Podiatrists diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders of the feet.
The average American walks or runs 75,000 miles by the time they reach age 50--that's the equivalent of walking around the world three times!
A patient may be referred to a podiatrist for medical treatment or surgery if they suffer from conditions that affect the feet, such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, foot malformations, calluses, corns, bunions, hammer toes, ulcers and wounds. Other foot conditions include arch support problems, foot or ankle trauma, or running injuries including heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and tarsal tunnel syndrome. Podiatrists may also make orthotic devices to treat specific foot or walking problems.
Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Nail fungus, also referred to as onychomycosis, is a common condition estimated to affect up to 10 percent of the population worldwide. It can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. As the infection advances, the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when performing daily duties or even walking.
You may suffer from nail fungus infection if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Discolored, distorted or thickened nails
- Yellow streaks under the nail
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails
- Nails separated from the underlying skin
- Buildup of debris (nail fragments, skin, etc.) under the nail
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
Current treatments for nail infection include oral medication, topical drugs and laser treatment. Laser treatment for toenail fungus is quick and painless, performed without anesthesia and has shown high success rates. It is a good option for those who are not ideal candidates for oral antifungal therapy or have not responded to therapy. It is also a good option for people who are not able to or do not want to take oral medications.