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Now Through the End of March 2021, we are offering a special price of $180 for laser treatment of fungal toenails which includes 3 sessions of all 10 nails!

This is $75 off our regular price!

We are also offering any patient who has alrady had our laser treatment 3 additional touch up sessions for $125!

Have you noticed you, or a loved onces nails turning different color, becoming brittle, thick or unsightly?  If so than you may be suffering from nail fungus.  

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, we have a safe, non-painful, state of the art laser system to help.  This laser system uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate the body's natural ability to heal by drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area being treated.  This then allows the nail to grow out healthier and more natural appearing.  Our poviders have treated thougsands of nails with this sytstem and are excited to provide a discount for you to improve your nails as well.  

You must call before 3/31/21 to receive this special price!

If you have questions about this offer or any other foot/ankle condition, please call our office at 972-542-2155

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
January 18, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sprain   Fractured Foot   Broken Bone  
Did I Break My FootWhether you took a bad tumble or your child had a rough collision while playing sports, it’s important that you do not just recognize the signs of a broken foot but that you also seek immediate medical attention. Of course, we know that it isn’t always easy to differentiate a break from a sprain. Here are some signs that your foot is broken and need to be seen by a qualified podiatrist,
  • Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
  • Pain that is directly above a bone
  • Pain that is worse with movement
  • Bruising and severe swelling
  • A cracking sound at the moment of injury
  • A visible deformity or bump
  • Can’t put weight on the injured foot
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of a fractured foot or ankle they must turn to a podiatrist for care. We can diagnose, set, and treat all types of fractures; however, if the bone is dislocated or looks severely broken (a visible bump or deformity appears on the foot) it’s a good idea to head to your local ER.
 
How can I tell the difference between a break and a sprain?

The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
 
How is a broken bone in the foot treated?

Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
 
If you are on the fence about whether or not to see a podiatrist about your injury, why not simply give us a call? We can discuss your symptoms on the phone to determine whether we can take a wait-and-see approach or whether you need to come in right away for care.

An Adult toenail takes 6 months to a year to fully grow out. Soaking your feet a few times in Vinegar and water will likely not yield the results you may be looking for. With that said it can be a helpful part of your treatment plan. 

There are many ways to treat nail fungus with varying degrees of success. If using only topical medications you have to be diligent about putting them on in the prescribed manor. You also have to prevent reinfection from your shoes and enviornment. 

There are also oral medications and laser treatments that can help get rid of your nail fungus. On occasion nails that look fungal may actually not be fungal-it can be another condition entirely. Its important that you treat your nail fungus as it can lead to ingrown nails and recurring skin infections. 

See your Podiatrist at Advanced Foot and Ankle to discuss appropriate treatment. 

Sincerely,

Advanced Foot & Ankle

972.542.2155

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
January 05, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  
What To Do About BlistersEverything from wearing shoes that are a little too loose to increasing the number of miles you run can leave you dealing with painful blisters on your feet. Blisters can be quite a nuisance, making it difficult to move around, especially when wearing shoes. If you deal with blisters rather regularly here are some simple ways to treat the problem.
 
Keep the Blister Intact

If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
 
Keep Popped Blisters Clean

If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
 
Drain the Blister Yourself

You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
 
Replace Bandages Daily

You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
 
Of course, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, you mustn't try to drain or treat the blister yourself. Even something as small as a blister could become infected or lead to serious complications. You should see your podiatrist right away for any blisters that develop on your feet.
 
If you develop signs of infection such as pus, increased redness, or swelling of the blister, you must see your podiatrist right away for treatment. While blisters aren’t usually a cause for concern in most healthy individuals, it’s also important that you practice good foot care to prevent blisters from happening.
By Advanced Foot and Ankle Center
December 30, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

What's the best way to take care of your feet and ankles? We suggest routine check-ups with one of our four podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX. Fully board-certified, Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Dustin Lloyd, Dr. Christopher Witt, and Dr. Melissa Sgro have the experience and diagnostic and treatment skills to keep your feet and ankles in tip-top shape. And, they are invaluable in the case of an injury or other urgent problem.

Just what is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist or foot doctor is an expert in all things foot and ankle. Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, podiatrists study diseases and other problems associated with your lower extremities. They heal infections, protect injuries and deformities, correct biomechanical imbalances in how you walk and run, and more.

And yes, even common, but stubborn, issues such as Athlete's foot and fungal toenails fall under their purview. So, if you're worried about your feet and ankles in any way, see your podiatrist at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney, TX.

Also, you should know that your foot doctor will work with your primary care physician and other health care providers so your treatment is accurate. He or she will review your medical history, prescriptions, past injuries, and the details on your presenting problem.

We offer in-office X-ray imaging, too. This is so convenient and reassuring as your podiatrist will review your images right at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney, TX, or Prosper, TX.

See us right away

Not all foot and ankle problems are urgent. However, many are, particularly if you are:

  • Of advanced age (begin routine podiatric exams at 40)
  • Have compromising arthritis or gout
  • Are diabetic
  • Have been diagnosed with neuropathy (pain and reduced sensation)
  • Cannot bear weight as usual (have pain and/or swelling)
  • Have an open wound or sore which will not heal, particularly if it is draining
  • Have a developing bunion, hammertoes, flat feet, or other deformities
  • Cannot trim your toenails yourself or have one or more ingrown nails
  • Require a recommendation on athletic shoes
  • Have repeat ankle sprains, warts, corns, and calluses

You'll be treated right

At Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, Drs. Silvers, Lloyd, Wit, and Sgro are feet-first health care providers. They'll take good care of you at either the McKinney or Prosper, TX, location. Phone our office team for an appointment with one of these wonderful podiatrists: (972) 542-2155.





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