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Monday, 30 July 2018 00:00

What is Onychomadesis?

A young woman recently noticed that her toenails were slipping off her toes. She was able to find out that the reason this occurred was because of a fish pedicure she received months prior. Fish pedicures are done by placing the feet in a tub of water containing small fish called Garra rufa. These fish nibble away at calluses and rough cuticles on the skin. Unfortunately for the young women, this pedicure gave her a condition called onychomadesis. Onychomadesis is a condition that causes the nails to begin shedding. This is the first time that a fish pedicure has been found to cause onychomadesis. There are other safety hazards that have been linked to these pedicures, and many of them involve the transmission of infection.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Steven Snider of Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor 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 San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes a person to sweat excessively. People with this condition do not necessarily sweat due to heat or exercise. The condition worsens when people start to stress or get nervous. The purpose of sweat is to cool down the body when its temperature begins to rise. Primary hyperhidrosis occurs when the sweat glands simply become overactive. Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs due to a medical condition. People who have secondary hyperhidrosis often have an underlying medical condition such as thyroid problems, diabetes, menopausal hot flashes, or low blood sugar. If you are suffering from sweaty feet, you should wear clothes that don’t trap the sweat. You should look into antiperspirants to treat your condition, however if this does not work, you should try seeking help from a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Steven Snider of Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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Monday, 23 July 2018 00:00

How to Deal with Varicose Veins

Veins are a vital part of the human body because they are responsible for sending blood back to the heart. When veins are varicose, the broken valves allow blood to pool in the legs, and the veins become swollen and twisted. Consequently, people with varicose veins will experience some symptoms including skin damage, swelling, discoloration, and ulcers. Many people with the condition have larger varicose veins that require minimally invasive surgical treatment. However, first line treatment usually involves heat therapy or thermal ablation. If you are looking for treatment for your varicose veins, you may be able to find help by seeing a podiatrist.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

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

 

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There are many different things that may cause an ingrown toenail to develop. One of the most common causes is wearing shoes that are too tight along with socks and tights. You may also develop an ingrown toenail if you improperly trim your toenail. If you are looking to trim your nails, it is advised that you trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. If you have an ingrown toenail and want to prevent it from becoming infected, it is crucial that you keep your feet clean. However, if the condition worsens and becomes severe, you may need to have surgery. If you are experiencing any pain and suspect that you have an ingrown toenail, you should see your podiatrist for treatment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Snider & Associates, Inc. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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