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September 2020

A fungal infection of the toenails is a very common condition that can cause the nails to become thickened, yellowed, or crumbly. This can sometimes lead to pain in the affected toenails. There are a variety of treatments available for fungal nail infections. Currently, a common treatment is an oral antifungal medication. While these medications have a high rate of curing the infection, it can take up to a year before you see visible results, and some people may experience side effects from taking the medication. Topical medications that are applied directly to the nail tend to have less side effects than oral medications, but are typically less effective. Some newer treatments, such as laser therapy, are still being studied, and have shown promising results thus far. If you have toenail fungus, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for treatment.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel of Summit Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Burgaw, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 21 September 2020 00:00

Why Is My Foot So Itchy?

Blistering, peeling, and dry skin between the toes are common symptoms of the foot condition known as athlete’s foot. Other symptoms can include a burning, stinging, or itching sensation, and in more severe cases, cracking of the skin. Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection. Because fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, to help prevent its spread, it’s important to wear proper footwear at public swimming pools, locker rooms, communal showers, and gyms. To keep the infection from getting worse, it’s important that you seek prompt treatment. Please visit a podiatrist if you believe you’ve developed this condition.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit Podiatry.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Burgaw, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

What is Achilles Tendinopathy?

The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects the back of the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendinopathy occurs when the Achilles tendon is stressed and experiences very small tears or other damage. “Tendinitis” refers to fresh damage, usually within 10 days, and once the inflammation has gone away and only the tears remain, “tendinopathy” occurs. Those suffering from Achilles tendinopathy typically have severe pain and weakening around the ankle. Symptoms usually worsen during physical activity, but relief may be found with heat or ice packs. Those who are experiencing Achilles tendinopathy should consult with a podiatrist. Pain management is the first step, and orthotics, ankle braces or walking boots may also be necessary.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel of Summit Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Burgaw, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Differences in Heel Size

The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and it is important to wear the right shoes for your chosen sport. The main differences between walking and running shoes is the amount of flexibility and stability. The heel is constructed differently in running shoes, and appears to be wider than in walking shoes. Additionally, it is beneficial to have the feet professionally measured, as this is helpful in determining what the correct size shoe is. If you would like more information about the differences between walking and running shoes, please speak to a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit Podiatry. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Burgaw, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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