Patients Ask: Can You Get a Pedicure If You Have Foot Fungus?

Posted by on Monday, September 17th, 2018

Do you worry about the condition of your feet before getting a pedicure? Are you concerned your foot problems could prohibit you from seeking help from a foot spa worker or nail technician? If you’ve asked: can you get a pedicure if you have foot fungus? Believe it or not, the answer is “yes.”

“We’ve seen it all—from the beautiful feet to the warted feet,” assures Irene, a pedicurist at Fifi Nail Salon in NYC.

People ask salon workers all the time about various foot issues they worry are “weird” or “strange,” but the professionals say, in most cases, it’s something they’ve seen quite often. On occasion, they may point out a wart so you can have it addressed by a doctor or will let you know they plan to work down a built-up callus. Part of your visit can be educational, but shouldn’t scare you from facing your feet.

Can You Get a Pedicure If You Have Foot Fungus?
If you’ve asked: can you get a pedicure if you have foot fungus? Believe it or not, the answer is “yes.” [Image Source: Shutterstock]

Ingrown Toenail Surgery May Be the Only Solution to Treating Those Pesky, Recurring Ingrown Toenails

Posted by on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

About 7.1 million Americans are treated by podiatrists for ingrown toenails each year. This common problem often stems from toenail trauma—stubbing the toe or dropping something on it, for example. And, shoes with tight toe boxes certainly don’t help. When treated properly, ingrown toenails often resolve without incident. Sometimes you can treat ingrown toenails at home, but recurring cases could mean that there’s a need for ingrown toenail surgery.

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Minor instances of ingrown toenails may be treated at home, but an NYC podiatrist will set you on the right course immediately. [Image Source: Unsplash user Juja Han]

The Top Home Remedies For Toenail Problems

Posted by on Monday, February 26th, 2018

Toenail abnormalities are fairly common, but they can still be alarming to patients. The good news is that most of these issues can be treated fairly easily. Whether your nails are yellow, crumbling, or pushing into the surrounding skin, there are many simple home remedies for toenail problems that can help relieve your symptoms. Of course, a podiatrist can ease some of your concerns and offer next-level care if these measures fail to remedy your toenail problems. If the look of your nails really concerns you, a product called Keryflex can be applied in the office as a temporary cosmetic enhancement while the nail heals.

Keep your toenails happy and healthy with these home remedies.
Keep your toenails happy and healthy with these home remedies. Image Source: Unsplash user Kara Kupfer.

Children’s Toenail Problems: The Most Common Toenail Disorders For Kids

Posted by on Monday, October 30th, 2017

Even though fewer than 2% of pediatric visits involve concerns with nails, parents often experience anxiety when they notice discoloration, abnormal growth patterns, rough texture, or loss of the nail plate in their children’s toenails. They may fear fungal infections, bacteria, virus, or a more widespread disease. Diagnosis by non-experts is very difficult, so researchers recommend that you see a podiatrist for any children’s toenail problems. Still, it’s good to be informed about the conditions your child is most likely to experience, so here are the top ten toenails disorders commonly found in children.

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It’s important to get a professional opinion if your child is experiencing a toenail disorder. Image Source: PxHere.com

Does Your Child Have Toenail Fungus? Exploring Alternative Diagnoses

Posted by on Monday, July 17th, 2017

Often, parents bring their children to our office with a condition that looks like toenail fungus. But some patients have visited their primary care physicians and taken a course of oral antifungal medication before arriving at our NYC podiatry office—only to find that the reason the antifungal didn’t work was that they did not suffer from fungus at all! Here’s how to tell if your child really has toenail fungus and what other conditions may be occurring.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between different nail conditions, especially in pediatric patients.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between different nail conditions, especially in pediatric patients. Image Source: Pixabay user FeeLoona.

NYC Latinos & Hispanics Find A Friend Who Knows About Feet In Dr. Rivera

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2017

Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.

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Don’t Let Ingrown Toenails Get You Down This Spring!

Posted by on Friday, May 1st, 2015

Though the weather is barely breaking 60 degrees, we are getting close to at least imagining those warm, sunny days where it seems most prudent to wear sandals. Ingrown toenails are one foot-related issue that can really dampen your springtime fun. Not only do they look unsightly in sandals, but they are also downright painful! When the corners of the nails bite into the skin, redness, inflammation and purulence ensue. No one wants to kick off spring with an infection like that! Worse yet, ingrown toenails can quickly spiral into a limb-threatening condition for those with vascular disease, neuropathy or diabetes. The board-certified podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC discuss how to treat and prevent this common foot affliction.

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Ingrown toenails can be a portal into the body for harmful microbes, so do not delay in seeking professional care from a podiatrist! Image Source: Visua.ly

Runner’s Nails: What To Do About The Black & Blue

Posted by on Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Any avid runner knows that the sport is not always so glamorous. There are some days where we’re drowning in tears when one of our black toenails finally prepares to fall off. The average person may call this a “black and blue toenail” or “runner’s toe,” whereas a geek (or your non-geeky podiatrist!) might call it a “subungual hematoma” — which is a fancy way of saying “bruised toenail.” No matter what you call the condition, it ain’t pretty! The good news is: we know how to fix it!

Comprehensive Tips To Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Posted by on Monday, June 10th, 2013

Ingrown toenails are an impossible situation to tackle on your own. You will need to see a licensed and trained podiatrist to help you get your feet to a healthy state again. “Ingrown nails are not only painful, but they can also cause an infection in the toe,” says Dr. Katherine M. Lai of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. “Often, we will treat nails that repeatedly become ingrown with an in-office procedure that can remove the ingrown nail permanently.”

Dr. Lai explains that there are several procedures a patient might have, depending on the severity of the condition and the way the nail is growing. “Some of the ingrown nail procedures are: P&A (phenol and alcohol) procedure, where the ingrown nail is removed back to the nail root and phenol is applied to the root to stop the ingrown nail from growing back in; or Winograd procedure, where the ingrown nail, adjacent swollen skin, and the nail root are surgically cut out. The skin and rest of the nail are then stitched together.”

These procedures, done in a clinical setting, are the best way to prevent ingrown toenails from occurring. In addition to ingrown toenail surgery, there are several other steps you can take to keep your toenails growing properly and protect your toes from infection…

What Can I Do About My Ingrown Toenail?

Posted by on Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Ingrown toenails are one of the many common issues treated at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. We see people of all age groups come in with this type of injury. Often, the problem seems to occur for no real reason at all, but we find risk factors include: tight shoes, improper nail trimming, or foot injury. Sometimes the nail becomes infected and you’ll need to soak them in warm water with Epsom salts, apply antibiotic ointment, and stop in to see us for treatment. Generally, treatment is a quick outpatient procedure that allows you to return to work the same day.