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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

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

Here are some quick tips to maximise your healing: 

#1 Listen to your doctor!

Usually for a foot fracture its no weight to minimal weight on your foot. Typically in a protective shoe, cast, or boot. Not just when you leave the house-- for every step you take, even in the house. 

Increase your protein, vitamin, and mineral intake. Increase antioxidants.

Do not smoke and avoid alcohol use.

Keep your follow up appointments to monitor your fractures progress. If your fracture is not healing in an appropriate amount of time your doctor may prescribe a bone stimulator, cold laser or other treatment modality to healing. 

Last but not least use common sense; If you are permited to walk in your boot that doesn’t mean go hiking etc.

Sincerely,

Advanced Foot & Ankle

972.542.2166

One of your toes has become so sore that you can hardly walk on it. It may be red or swollen,  closed shoe may make it worse. and the nail may or may not appear to be digging into the skin. These common podiatric symptoms likely stem from an ingrown toenail. The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX have seen and treated many ingrown toenails and offer medical solutions for this condition and ways to avoid future problems, and can ease your anxiety surrounding this condition. 

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail

Besides the pain, swelling, and redness, patients with ingrown toenails may have an infection with pus and and may even have an odor. The nail itself can discolor and separate from the nail bed. There may be some itchiness, and maybe  even some peeling, bleeding or a growth there. 

Medically-termed onychocryptosis, ingrown toenails plague people of all ages but more so occur with individuals who:

  • Are obese
  • Have diabetes
  • Are prone to abnormalities in gait and toe and foot structure
  • Experience pedal edema, or foot swelling, due to compromised circulation
  • Engage in athletic activities which involve repeated pressure on the foot and toes (such as running)
  • Wear shoes with improper fit (both too large or too small)
  • Children who experience a growth spurt 

What your foot doctor in McKinney and Prosper can do

Our podiatrists advise patients to seek professional care for ingrown toenails to prevent further damage and infection. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, your foot doctor will examine your feet. We may

  • Trim the intruding nail away from the skin
  • perform a perminent partial nail removal (matrixectomy) if warrented or chronic 
  • Prescribe an oral antibiotic and applying antibiotic ointment

Feet treated for ingrown toenails recover quickly, and people generally resume normal activities within the next day.

Preventing ingrown toenails

Here are some common sense strategies to prevent ingrown toenails:

  1. Using a clean clippers, trim all toenails straight across. Do not trim the corners at an angle.
  2. Wash your feet daily, and change your socks.
  3. Make use of a nail brush to prevent dead skin cells and sock lint from building up between the nail and skin folds
  4. Wear properly fitting shoes with adequate room in the toe box.


Do you need treatment?

Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX if you have symptoms of an ingrown toenail. Its best to treat ingrown nails early.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.

Sincerely, 

Advanced Foot and Ankle

972.542.2155

December 14, 2020
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Winter can include snowflakes, it should not include flakey dry skin. The cure- move to the Caribbean? If you cant do that  Fortunately there are a few things we can do to combat dry winter skin, right here at home. 

The dry heat in peoples homes seems to zap the moisture away from your skin in the winter. You might consider using a humidifier during the winter months. 

Exfoliate: Do not over exfoliate, once a week maximum. With a Loofah to the top of the feet and a buffing pad to the soles and callused areas. 

Moisturize: You must always moisturize after you exfoliate. The best times to moisturize your feet are after a shower and before bed, the morning is also a good additional time. You should never put a moisturizer between your toes. Peeling skin between your toes is not dry skin- its usually a sign of maceration or athletes foot. 

Vaseline is not a moisturizer! Although an ointment like Vaseline does a great job trapping moisture, but it typically does not add any moisture. Idonia is a product that has a light ointment feel, is made with essential oils and both adds moisture and traps it; Advanced Foot and Ankle has recommended it for years. 

Fissures/Cracks to your feet/heels: Please come into the office to be treated, we typically start with a combination debridement and occlusion therapy.

The use of closed shoe gear in the house and even just socks can help aid in getting rid of your winter dry skin.

Sincerely,

Advanced Foot and Ankle

972.542.2155