is missing Bald patches may mean irritation from shoes or a blood flow problem. Show the areas to your doctor during your next visit.
Blister
  • Try to discover the cause of the blister. Friction or rubbing against your skin causes blisters. You may need new shoes.
  • Do not break the blister or open it yourself. Leave the skin over the blister intact.
  • Cover the blister with a sterile, nonstick dressing and paper tape.
  • Call your doctor if any blister becomes red, oozes, or is not healing after 4 days.
Break in your skin
  • Gently wash the area with mild soap; blot it dry and cover it with a sterile, nonstick dressing.
  • Call your doctor if any break in the skin becomes red, oozes, or is not healing after 4 days.

Note: Examine the underside of your toes and the area between the toes for breaks in the skin.

Calluses (hardened areas of skin) and corns (pressure sores, usually found on or between toes) Show the area to your doctor at your next visit. This is very important.

  • Do not use products sold in drugstores to remove corns, calluses, or other problems.
  • Do not use a pumice stone on calluses unless your doctor or foot doctor (podiatrist) shows you how to use it properly.
  • Do not cut, file, or do anything that may break the skin on your feet.
Peeling skin or tiny blisters between your toes or cracking and oozing of the skin This may be athlete’s foot. Treating athlete’s foot early can prevent serious foot infections. See the topic Athlete’s Foot for more information.

  • To prevent athlete’s foot, wear shower shoes or bathing shoes when you use public showers or pools. Otherwise, keep feet dry.
  • Keep feet clean. Wear clean socks every day.
  • Do not treat athlete’s foot without first seeing your doctor or podiatrist.
Moisture between your toes Dry between your toes well. Moisture between your toes provides a good place for bacteria and fungi to grow, causing infection.
Feelings of numbness, burning, or “pins and needles” If you have new numbness or tingling in your feet that does not go away after changing position, call your foot doctor.
Sore (ulcer) Do not try to treat a foot ulcer at home. Call your foot doctor immediately. If you check your feet regularly, you usually will see a problem before it becomes an ulcer.
Ingrown toenail Do not treat an ingrown toenail at home. Call your foot doctor for an appointment.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you manage your diabetes and keep your feet healthy. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms in the checklist above 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