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August 07, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

One foot problem that you certainly don’t want to reoccur is toenail fungus. It makes your toes smelly and unattractive. At its worse, it could toenail funguscause the loss of a whole toenail, which may affect your ability to walk comfortably throughout the day. Find out how you can get control of chronic toenail fungus and reclaim your toe health with the help of a podiatrist at American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Sun City or Scottsdale, AZ.

The Causes of Toenail Fungus
If you are a swimmer or athlete you are more likely to develop toenail fungus. That’s because the fungus thrives in wet, warm places and is easily spread in these environments. Athletes spend a lot of time in sweaty sneakers, which is why they often have problems with fungus. Someone who already has athlete’s foot on the skin is more prone to getting a toenail fungus as well. People who share public showers without wearing protective shoes often develop toenail fungus.

When It's Chronic 
If you apply an over-the-counter treatment for toenail fungus and it reoccurs soon after, you may have a chronic case. Sometimes the fungus comes back simply because you continue to do the same activities that caused the infection in the first place. In other cases, you just have a stubborn fungal infection that needs a more aggressive treatment by a Sun City or Scottsdale podiatrist.

Podiatric Treatment for Chronic Toenail Fungus
In cases of chronic toenail fungus, your podiatrist will likely recommend a prescription anti-fungal powder, spray, cream, or pill (or a combination of these). If needed, part of the infected nail may be debrided by your foot doctor. In addition to using the anti-fungal agent exactly as prescribed, you’ll need to do the following going forward:

- Properly clean and thoroughly dry your toenails each day.
- Dry your feet immediately after coming out of a pool or shower.
- Clip the nails regularly and neatly.
- Avoid sharing shoes and socks with others—wear clean ones daily. 

Get Your Toenails Healthy Again
All it takes is one call to American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Sun City or Scottsdale, AZ to get help with chronic toenail fungus. A podiatrist can recommend a fast and effective treatment. Call today to set up a foot consultation with Dr. Michael Stegman or Dr. John Erotas.

February 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

Fungus is something that lives in warm and moist areas. This is why the toenails are a great breeding ground for fungal infections. toenail fungusFungal toenails occur in people of all ages. Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas at American Foot & Ankle Specialists, in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ, are fungal toenails specialists, and can examine your toes and determine the best course of treatment for your infection.

More About Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus first begins as a skin infection known as athlete’s foot. The fungus starts under the fold of the nail toward the end. Over a period of time, it will continue to grow underneath the nail and change into a yellow or brown discoloration. It can even lead to deformity of the nail itself. Fungal nails often become thicker than normal and can break fairly easily. This is because fungus builds up under the nail, which loosens and separates the nail from the bed.

Treating fungal toenails in Sun City and Scottsdale will depend on how bad your particular infection is. The older you are, the more likely you are to get fungal toenails. Also, individuals with a weak immune system or diabetes, who smoke or whose family members have experienced them are more susceptible to fungal toenails too. Dr. Stegman and Dr. Erotas at American Foot & Ankle Specialists can use a variety of treatments to treat your infection successfully. Some of these treatments include:

  • Antifungal prescription
  • Topical nail lacquer
  • Topical cream (applied directly to the nail)
  • Removing the damaged area (whether the nail and/or skin)

In the most severe cases, the entire nail may need to be removed.

Treating Fungal Toenails in Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ

Ultimately, many people have difficulty with their toenails and need assistance from Dr. Stegman and Dr. Erotas at American Foot & Ankle Specialists. To schedule a consultation to discuss your fungal toenails today, call their Sun City or Scottsdale, AZ, podiatry office at 623-977-8388 or 480-483-9000.


Difficulties of Nail Fungus


Toenail fungus is one of the common problems that I treat at my podiatry offices.  They cause nails to become discolored, hardened, and even sharp.  For diabetics, this can be a severe problem that leads to cuts and infections of the feet. 


Toenail fungus can be embarrassing, especially when you take off your shoes or climb into bed.  Furthermore, this fungus is also extremely contagious.  It can live in your socks and shoes making it virtually impossible to get rid of.  It can also jump from person to person as it also can live in your bedsheets. 


Treatment Of Nail Fungus 

Toenail fungus is known as onychomycosis and tinea unguium and affestms almost everyone at some point in their lives. The best thing for you to do is a see one of our podiatrists and receive immediate toenail treatment.  Conservative treatments include prescription anti-fungal medication or laser treatments that kill fungus under the nail.  


