A Foot Doctors Advice for Exercise

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A foot doctors advice for your exercise program.

Thomas A. LeBeau, DPM

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

A Foot Doctors Advice for Exercise

 

Here is a foot doctors advice for your exercise program. You have finally started the exercise program after putting it off for too long to say. Along the way you are feeling the excitement of a healthy new lifestyle when, WHAM, your feet start giving you fits! You are sidelined with achy feet — corns, calluses, blisters, maybe even an injury that not only compromises your fitness goals but can make even the lightest use of your feet feel like you’re standing on hot coals. There is no better way to derail an exercise program than by rendering your foundation unusable. Without further delay here is the foot doctors advice to help you avoid the most common foot ailments for people starting a new exercise program.

Foot Doctors Advice:

1)     Wear the right shoe!

Sounds simple right? Thousands of people, everyday, exercise with improper shoe support causing discomfort, pain, and in some cases significant injury. Look for a shoe that is made well with a strong upper, cushioned sole, and plenty of arch support. Make sure the shoe fits properly.  The length of a shoe is not the only thing to consider. You should also take into account the width around the fore foot (around the toes) and width in the heel. You will want enough width to allow for some swelling while you are exercising but not too much so you get the correct support. The best advice I can give you is to buy your shoes from a sporting goods store with knowledgeable staff.

2)     Don’t forget socks!

Of course, you are going to wear socks with your new shoes. Are they the right socks for your activity though? Be sure to wear socks that are cushioned and are made of sweat wicking material. Keeping moisture off your foot is important to avoid skin/nail fungus, odor, and blisters. Note to diabetics: always where white socks! Every time you take your shoes off, examine your socks for discoloration like yellow or red, this maybe an indication of a cut or wound. If you find yourself with a cut or wound on your foot, seek the help of a podiatrist / foot doctor immediately!

3)     Get fitted for a custom orthotic device.

In many cases, the inside of your shoe will not fit perfectly. In that case, seek out a custom fit orthotic (in-sole) for your shoe. We digitally fit them here at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle. A custom orthotic will help your shoes fit exactly the way they should to give you the most support and flexibility possible.

4)     Take it easy!

I know you are very excited to get started on your new exercise program! That is fantastic! Take you time though. Do not over do it. If you are pushing yourself too far beyond your capabilities, it does not matter how well your shoes fit, you are asking for an injury. Ease yourself into your exercise program and find that sweet spot that indicates you are pushing yourself enough to maximize your results but not so much that your feet are killing you. Meeting with an exercise professional at first is a great way to get you started safely.

At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we are here to help you any way we possibly can when it comes to your foot and ankle care. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain of any kind or are a diabetic and need a foot exam, please contact us at (904) 824-0869. You can also visit our website to see what other services we offer and to request an appointment. Good luck with your new exercise program! Hopefully this foot doctors advice sets you on the right course. Please let us know if we can assist!

St. Augustine Podiatrist Joins UCF Faculty

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Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine
Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine

St. Augustine Podiatrist Joins UCF Faculty

St. Augustine podiatrist, Thomas LeBeau, has joined the University of Central Florida College of Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. LeBeau brings over twenty-five years of experience to the UCF staff, six of which have been spent practicing in St. Augustine, Florida at the St. Augustine Foot and Ankle podiatry practice. The practice is located at 1 St. Johns Medical Park Dr. St. Augustine, FL 32086.

The University of Central Florida College of Medicine was founded in 2006 about 100 miles from St. Augustine by way of Interstate 95 and Interstate 4. Just an hour and a half drive from the school, Dr. LeBeau will provide support to other faculty, staff, and students, from St. Augustine, in the field of podiatric medicine. Dr. LeBeau’s specialties include the treatment of injuries such as strains and sprains, diabetic foot care, diabetic neuropathy treatment, wound care, bunion and hammertoe correction, treatment for heel pain and foot pain, treatment for corn and calluses, ingrown toenail removal, and ligament/tendon repair among many others.  Visit the St. Augustine Foot and Ankle website (www.staugustinefoot.com) for additional details.

