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Michael E. Newman, DPM
Plymouth Meeting (610) 941-6111


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A fungal nail infection is about four times more likely to occur in the toes than in the fingers, and it can affect the entire nail. Symptoms of a fungal toenail infection include discoloration of the nail and thickening of the nail. While it may seem benign and therefore largely ignored, if a fungal nail infection is allowed to spread, it can lead to cellulitis or osteomyelitis. Besides exposure to a fungus, conditions that can lead to an infection include wearing shoes and socks that keep the feet sweaty. The fungus thrives in a moist, warm atmosphere, common around gym locker rooms and swimming pool shower areas. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and psoriasis, can increase the risk of such an infection. Men, especially those older than 60 are more likely to develop a fungal toenail infection. Treatment of a fungal toenail infection includes antifungal tablets or paint, and laser treatments. If a new nail begins to grow under the affected one, that is a sign that the treatment is working. For details, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Pennsylvania. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Plymouth Meeting and Ambler, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Many elderly people who have chronic foot pain assume it is from the aging process. Any level of foot pain is considered to be abnormal, and it is beneficial to explore reasons why current foot pain exists. Having foot pain may be a gateway toward health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, or poor circulation, and addressing it as soon as possible may help to prevent these types of conditions from becoming worse. Good foot care habits for seniors can include trimming the toenails straight across instead of in a curved fashion, which may help to prevent ingrown toenails from developing. Additionally, after the feet are washed and dried daily, the soles can be inspected for any cuts or scrapes that have developed. It is beneficial to be under the care of a podiatrist during these years who can advise you on proper measures for implementing good foot care. It is important to choose shoes that have ample room for the toes to move freely in, with enough room to pinch the material on the sides or top of the shoe. If you have specific concerns about foot care for elderly people, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with expert knowledge.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Tuesday, 18 July 2023

Caring for Dry, Cracked Heels

The heels of the feet can become cracked from severe dryness. This can happen from cold, dry weather, walking barefoot, or hot showers. Diabetics can be prone to cracked heels because their illness decreases the natural oils in the feet. Cracked heels can itch, cause pain, and be unsightly. If not tended to, the cracks can turn into fissures, which can bleed and are prone to infection. Tips for preventing and treating this condition include adequate hydration, short baths and showers with water that is not too hot, use of gentle, fragrance-free soaps so feet can retain more of their natural oils, and frequent moisturizing of the feet. Petroleum jelly can be applied to the heels before bed, and socks can be worn to protect bed sheets, as well as to further moisturize the feet. Wearing closed shoes and socks that fit well can help protect against cracked heels. If you have cracked heels that are not responding to home care or if the cracks are worsening or appear infected, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for more effective treatment and restoration of the heels to their smooth, healthy state.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Pennsylvania. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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