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Posts for: August, 2013

I have been treating patient's with onychomycosis (fungal nails) for years in my office.  The newest treatment we offer is a laser treatment for this condition.  Patients are turning to this procedure in greater numbers.   The procedure does not involve ingesting a medication for three months that is somewhat toxic to the liver.  It does not involve applying a topical antifungal solution to the nails twice a day for 6 months or longer and still having a relatively low chance of success.   The laser treatment involves a visit to our office where I grind the fungal nails down to make them thin.  I then have a certified laser technician come to my office with a very expensive and high powered laser machine.  By "renting" the laser machine I ensure that I always have the most up to date product to use.  Podiatrists who buy the laser machines will likely hesitate to buy a new one every couple of  years. The treatment takes about 20 minutes total to administer to all ten toenails.  The success rate is as high or higher than taking the pills and again much safer.  The cost of the treatment is 850 dollars and there are no guarentees.  However, if you are sick of thick, discolored and sometimes painful toenails, it seem a good option considering the safety and success ratios.  Call us at 203-853-6570 and schedule an appointment to be properly evaluated to see if you are a good candidate for the treatment.

Ingrown toenails are one of the most common conditions that we see on a daily basis.  They can be very tender and may lead to infections.  In a healthy individual, the chance of further complications is slim.  However, if a patient is diabetic, has poor circulation or is immunocompromised, serious complications such as spreading infection to the blood or bone is possible.   Ingrown toenails can be caused by an injury, among other things.  The injury can take the form of someone stepping on the toe or the patient slamming the toe into something.  Many times we see the injury in the form of poorly fitting shoes either putting pressure on the area or the foot sliding back and forth in the shoe, resulting in a trauma to the nail border.  Ingrown nails can also start by incorrect cutting of the nails.  They can also result from a disease of the nail such as a fungus or rheumatoid arthritis.  Often, people are just genetically prone to ingrown nails.  Most ingrown toenails are easily treated at our office (East Avenue Podiatry), by removing the offending portion of the nail utilizing a spray or injection for anesthesia when necessary.   Due to having the proper instruments and experience, this is a rather simple procedure and results in immediate relief.  For reoccuring ingrown nails, a permanent fix can be obtained by removing the nail border and applying a medicine to the nail root which prevents the ingrown portion of the nail from regrowing.  I encourage anyone experiencing tenderness or pain along a nail border to call our office for an appointment at 203-853-6570.  This problem only gets worse with time if left untreated. 

My wife and I just helped move our first born into his college dorm room.  In the controlled chaos of trying to buy all that our children need for college, footwear can be overlooked.  Ofcourse, some of this is personal preference and style.  Most boys will care less than women about what they wear on their feet.   They will also likely have a lot less shoes.   For my son, sneakers are the choice of the day.  As a podiatrist, I often advise my patients, family and friends to wear a good walking or running sneaker as often as possible.  I especially like New Balance because they tend to fit feet well.  They come in many widths extending from a narrow A to 6E.  These type of shoes also provide good arch support and cushioning.  Our college students should also have boots to deal with wet and snowy conditions.  OK, if they are at Arizona State University, these may not be needed.  I would also suggest some sort of flip flop.  Now, if you follow my blogs, you will be surprised to hear me say this.  Flip flops provide no support and are awful for our feet.  I do not want to see anyone wear them as the shoe of the day.  The purpose for the college student is to wear them into the public showers.  The warm,  wet environment of these showers provide a perfect breeding ground for fungus and bacteria.  Wearing flip flops provide a layer of protection versus direct foot contact with the floor.  Well, I wish all our college students good luck with their studies and good health.  

Those warm summer nights are coming to a close and it is time for the pre-school shopping spree.  Among those items our little ones may need are new shoes.  I would like to help you buy shoes that will be healthy for the young one.   The following are features to look for in any new shoes.  Ofcourse, proper fit is essential.  It is important to make sure the shoe has a proper width, as well as length.  Some shoes will come in various widths.  New Balance sneakers range from A width to 6E.  The next feature to look for is a good amount of arch support.  Our feet were never meant to function on the hard surfaces we walk on.  They still would prefer sand or grass.  Proper arch support is essential to maintain the foot in a proper position throughout the gait cycle.  Next, a solid heel counter.  If you hold the back part of the shoe and squeeze it, the shoe should not easily fold in.  Another characteristic of the shoe is that it should bend in a similar fashion as your foot.  Therefore, if you bend the toe portion of the shoe upwards, it should not fold up in the middle of the arch, but slightly behind where you toes would be.  I hope this is helpful.  For a more accurate description, visit us at East Avenue Podiatry in Norwalk, CT.  We are located at 148 East Ave., Suite 1D, Norwalk, Connecticut, 06851   Call 203-853-6570 or email at [email protected]

I would like to provide all my contact information on this media for your convenience.  The address is as follows:

Dr. Lonnie Resnick

East Avenue podiatry

148 East Ave., Suite 1D

Norwalk, Connecticut, 06851

The phone number is:     203 – 853 – 6570.

The fax number is:     203 – 939 – 9779.

We can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]

I certainly hope this information is helpful and we look forward to providing great service for your foot needs.  Your quality of life is very important to us.