The quickest method is laser treatments that often get rid of nail fungus after one to two treatments and in this way, make it difficult for fungus to persist and spread.  Sometimes, a surgical procedure is recommended but this only only reserved for extreme cases where the nail poses a serious threat to the patients and is causing tremendous pain.   


This type of fungus likes to live in warm and moist environments.  Walking barefoot in the gym bathroom or steam room is one way people repeatedly become infected by nail fungus.  Now, that it is summer, you want to be able to walk barefoot and with treatment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we make sure that we get rid of this fungus as quickly as possible.  Your loved one’s are at risk due to the contagious nature of toenail fungus, which is why it is essential to see a podiatrist as quickly as possible.  


Schedule Your Consultation Today!


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we guarantee success.  Patients have come to see us at our Sun City podiatry and Scottsdale podiatry offices for over twenty years because time and time again we solve their foot problems.  

Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By John Erotas

By American Foot & Ankle Specialists
June 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

Whether you live in a temperate climate where it is sandals and flip flops weather year round, or spend ten months out of the year looking forward to a short but blissful eight weeks of summer, nothing can kill warm weather fun faster than having to throw on a pair of toenail fungussocks and sneakers in 80 or 90 degree weather to hide discolored and deformed fungal toenails.

Treatment for Fungal Toenails in Sun City

Also known as onychomycosis and tinea unguium, nail fungus is incredibly common and affects almost everyone at some point. If you've ever had athlete's foot (tinea pedis), you've experienced the fungus, between the toes instead of under the toenails. Onychomycosis causes a range of symptoms, and mild cases may only cause slight discoloration that shows up as a yellow or white spot under the toenail. Milder cases with little to no symptoms may not require treatment, and certainly won't cause embarrassment over an exposed toe at a summer picnic or beach outing. But once they develop, fungal infections tend to spread and return, even after treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Fungus can cause the affected nails to thicken, become separated from the nail bed, become brittle and ragged, change colors (yellow, gray or brown), and can become painful.

Most cases can be treated conservatively through self care methods like therapeutic foot soaks and over the counter medication. If at home treatments don't work, or the infection is severe, a foot doctor may prescribe anti-fungal medication or apply laser treatments to kill the fungus under the nail and prevent it from spreading. Surgical treatment for toenail fungus is rare and usually reserved for extreme cases where the nail is causing considerable pain. Diabetic patients should seek treatment from a podiatrist at the first sign of any symptoms or infections anywhere on the feet or ankles.

Find a Podiatrist in Sun City

For more information on treatment for fungal toenails and other foot related problems, contact American Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sun City, AZ by calling (623) 977-8388 to request an appointment today.


Removing Toenail Fungus 


If you have yellow, hardened, disfigured nails, you are most likely suffering from embarassing toenail fungus.  It is vital to consult a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists to treat this nail fungus because of how contagious toenail fungus is. 


It can live in socks, shoes, and on bed sheets and jump onto the people around you.   Toenail fungus can be embarrassing to walk around barefoot or wear sandals.  Fortunately, by seeing a foot doctor, you can receive immediate treatment that will remove nail fungus.  


If you are diabetic, it is particularly important to receive treatment for nail fungus because hard, disfigured nails may cut the feet and lead to an infection.  Infection, if unnoticed, is the main cause of diabetic complications.  


Treating Contagious Fungus With A Podiatrist


Because the fungus is extremely contagious and can live anywhere, it is important to wash your bed sheets often, do not wear socks more than once without cleaning them, and sanitize your shoes.  Otherwise, fungus may keep jumping back onto your feet.  


Fungus lives in warm, moist environments like swimming pools and showers.  If using a public shower or public locker room, avoid puddles or wear sandals. 


Treatments found in pharmacies like CVS often aren't strong enough to quickly kill fungus and people often get caught in a cycle of treatment and re-infection.  It is best to use the medicine prescribed by a podiatrist because it kills fungus quickly.  


The first line of treatment is medicated nail cream, which you rub into your nails after soaking.  A more powerful medication applies an acidic solution to kill fungus.   


In more severe cases, Laser light therapies and nail removal may be used to remove fungus.  If your nail infection is painful, the doctor may recommend removing your nail.  


Schedule Your Consultation With A Podiatrist Today!


Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman are both podiatrists with over 20 years of experience treating nail fungus and are confident that they can help you eliminate toenail fungus for good. 


As Phoenix based podiatrists, our sole focus is on patient satisfaction and curing patients of medical conditions that negatively impact their lives.  We look forward to helping you achieve healthy, clean, and attractive looking feet.  


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have two phoenix locations in Sun City and Scottsdale.  Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By Michael Stegman