Toenail Fungus Treatment: Laser

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The Genesis Plus laser is the latest toenail fungus treatment technology.
The Genesis Plus laser is the latest toenail fungus treatment technology.

Toenail Fungus Treatment: Laser

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Over the years, more and more of my patients have been asking for a faster, more effective option for Toenail Fungus treatment and until now, we have been limited to prescribing oral or topical medications. Now there is an easier, safer, more effective option for Toenail Fungus Treatment than can be performed in the office in less than 15 minutes.

The better toenail fungus treatment that does not entail using harsh medicines that work in only about half of the patients is the new GenesisPlus™ laser. This toenail fungus treatment is FDA approved for many indications of the toes and feet. GenesisPlus™ is a quick and comfortable way to clear the nail without drug therapy. Clear nail growth can be observed following 1-2 fifteen minute laser treatments. In addition, the GenesisPlus™ is effectively used in wart treatment and scar revision.

Toenail fungus often occurs in adults and can be contracted in many different ways including pedicures by others, nail injuries, or even wearing closed-in footwear. However contracted, usually you will notice brittleness, discoloration, and thickening of the nail including change of shape. If left untreated it can permanently damage the nail and spread to surrounding nails and skin.

Over-the-counter toenail fungus treatment such as creams and ointments generally do not help in the fight of toenail fungus. Oral medicines as a toenail fungus treatment need about 2-3 months to affect this condition and are only successful in about 50% of the patients. Oral medicines can have harmful side effects, including damage to your liver.

At Toe Laser Center we are committed to offering our patients the latest technologies and advances for their concerns. Our expert staff is here to help you understand these advanced toenail fungus treatment options and ensure the results you expect are achieved without compromise. At Toe Laser Center your complete patient satisfaction is our only goal and success is based upon giving you the results you expect not just treatments – see for yourself the difference! Contact us today to schedule your first laser toenail fungus treatment! (904) 824-0869 – See more at our website!

Bunions: What to Expect

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Here to help you with your bunions!
Here to help you with your bunions!

 

Bunions: What to Expect

Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

 

A bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe that forms when the bone and support tissue move out of place. This forces the big toe to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump on the inside foot.

Bunion — from the Latin “bunion,” meaning enlargement — can also occur on the outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a “bunionette” or “tailor’s bunion.” Although bunions tend to run in families, it is the foot type that is passed down — not the bunion. Other causes of bunions are foot injuries, neuromuscular disorders and congenital deformities.

You may get bunions if:

  • The way your foot is shaped puts too much pressure on your big toe joint. Because bunions can run in families, some experts believe that the inherited shape of the foot makes some people more likely to get them.
  • Your foot rolls inward too much when you walk. A moderate amount of inward roll, or pronation, is normal. But damage and injury can happen with too much pronation.
  • You have flat feet.
  • You often wear shoes that are too tight.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle, we will ask questions about your past health and carefully examine your toe and joint. Some of the questions might be: When did the bunions start? What activities or shoes make your bunions worse? Do any other joints hurt? We will examine your toe and joint and check range of motion. This is done while you are sitting and while you are standing so that we may see the toe and joint at rest and while bearing weight

X-rays are often used to check for bone problems or to rule out other causes of pain and swelling. An MRI may be ordered if there is a suspicion of soft tissue damage. Other tests, such as blood tests are sometimes done to check for other problems that can cause joint pain and swelling. These problems might include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or joint infection.

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

 

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

Osteomyelitis (Bone Infection): What to Expect

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Dr Thomas LeBeau can help treat your bone infection

Osteomyelitis: What to Expect

Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Osteomyelitis is a rare but serious bone infection. Infections may exist in bones for a number of reasons: Infection from another part of the body may spread to the bone, or an open fracture or surgery may expose the bone to infection also. In many cases, a staph bacteria causes osteomyelitis and diabetics are at a particularly high risk.

A bone infection is rare only affecting 2 out of every 10,000 people. Osteomyelitis can affect children and adults. Bone surgery, including joint replacements; also increase the incidents of bone infection. Immune system weakening conditions and behaviors also increase a person’s risk for osteomyelitis, including:

  • Diabetes (most cases of osteomyelitis stem from diabetes)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Intravenous drug use
  • Alcoholism
  • Long-term use of steroids
  • Hemodialysis
  • Poor blood supply
  • Recent injury

Acute osteomyelitis develops rapidly over a period of seven to 10 days. The symptoms for acute and chronic osteomyelitis are very similar and include:

  • Fever, irritability, fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Tenderness, redness, and warmth in the area of the infection
  • Swelling around the affected bone
  • Lost range of motion

Diagnosing osteomyelitis can sometimes be difficult. At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we may order X-rays, blood tests, MRI, and bone scans to get a picture of what’s going on. A bone biopsy is necessary to confirm whether a bone infection exists or not. The biopsy also helps determine the type of bone infection, typically bacterial, is causing the problem so we can get you the correct medication. Treatment will usually consist of an antibiotic regiment that will kill the bacteria causing the bone infection. In extreme cases, surgery may be required to remove the infected bone to prevent further spread.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.  If you suspect you have a bone infection (Osteomyelitis) in your foot or ankle or if you are feeling pain in your foot or ankle 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.