Foot Orthotics

Foot orthotics are great for people who come home from a long day of work with their feet in pain or for people who suffer from flat feet. People with flat feet do not have an arch in their feet which leads to the weight of the body to be distributed differently and can cause pain in the heels, legs, and even back. Some people think that foot pain after exercise or a long day of work is normal but it could be a sign of bigger foot problems. In order to treat this problem foot orthotics can be used to get rid of the pain that your feet are feeling and improve your body’s posture along with alleviating back and knee pains. Orthotics can also help increase your agility and improve your motion control while also correcting your body alignment and absorbing any shock that your feet feel. The orthotics can either be bought over-the-counter at certain stores or you can get them custom made by a podiatrist for the areas on your feet that are feeling the most pressure and pain. There are two types of orthotics, functional and accommodative. Functional orthotics are harder and sturdier so that they can provide the support and absorb shock. Accommodative orthotics are more for cushioning the feet from mild pain from foot ulcers and other foot problems.

Although custom orthotics are more expensive than over the counter orthotics they are made specifically for your feet so that there is a better chance that it can help treat the feet issues that you are having and also relieve any pain your feet or legs are feeling. For people that suffer from flat feet, a custom orthodontic can help get the support they need so that they can walk more comfortably and feel less pain. Orthotics doesn’t just help with feet pain but can also help people who suffer from back pain due to their bad posture and can even improve your balance. Athletes even use orthotics in order to improve their running posture. The sooner you start using the orthotics the better you can prevent the development of other foot problems. While for some it may feel uncomfortable wearing orthotics, it will soon grow on you and you will feel a lot more comfortable when walking around.

St. Augustine Doctor Offers Innovative Laser Procedure for Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. Most commonly found in toenails, onychomycosis causes the nail to become discolored, thickened and separated from the nail bed. If left untreated, the condition can cause toenails to become so thick that they press against the inside of shoes, causing pressure, irritation and pain. Now available at the Toe Laser Center in St. Augustine Florida, a painless rapid solution for toe nail fungus removal.

Dr. Thomas LeBeau is a dual board certified physician and the director of The Toe Laser Center located in St. Augustine, Florida. He is providing his patients with a cutting edge therapy to improve the appearance of nails affected by onychomycosis through the use of a new noninvasive laser therapy system called GenesisPlus from Cutera.The system applies laser energy to the nail plate and surrounding tissue. The laser light gradually heats the fungus and promotes the growth of healthy, clear nails.

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The Best Treatment for Toenail Fungus

At Toe Laser Center we offer Toenail fungus removal with the Cutera GenesisPlus laser. It is the best way to take care of toe nail fungus because it kills fungus at the source by emitting pulses of light that destroy the fungus without damaging the nail or nail bed(the skin under the nail). The procedure only takes 10-20 minutes to painlessly destroy the fungus without any side effects or risks.

Compared to other treatments for toenail fungus out there, why is the GenesisPlus laser so much better? Unlike the GenesisPlus laser other treatment options are less effective and take longer to see results. Anti fungal creams are the cheapest treatment method for toenail fungus but are also the least effective.  Cream treatments need to be taken for an extended period of time in order to truly see results but the results are not permanent and can be very underwhelming.

Anti fungal pills attack the infection but can also lead to severe side effects and can be very expensive. Some risks concerning
anti fungal pills heart and liver failure and can also interact badly with any other medicine you are taking. While you are taking these pills you will need to be supervised by a doctor just in case certain symptoms arise. As effective as oral medicine can be it is not a cure for long term toenail fungus issues.


An insight into Onychomycosis (Toe Nail Fungus).

What is Toenail fungus and how do you get it?

Toenail fungus, known by physicians as Onychomycosis, affects about half of Americans by the age of 70. It is actually relatively rare in kids, but the incidence increases as we grow older. It is a living organism that thrives in dark, damp environments such as under and around nails. Fungus infections occur when microscopic fungi gain entry by way of a small trauma in the nail. The nail itself provides a protective covering that allows the fungus to grow underneath. An accumulation of keratinous debris is usually found beneath the free edge of the infected nail. Symptoms of toenail fungus, which may be caused by several types of fungi, include swelling, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail, streaks or spots down the side of the nail, and even complete loss of the nail. Toenail color can vary from brown or yellow to white with this condition. Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow slower. It occurs generally on the big or small toe, but might occur on any toe. If left untreated, the skin becomes inflamed and painful underneath and around the nail. There could also be white or yellow patches on the nail bed or scaly skin next to the nail. There’s usually no pain or other bodily symptoms, unless the disease is severe. People with Onychomycosis may go through significant psychosocial problems due to the appearance of the nail, especially when fingers – which are always visible – as opposed to toenails are affected.

Who gets Toenail Fungus?

Some people are more susceptible than others, and contract it with mild to severe symptoms. Toenail fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools, and can be passed among family members. Athletes and people who wear tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery that cause trauma to the toes or keep the feet from drying out are at higher risk. The condition can also spread from one toe to another, or to other parts of the body. Also, if you have an abnormal pH level on your skin or some form of trauma to the nail. Poor hygiene of the foot can allow the fungus in your feet to grow and spread. Some estimates are that over 10% of the North American population has fungus of the toenails, and it is one of the most common ailments that foot specialists attend to.