“Working with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine is such an honor. From what I have seen so far, they are providing a top notch medical education to our future podiatrists, primary care providers, and other physicians. I am very much looking forward to being a part of that.” says Dr. LeBeau. When asked how being a faculty member will enhance his own practice he said, “Teaching and interacting with faculty and students from a state of the art medical school like this will help keep me informed on the latest medical techniques and technologies available to my patients. I’ll also have the latest medical information at my finger tips via the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library internet portal. With that type of access to information, you can’t help but serve your patients better. I am really looking forward to that also.”

For any questions about Dr. LeBeau or his practice please contact St. Augustine Foot and Ankle through their website (www.staugustinefoot.com) or by phone at (904) 824-0869.

Benefits of Pedicures

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Dr Thomas LeBeau
Pedicures are a great way to relax and stay well groomed! #pedicure

Benefits of Pedicures

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle & Medi Nails & Spa

 

Nothing looks better than clean well-maintained feet and freshly painted toenails in the summer. Regular pedicures will enhance the health of your toenails, promoting faster growth and maintaining well moisturized cuticles.

Feet are one of the most neglected parts of our bodies and often get left off our regular personal hygienic routine. Pedicures are similar to manicures except they are specially designed for feet. During a pedicure your nails will be cleaned, shaped and trimmed to prevent ingrown nails. The exfoliating and massage elements can relieve aching feet and muscles and stimulate circulation. The oils and moisturizing elements will keep feet well-hydrated and prevent dry cracked heels, which can be painful and unsightly. Pedicures generally include application of a toenail varnish.

Contact us at Medi Nails & Spa and discover the benefits of the safest most relaxing pedicures in St. Augustine, Florida.

A professional pedicure, in which the toenails and feet are cleaned, buffed, and moisturized, with polish added to the nails, is a salon treatment that many people have performed on a regular basis. Many people feel it is worth the regular cost and time spent for a number of reasons. First, it does certainly make the feet and toenails more aesthetically pleasing, and gives an individual a more “polished” or put-together appearance than doing it one’s self. A professional pedicure can also help to promote rest and relaxation. The pedicurist will also be able to identify any foot issues that need to be taken care of, such as a nail fungus or warts.

Though women are the most frequent customers for a professional pedicure, plenty of men get pedicures also, simply without the final step of toenail polish. However, anyone who wants to get the toenails painted as part of a pedicure is free to choose his or her color; most salons have hundreds of different options to choose from. Another option is to get a French pedicure, in which the tips of the toenails are painted bright white and the nail bed is painted pink. A pedicurist may also be able to paint individual images or designs on the toes, either freehand or with an airbrush, which would be quite difficult to accomplish on your own.

As long as it is done properly, a professional pedicure is also good for the feet. For example, a pumice stone should be used to buff the feet, rather than a foot file, which can cause cuts. The skin is then exfoliated and moisturized. The toes are filed and clipped, and the cuticles are typically pushed back and moisturized. Throughout this process, the pedicurist can notice any potential problems or skin conditions that the client may not have noticed, and may be able to offer advice on treatment.

In addition to these benefits, a professional pedicure provides some time to relax. It generally takes about 45 minutes to complete, possibly a bit longer depending on the other services performed, and gives the client time to simply sit back and unwind. Massaging pressure points on the feet also helps to relieve stress. For many people, this alone helps to make the professional pedicure experience worth the cost. Some people only get them a few times a year or for special occasions; others get them on a regular basis. Typically, the benefits of a pedicure will last about a month.

At Medi Nails & Spa we provide the safest pedicure you can find. Your safety is our #1 priority! In addition to your safety we focus on providing an intimate and relaxing environment where you can release your stress and relax. Check out our website or FaceBook page to get a better idea of what we are all about. You can also book an appointment right online! If you have immediate questions please feel free to call us at (904) 342-5948 or email your question to info@medinailsandspa.com.

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!