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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Broken Toe

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We are here to help with your broken toe.
We are here to help with your broken toe.

 

Broken Toe

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

What causes a broken toe (fracture), and what are the symptoms?

You may get a broken toe by stubbing it, dropping something on it, or bending it. A hairline crack (stress fracture) may occur after a sudden increase in activity, such as increased running or walking.

Symptoms of a broken toe may include:

  • A snap or pop at the time of the injury.
  • Pain that is worse when the toe is moved or touched.
  • Swelling and bruising.
  • Possible deformity (not just swelling), such as a toe pointing in the wrong direction or that is twisted out of normal position. A dislocated toe can also look deformed.
  • Decreased movement or movement that causes pain.

How is a broken toe diagnosed?

A broken toe is diagnosed through a physical examination. Your health professional will look for swelling, purple or black and blue spots, and tenderness. An X-ray may be needed to determine whether the toe is broken or dislocated.

How is it treated?

Home care after breaking a toe includes applying ice, elevating the foot, and rest. Medical treatment for a broken toe depends on which toe is broken, where in the toe the break is, and the severity of the break. If you do not have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, your toe can be buddy-taped to your uninjured toe next to it. Protect the skin by putting some soft padding, such as felt or foam, between your toes before you tape them together. Your injured toe may need to be buddy-taped for 2 to 4 weeks to heal. If your injured toe hurts more after buddy taping it, remove the tape.

In rare cases, other treatment may be needed, including:

  • Protecting the toe from additional injury. This may include using splints to stabilize the toe, a short leg cast, or a brace.
    • Surgery, if the break is severe.

Medical treatment is needed more often for a broken big toe than for the other toes. An untreated fracture may cause long-term pain, limited movement, and deformity.

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

 

 

Ankle Therapy Part 3

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I have some great ankle therapy exercises for you!
I have some great ankle therapy exercises for you!

Ankle Physical Therapy

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine

This is the third and final part in a 3 part series covering ankle therapy for an ankle injury. These are exercises you can do at home but it is recommended that you see a podiatrist and physical therapist to start your recovery. Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine is the preferred physical therapy practice of Dr. Thomas LeBeau and St. Augustine Foot and Ankle.

Partial Weight-Bearing Exercises
These ankle therapy exercises will help put more weight on the injured foot as well as strengthen it. Each one should be performed 10 times in a row.

Seated Calf Raise

  1. Sit in a chair with the injured foot on the floor.
  2. Lift your heel as far as possible while keeping your toes on the floor.
  3. Return heel to the floor.

Single Leg Stand

  1. Stand upright while holding onto a stable object.
  2. Shift some of your weight onto the injured foot.
  1. Hold the position for 15 seconds.
  2. Relax and put your weight back onto your uninjured foot.

Full Weight-Bearing Exercises
These ankle therapy exercises will help put more weight on the injured foot as well as strengthen it. Perform each one 10 times in a row.

Single Leg Stance

  1. Stand on the injured foot while lifting the uninjured foot off the ground.
  2. Hold the position for 15 seconds.
  3. Relax and put your weight back onto your uninjured foot.

Standing Calf Raise

  1. Stand on the injured foot while lifting the uninjured foot off the ground.
  2. Raise up, standing only on the ball of the injured foot and lifting your heel off the ground.
  1. Hold the position for 15 seconds.
  2. Relax and put your weight back onto your uninjured foot.

Lateral Stepping

(Increase the speed of this ankle therapy exercise as your healing progresses.)

  1. Place a rolled towel or short object on the ground to the side of your injured foot.
  2. Step over the towel with the injured foot and remain on that foot.
  3. Then bring the uninjured foot over the object and stand on both feet.
  4. Step back over the towel with the uninjured foot and remain on that foot.
  5. Then bring the injured foot back over the towel and stand on both feet.

Lateral Jump

(Increase the speed of this ankle therapy exercise as your healing progresses.)

  1. Place a rolled towel or short object on the ground to the side of your injured foot.
  2. Hop over the towel and land on the injured foot.
  3. Then hop back over the towel and land on the uninjured foot.

Balance Activities
Injury to ankles can often result in decreased balance ability. Towards the end of your rehabilitation performing balance activities is an important way to prevent future injury. Perform this ankle therapy exercise 10 times in a row.

Single Leg Stance on a Towel

  1. Fold a towel into a small rectangle and place on the ground.
  2. Stand with the injured foot on the towel.
  3. Lift the uninjured leg off the ground standing only on the towel with the injured leg.
  1. Hold for 15 seconds. (As balance improves, increase stance time on injured leg up to 45 seconds.)
  2. Return your uninjured foot to the floor.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle and Longevity Physical Therapy we will do everything we can to help with your ankle injury. If you suspect you have an ankle injury, require ankle physical therapy, or are feeling pain in your ankle or foot 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

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