FAQ's

We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.

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  • How Can I Fix Dry, Cracked Heels?

    Dry or cracked feet and heels can be embarrassing! In addition to being unsightly, they can also be painful and put you at risk for infections. First, you need to understand the cause of your problem. Your dry skin can be caused by a number of reasons. Your shoes or your gait can cause thick calluses to form on your heels. In addition, athlete's foot, a skin condition can cause a thickening of the skin. Also, going barefoot or wearing shoes without socks can cause heel problems.

    Treating the problem will depend on the cause. If you have a fungus or skin infection, you doctor may prescribe a cream or medication to help fight the problem. If your just dealing with thick skin, our office will use an efficient and powerful sander to painlessly wear down the skin. This will make at home maintenance of massaging the foot with a pumice stone and applying lotion easier. Visit our office to finally get your feet smooth and soft!

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  • How do I know if I have Nail Fungus?

    Nail fungus is an unsightly appearance. The nail will be thickened and discolored, usually a yellow or green, even black color. If the infection worsens, white or yellow patches may appear in the nail bed.  You may notice that the nail will become soft and crumble causing some of the nail to fall off. The nail will be brittle. If you are diabetic or have poor circulation and HIV, you are more susceptible to this infection and re-infection. At our office, we offer the laser and keryflex treatment. This simple treatment doesn’t involve any needles, knives, or cuts and leave you walking out of our office in 15 minutes with a beautiful and healthy nail. Nail fungus is embarrassing so come to our office to find out more about this treatment plan!  nail fungus

     

  • Can Nail Fungus Become Painful?

    Although nail fungus usually isn’t painful and is just an unsightly infection, it can become more painful in time. As the nail becomes thicker and deformed it may begin to grow at an angle and become an ingrown nail. This type of pain can become aggravated from the shoes you wear and an inflammation can develop. Standing or walking for long periods of time can become uncomfortable even without inflammation. Before your day to day activities are reduced, we recommend our Laser and Keryflex treatment which only takes 15 minutes to have a beautiful and healthy looking nail. The Laser and Keryflex treatment requires no cuts, needles, or knives.

    Call our office today to find out more information about the laser and keryflex treatment!

  • What Causes Nail Fungus?

    There are many causes for nail fungus. Dermatophytes is a type of fungus that can grown on the skin, hair, and nails. The most common dermatophyte is athlete’s foot, which infects the toenails. You can get infected by anything you come in contact with that has dermatophytes on them. For example, if you’re going to the nail salon make sure everything is sterilized because if not this can cause nail fungus. Also, the shoes you wear are swimming with fungi. Fungi thrive in warm, dark, moist environments. We need to be aware that nail fungus can spread quickly. Therefore, if untreated, other nails will be infected too. At our office we offer a laser and keryflex treatment which only takes 15 minutes to get a beautiful and healthy nail! nail fungus cover up

     

  • What Kind of Cream Should I use for my Feet if They are Dry and Cracked?

    The Kera-42 cream is a safe, effective, medical strength, keratolytic, and moisturizing urea-based formulation used for calloused, rough, dry skin. The benefits of this cream are that it exfoliates dead skin cells while restoring moisture to the new cell layer. Since it contains tea tree oil, aloe vera, and antioxidants, it keeps your skin healthy and hydrated. You can apply this cream one or two times a day. For best results, apply directly after showering. There aren’t any risks, it absorbs quickly into your skin, has a clean scent, and you will have smooth and silky skin.

     

  • What is the Difference Between Using the Lamisil and Keryflex/Laser Nail Fungus?

    The lamisil has been used for years; however there are some cons to this oral medication.  There may be negative effects on your liver as well as your kidney. A frequent testing of your liver is required. Also, the lamisil is less effective and expensive. If you do not prefer to take an oral medication, this is not the best treatment option for you.

    Although, the laser/keryflex is newer treatment, it makes your toenails look better immediately. It’s topical and not harmful to your body. The laser/keryflex is affordable as well as quick and easy. This treatment option is non- invasive and is a painless procedure!

    Nail fungus can reoccur no matter which treatment option you use. As a friendly reminder, nail fungus thrives in warm, dark, moist environments such as our shoes!

    Call our office today to see which treatment option is best for you!

  • Are There Creams to Help Dry, Cracked Heels?

    Calicylic cream is an effective aid in treating cracks and fissures, and rough dry skin. This is perfect for anyone who has callus conditions. Due to the Salicylic Acid, it breaks down the dead, scaly skin, allowing new room for new tissue growth. The moisturizer in the cream (Urea) helps your skin keep hydrated and restore the damaged skin to a normal radiant look. Before your cracked heals become painful, we recommend for you to moisturize your feet everyday to maintain foot health.

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    For others, like Diabetics, it is essential to use this moisturizer to prevent an infection. Simply applying this cream once or twice a day can help tremendously. Remember, summer is coming soon and no one wants dry, cracked skin!

