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Blisters are a very common foot problem that is usually caused by excess rubbing on your footwear. Your skin responds to this friction by producing a pus-filled area on your skin. The fluid in a blister is most often clear, but it can also be slightly red or pink if bleeding is present. A yellow fluid discharge could be a sign of infection. Blisters can also be exacerbated by excessive perspiration and fungal or bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

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What Causes Blisters?

Blisters are often caused by shoes that are too tight, but they can also occur when shoes are too loose and your feet move around too much while rubbing on the interior. Always wear properly-fitted shoes with good arch support and extra room in the toe box.

The majority of blisters can be treated at home if they have no bleeding or signs of infection. By inserting a sterilized needle into the edge of the blister and draining out the pus, you keep the blister from popping and possible becoming more painful and infected.

  • Clean and sterilize—Wash the area with soap and warm water, then wipe the area down with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Prick the edge of the blister with a sterilized needle—Insert a sterilized needle into the edge of the blister where it meets the surrounding skin to puncture the blister.
  • Drain the fluid from the blister—Carefully squeeze the blister with a cotton ball and slowly push the pus out while keeping the skin intact to prevent future infection and help the healing process.
  • Bandage—Use hydrogen peroxide to clean the area and apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with a large bandaid or sterile bandage.

If you have hard-to-treat blisters on your feet, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
September 21, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

While nail fungus is more likely to spread in warm conditions, no matter what the temperature is outside the temperature in your shoes is still just right for the proliferation of fungal bacteria which can spread from your skin to your nails and vice versa. The fungi are also rather hardy and thrive in public areas such as shower rooms. When the fungi spread under your nail the result is not very attractive. The nail becomes brittle, yellow, and may emit a foul odor. Once nail fungus is entrenched it can be difficult to eradicate, which is why it is important to take steps to avoid getting an infection in the first place.

Some tips for preventing nail fungus include:

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry—Wash and dry your feet regularly and change socks often. It’s also a good idea to let your shoes air out between wearings by alternating them every other day or so.
  • Nail trimming—Since an ingrown toenail problem can lead to a fungal infection, it is very important to always trim your nails straight across rather than on a curve so that the edge of the nail won’t grow into the skin.
  • Breathable footwear—In addition to breathable and moisture wicking socks, it is important to wear shoes that are made with a breathable fabric such as Gortex.
  • Protect your feet—In public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers, it is important to wear shower shoes or sandals to minimize your contact with problematic bacteria and viruses.

If you notice any changes in the color or texture of your toenails that may include a terrible odor, then it is important to see a foot specialist for proper treatment. Topical or oral antifungal medicines may be prescribed and be sure to ask about our new laser treatment for fungal nails.

For more expert advice on nail fungus treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

 

 

 

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC/Ringwood/Flushing
July 20, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus   foot odor   pedicures  

Foot odor: it’s inconvenient, it’s embarrassing, it just plain stinks, and it’s an especial nuisance during the sweat-inducing summer months. With over 3,000 sweat glands per square inch of skin, it’s all-too easy for feet to produce less-than-lovable smells. 

Luckily, there are a number of simple steps you can take to prevent foot odor and treat smelly feet:

Establish a Daily Hygiene Routine

Wash your feet every day and dry them thoroughly. Clean your nails and toes using a cotton ball dipped in gentle disinfectant such as witch hazel or tea tree oil. It’s also important to keep your toenails trimmed and to file away any excess skin. This prevents the growth of toenail fungus.

In addition to these basic steps, you may find it helpful to incorporate foot powders and foot soaks into your foot care routine. You may want to invest in:

  • a pumice stone (for removing dead skin)
  • an emory board (for home pedicures)
  • an orange stick or Hindu stone (to push back cuticles)
  • pleasant-smelling essential oils and lotions (to soften and soothe the skin of your feet)

Rotate Your Shoes and Socks

It’s easy for shoes to accumulate foot sweat if you wear the same pair every day, so keep a variety of comfortable options in your wardrobe. Socks should also be changed every day, and it is recommended that you opt for moisture-wicking fabrics such as cotton or wool.

Change Your Diet

Your diet actively contributes to the growth of fungus and bacteria in your body, which highly affects your foot odor. Podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee recommend limiting your intake of refined carbohydrates and maintaining a diet rich in protein, healthy fats, and anti-inflammatory foods including:

  • leafy greens
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • blueberries
  • pineapple
  • walnuts
  • flax seeds
  • ginger
  • turmeric

For more professional advice on eliminating foot odor, schedule an appointment with a highly qualified foot doctor. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating foot odor and other common foot problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!

Toenail fungus affects approximately between two to eighteen percent of the world’s population, or about 35 million people. While the foot condition can be embarrassing to address, it can be easily managed with laser treatments. Laser treatment, which has been steadily growing in popularity, involves sending wavelengths of light to penetrate the nail bed to burst fungal spores. This delivers heat to the nail bed and causes a slight warming sensation for the patient. Laser removal is becoming the treatment of choice for toenail fungus, as topical treatments can take 6 to 12 months; while certain oral medications can be toxic to the liver.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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For many, having a pedicure done is a comforting activity that refreshes the feet. However, studies show that pedicures might not be as beneficial or even hygienic; having the possibility of causing unsanitary foot problems such toenail fungus.

According to Kim Kyle Morgan of Chron, customers with conditions like diabetes or a weak immune system can put themselves at risk when dealing with the procedures done to their feet during a basic pedicure. "Fungus can get caught up in the motor of whirlpool basins, releasing it again every time the motor revs up,” said Esther Jonas, a podiatrist at Kelsey-Seabold, "The ones without the whirlpool effect are much safer, and adding a disposable liner offers double protection".

There may be steps to avoid getting fungal toenails, but not step guarantees that this condition will never be a problem.  If you are suffering from fungal toenails you should seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.  

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

To learn more about Toenail Fungus and alternative treatments, follow link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices, which are located in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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