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!

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