    At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we offer calicylic cream!

  • What is the Difference Between a Callus and a Wart?

    A wart is a small skin lesion found on the bottom of your foot or toes. Usually they are about 1 cm diameter; however, they can be much larger and surrounded by a small cluster of warts. This condition is caused by a virus and can be spread very quickly. Warts are not painful unless they are squeezed, pinched, or if there is direct weight on them.

    A callus is hard, dry, thick, and possibly even bumpy. There may even be a slight color of yellow or grey to its appearance.   Unlike a wart, a callus is not caused by a virus and is not contagious. Instead it is caused by repeated pressure or friction on an area of skin. Similar to a wart, calluses are not painful unless they are squeezed or pinched. Even wearing shoes can be painful when you have a callus.

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  • What to Expect When You Receive a Medical Grade Pedicure?

    At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, our Healthy Nails & Body Spa offers the highest quality. Your health and safety is guaranteed at our location. All of our pedicure and manicure equipment is sterilized on an individual basis. Our nail technician, Felicia, is highly trained and kept up to date with all of the latest techniques of modern sterilization. In addition, all state ordinances and laws are strictly adhered to at Healthy Nails & Body Spa.

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    Not only are we up to date with sterilization, but as well as all the most fashionable nail polish colors! Even the nail polish we use is free of harmful chemicals and enriched with enamel strengthening vitamins and ingredients. Unlike other salons, from the moment you walk in, you know you will receive the cleanest manicure/pedicure! 

  • Why is My Toenail Yellow?

    Fungal nails is an unsightly infection of the nails. Your nail will be thickened, brittle, yellow, discolored and sometimes even painful. The major cause of this infection is from the funguses thriving in a warm, moist, dark environment, such as our shoes, socks, and stockings. These funguses grow in the nail bed, beneath your nails, and live off Keratin, the protein in the nail.

    Other contributing factors would be excessive perspiration, and Athlete's Foot, which is caused by similar fungi. Anyone who has medical conditions such as diabetes and poor circulation and HIV, are more susceptible to infection and re-infection. With this type of infection, it is extremely important to see a podiatrist right away. The infection can spread quickly to your surrounding nails and can become more painful.

    Call our office today to visit one of our podiatrists!

  • What to Expect When Having Laser for Nail Fungus?

    When you are having the laser therapy for your nail fungus you can expect a beautiful, healthy, and normal nail. There won’t be any pain or cuts and needles. You can expect this typical treatment to take a few 15 minute office visits. Even though the laser will be executed successfully, there is a chance that the fungus may return. The reason for this is because fungus thrives in warm, dark, and moist environments, such as our shoes.

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    In order to prevent this fungus coming back, we suggest that you sanitize your shoes or just get new ones. You should bleach your bathtub and be sure to never walk barefoot in public areas, especially at gyms or public pools. In addition, we offer a laser maintenance plan. This plan consists of coming back to the office every six weeks for a minimal cost.

    You no longer need to be embarrassed or frustrated with your nail fungus with our treatment plan! Spring is here, and who doesn’t want beautiful nails to show off? Call our office today to start your laser treatment!  

  • How can I treat my athlete‚Äôs foot?

    There are many different treatment options for athlete’s foot, all of which are simple! However, before committing yourself to any treatment plan, it’s important to understand the treatment of Athlete's foot depends on the type and extent of the fungal infection; therefore you should see a podiatrist first.

    For your socks, make sure they are cotton, rather than synthetic or nylon. Cotton socks absorb moisture, whereas synthetic or nylon socks trap perspiration. Also, it’s imperative to change your socks at least every day and wash your shoes periodically since the fungi thrives in a dark, warm, moist environment. In addition, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, particularly between the toes. Usually athletes foot can be treated with anti-fungal cream, however if that doesn’t work we recommend for you to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

    Lastly, keep in mind re-infection is common so continue the treatment plan as prescribed!

  • What are some helpful tips to make sure I don't get an infection at the nail salon?

    Some helpful tips to keeping yourself infection-free when getting a pedicure at the salon are:

    1. Having the spaces in between your toes dry

    2. Resisting the urge to have your cuticles pushed back

    3. Booking your appointment early when there is least amount of bacteria

    4. Asking the technician to cut your nails straight across, and if you need your calluses and corns trimmed, making sure that the technician uses a pumice stone or emory board.

    If you want the best service with guaranteed infection free pedicures, Family Foot & Ankle Specialists has our own salon with an autoclave, which is a machine that uses intense heat to kill any bacteria, fungus or other diseases.

      Get ready for Spring and call to make an appointment with our nail technician today!

  • How Can I Help My Cracked and Dry Heels?

