Posts for: March, 2012
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our Springfield office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips from Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois for avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our Springfield office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
Clear, healthy toenails attract positive attention poolside, in the yoga studio, or at annual footsie tournaments; and for most Americans, summertime means kicking off the shoes and socks, and slipping into a pair of sandals or flip flops. Unfortunately, nearly twenty-five million Americans will not be able to do this because they are infected with a toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis.
There’s a fungus among us! Fungal infections can be caught in common places like gym locker rooms, swimming pools, and nail salons. This condition poses both physical and cosmetic problems for those affected and it may cause nail discoloration and deformity. In some cases, it may also cause pain and discomfort while walking and is often perceived as a social stigma, deterring those affected from enjoying routine activities, such as wearing open toe shoes or taking off their shoes in the company of others.
While much progress has been made in identifying the causes of this condition, treatment options have been largely limited to oral drugs that are associated with adverse side effects, and prescription topicals that have not been proven effective.
CUTTING EDGE LASER TREATMENT TO COMBAT TOENAIL FUNGUS
Now, this horrible condition can be effectively treated in as little as 2-3 fifteen minute treatments with the GenesisPlus laser system available at the Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois. The laser attacks the fungus without the use of prescription medications, home remedies, or extraction of the nail. Treatments are painless. There is no anesthesia or pain injection. There are no drugs or side effects. The great news is that there is no downtime after each treatment; and for 70-80% of the patients, the nail begins to clear in a few months. The GenesisPlus laser puts patients’ safety and comfort first and is FDA cleared.
The Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois is the only medical clinic in central Illinois that has this technology. If you want to fight the fungus among us, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Sigle today!
FOOT AND ANKLE TRAUMA
If you or a loved one has an injury that requires a trip to the emergency room you will likely be referred to a specialist. Most people are not aware that you can request to be seen by any specialist you would prefer.
MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE
Most often you get the on call doctor. Not all physicians specialize in foot and ankle trauma. You may get lucky and have the on call doctor be a foot and ankle specialist. Unfortunately, most of the time you will get an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knees, hips, or shoulders. While treatment of the foot and ankle may be covered under their license, they are likely not up to date on current treatments, and certainly are not seeing foot and ankle conditions on a daily basis. You would be much better off requesting a board certified foot and ankle specialist to treat your condition; and you will be much more likely to get the results that you’re looking for.
I have extensive experience and training in foot and ankle trauma and did an extra year of training under one of the most respected foot and ankle surgeons in the world. So, the next time you are injured and go the emergency room, request to be seen or consulted to Dr. John Sigle at the Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois. You will receive the proper treatment and get back on your feet as soon as possible. You will rest much easier knowing that you have received the right treatment.
John Sigle, DPM
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