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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 01, 2019
Category: Toenail Fungus

Discolored, thickened toenails that are crumbly on the edges and peeling signal a fungal infection. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists we find that many patients put off getting fungal toenails treated because they may not cause pain initially. But these infections often lead to secondary bacterial or yeast infections around the nail plate which can be quite painful and inhibit your ability to walk. Fungal infections can also spread to other parts of the body and other people. For this reason, it’s imperative that you get any suspicious-looking toenails evaluated promptly by our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, so that he can prescribe the proper treatment.

Of course, not getting a fungal toenail infection in the first place is even better than having one successfully treated.

Take the following precautions to reduce your risk of a fungal toenail infection:

  1. Always wear flip flops or shower shoes when using public facilities like community pools, gyms and sports clubs.
  2. Keep feet dry. If you sweat profusely, carry and extra pair of socks and change as soon as you notice your feet feel damp.
  3. Use a talcum or anti-fungal foot powder.
  4. Wash feet daily with soap and water and dry completely before putting on socks or shoes.
  5. Choose shoes made of breathable materials that fit well and are not tight in the toe box area.
  6. Don’t share nail clippers, files or pedicure tools with anyone. If you get professional pedicures, be sure your salon follows the proper sanitizing procedures for foot baths and tools.
  7. If someone in your household has a fungal infection, disinfect showers between uses and do not use the same towels or any other items that may touch the infected person’s feet.

These simple tips can help you avoid contracting a fungal nail or other bacterial or viral foot infection. If you have concerns about any of your toenails, contact our Cromwell office today by calling: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
April 27, 2017
Category: Toenail Fungus
Tags: fungal nails  

If the answer is yes, don’t bury your toes in the sand this summer just because you have unsightly toe nails. Fungal nails can be difficult to treat but Adam Mucinskas, DPM understands podiatric treatment and has plenty of tips to make sure your feet are ready for the beach this year.

Five Fun Tips to help you Fight Nail Fungus  (say that ten times fast)

Don’t Share ~ Your Mama may have taught you to share but this time it’s ok NOT to. When you are getting your feet ready for your Spring Pedi make sure the tools are brand new or cleaned properly before you let your attendant touch your feet. Another option is to bring your own tools. If the tools aren’t sterile and bacteria is still clinging to the edge, it could very easily transfer to you and cause a nasty infection.

Vinaigrette Feet? ~ Yes, cider vinegar has some healing properties that can fight fungus, who knew it was good for more than just salad. Mix it in with warm water and give your feet a good soak,  This should shield some bad fungi and fight the odds in the salon.

Frolic in the Sun ~ Fungus thrives in moist dark places, so let your feet out of the shade and into the warmth. Set them free with some natural exposure to the sun whenever you can. This will help keep them dry and eventually fungus free.

Sock Safety ~ Warm and fuzzy is great in the winter when your feet are cold but trapping your feet too long in the wrong type of socks can be bad. Let them breathe in cotton and keep the potential fungal growth to a minimum. Change them when they get wet and do not re-use them even after they are dry, the bacteria can still live there, waiting to get back in.

High and Dry ~ Keeping your feet dry is a key factor in killing fugus since bacteria can’t grow without moisture. Sneakers are notorious for attracting sweat throughout the day and leather can have the same effect. Using a towel to pad your feet dry is probably the most convenient but a blow dryer is a cool idea too.

If you suspect fungal nail has already set in to one or more of your toes call Feet First Foot Care LLC in Cromwell, Ct. at 860-632-5499 for an appointment. Catch it early so your feet can enjoy the sun and sand too! 

By Dr. Mucinskas
January 21, 2013
Category: Toenail Fungus
Tags: Laser   Toenail Fungus   Onychomycosis  

 

We are pleased to announce that as of the end of 2012 the PinPointe Foot Laser has been made available to our Patients for the treatment of toenail fungus (onychomycosis).  This is a simple, pain free method of treating the infection that causes the unsightly yellowing and thickening of the toenails.  Prior to the laser the two main treatments for toenail fungus were topical medications which have few side effects but poor results, or pills which had good results but a poor side effect profile.  Unlike harsh oral medications there are no side effects from the laser and no danger of damaging your liver while providing a similar cure rate.  Our Laser FAQ sheet is provided below to answer your questions.  To learn more please feel free to call our office or schedule your free Laser Consultation!

FAQs:

Q: How does the PinPointe Foot Laser work?

A: PinPointe Foot Laser uses laser light to target the fungus that lives in and under the nail. As the laser passes through the nail, the fungus is heated, without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. Although the infection is treated, the nail will not become instantly clear. Improvement in the nail appearance is seen as the nail grows out in about 4-6 months.

Q: What can I expect before the treatment?

A: Your doctor will bring you in for a consultation to explain the PinPointe procedure, patient expectations, pre- and post- treatment protocol and any follow-up visits that may be required.

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Most patients experience no pain or discomfort during the PinPointe treatment. Some patients may feel a warming sensation and an isolated few may feel a slight pinprick.

Q: Is there a recovery period?

A: No. The PinPointe treatment is a quick outpatient procedure. You can return to your normal activities immediately.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

A: The PinPointe procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to treat all ten toes.

Q: Will the fungus grow back?

A: PinPointe treatment results are temporary and due to the contagious nature of nail fungus, reinfection is possible. Your doctor will recommend post treatment care to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.

Q: When is it safe to paint my nails following treatment?

A: You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important that you remove all nail polish the day before your PinPointe treatment.

Q: Is the procedure covered by insurance?

A: This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. Many offices accept HSA, Medical IRA, or Flexible Spending Account to cover the cost of the procedure.

Q: How long has the PinPointe Foot Laser been in use?

A: Clinical studies for the treatment of onychomycosis with PinPointe began in November 2007.

Q: Is the PinPointe Foot Laser FDA cleared?

A: Yes. In fact, PinPointe was the first laser device to receive FDA clearance for the temporary improvement in clear nail growth.



 








 

 

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