    If you have cracked and dry heels, one of the main reasons is barefoot walking especially during the winter time and wearing a shoe with an open back, like a flip flop. Therefore, wearing shoes that protect your skin is highly recommended.  Also, at our office we offer a wonderful cream with a sock called “Heel So Smooth.” This heel sleeve has mineral oil to repair damaged skin; in addition, for better results you’ll need to wear the cream provided approximately 3 nights per week for a couple of weeks. You will no longer have to go for pedicures at your salon to help this condition!  

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    Also, at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, one of our podiatrists can smooth your calluses down and get you started on a treatment plan. This is absolutely painless and your dry skin will be healed and smooth just in time for the Spring season! 

    Call one of our podiatrists to make your “HeelSoSmooth” today!

  • Will the Laser Treatment Make my Nail Fungus Go Away Forever?

    The laser treatment is a highly effective way to clear up the nails; however, there is no guarantee the infection won’t come back. Although the laser treatment at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists will be done successfully, many people are re-infected by their environment. The shoes we wear have a pool of bacteria in them which is why it is so common for nail fungus to grow back. Even from the socks we wear and walking around barefoot in public areas are ways to re expose our feet to the problem we had in the first place.

    For these reasons, we highly recommend periodic treatment every three to six months with the laser for maintenance. Fortunately, the procedure is painless with no side effects and you can return to your regular activities immediately.

    Make an appointment with one of our podiatrists today to start your laser maintenance program!

  • What Should I Do if I Have a Bunionette?

    There are many different grades of bunionettes along with treatments for each condition. For simple bunionettes, sometimes you might just need some temporary padding and an injection of cortisone to stop the irritation. However, if you want to prevent it from getting worse, we highly recommend for you to get a different shoe or change your shoe size. A certified pedorthist can help properly measure your foot to make sure the shoes you have are the best fit. Another option is to get customized orthotics. These inserts are made to keep your foot aligned and to prevent the bunionette from getting worse.

    If the bunionetee is more severe, surgery will most likely be necessary. The surgery is a same day procedure and you will be able to go home with a walking boot. You’ll have minimal pain and if your job is mostly sitting you may only have to miss a day or two!

    Make an appointment with one of our podiatrists to see which treatment option is best for you!

  • What Should I Do if I Have a Bump in Between My Toes?

    The bump between your toes is called a soft corn which can look like a blister or even an open sore. One of the best ways to treat a soft corn is to make sure your shoes fit properly. Our certified pedorthist can properly measure your feet to make sure the shoes you have are the best fit. Another important factor is to have socks that aren’t too tight, especially around your toes. If you sweat excessively, antiperspirants such as Mycomist will help greatly.

    Even wearing a cotton or liquid absorbing sock will help you not sweat as much. Sweating will only make the condition worse. There are also pads that can help cushion the areas that are being rubbed in your shoe. Most importantly, you should see a podiatrist if you have this condition. Although there are conservative treatments, a podiatrist can take x rays and chose the best treatment plan for your individual condition.

    Make an appointment today with one of our podiatrists!

  • What Can I Do to Help my Smelly Feet and Toenail Fungus?

    Mycomist is an anti-fungal and antiperspirant cool spray. If you have toe nail fungus or have excessive sweating, Mycomist would be beneficial for you. Re-infection occurs and it is best to take these simple steps to help. You can apply this product daily and even several times throughout the day if necessary to your feet and/or inside your shoes. If you have toenail fungus it is important to make sure you do your best to prevent this infection.  Mycomist can kill off any spores that might have evaded. This simple spray will reduce infection and bad odor.

    Mycomist is a great product to keep handy in your gym bag, your work bag and even your car. You can keep your feet fresh and cool throughout the entire day.

  • What Causes Skin Cancer of the Feet?

    Skin cancer is a growing problem. In fact, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US with one in five people being diagnosed in a lifetime. Most people only think of the face, shoulders, and arms as areas affected by skin cancer. However, many people are diagnosed with skin cancer on their feet.

    Skin cancer on the feet can be caused by the sun... do you diligently apply sunscreen to your feet? Most people forget about this very sensitive area of skin and do not apply sunscreen often, if it at all. However, skin cancer on the feet is more often caused by other factors such as exposure to chemicals, viruses, hereditary factors, and from underlying conditions.

    It is important to always check your feet for any changes. If you see anything abnormal, immediately make an appointment with a podiatrist to be examined.
     

  • How Do I Know If I Have Frostbite?

    Most frostbite cases can be treated and the patient can make a full recovery. However, that is if the person gets treated as soon as noticing the frostbite. If you have frostbite or think you may have frostbite it is important to see a doctor immediately,

    Signs you have frostbite or the beginning stages of frostbite include pain in the area, red white or yeallow spots. If the area becomes numb, that is a clear sign that your frostbite could be progressing. Also, any swelling, blisters, or dark coloring of the skin could mean the frostbite has gotten to the later stages and you shoulld see a doctor immediately.