Summer Sandals and Ugly Nails

Summer Sandals and Ugly Nails

Summer Sandals and Ugly Nails

We treat onychomycosis, aka toenail fungus.

It’s finally getting warm and spring has arrived and summer is almost here.  The sandals always start to show up in clinic this time of year.  We get an influx of both new pain from the less supportive sandals and the wave of folks who realize that those ugly nails need to be treated if they are going to be showing them off in sandals.  Men and women both like to have normal nails and after a winter of hiding them in shoes it is time to figure out how to get them looking normal again.  Almost all of the cases of ugly nails come from a fungus that grows in the nail and makes them thick, discolored and ugly. Most folks have tried something the pharmacist, the neighbor, or the internet has suggested and figured out after a few months that they are getting nowhere fast with the current “stuff” they are putting on the nails.  Unfortunately, after coming to see a professional they realize that there is no quick fix for those ugly nails.  It takes a lot of work and patience to get them clear and pretty again.

Topicals as a general rule work only about 25% of the time regardless of whether it is the internet sensation or the latest billion dollar prescription medication.  That leaves you with two options, laser therapy or a pill.  A good discussion with a qualified, knowledgeable podiatrist will help you decide which option is best for you, visit our NM Laser Nail Centers site.   In some rare cases people even choose to just to remove the nails temporarily or permanently.   In all cases if you have fungus in your nails you should work with your doctor to find the quickest and most effective way to get hose nails back to normal again.

Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

Nathan Ivey, DPM

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Battle against FUNGUS!

Battle against FUNGUS!

Battle against FUNGUS!

Are you embarrassed by your toenails?  Have you tried all of the home remedies on Pinterest for toenail fungus?  Do you still have toenail fungus?  Do you want to wear sandals this summer?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions we are here to help you.  Don’t be embarrassed because onychomycosis (toenail fungus) is everywhere in our environment and we are all susceptible.  Did you know that your toenail fungus is under and in the nail making it tough to treat?  We have a LASER for that!  Our laser can penetrate the nail bed killing off the fungus inside, underneath and around the nail.  The severity of your fungus will be determined by Dr. Ivey and he will decide how many treatments will be required.

We also have a complete arsenal of medical grade anti-fungal products that help keep new bacteria and fungus at bay as we treat you with our laser.  Don’t forget that a healthy toenail replaces itself every 6-9 months and you should start seeing healthy new growth in about 4 months.  If you have tried everything and are ready to get rid of your toenail fungus once and for all, we are ready to help you BATTLE toenail fungus.

We also recommend a good scrubbing of your shower pan at home, keep clean sheets on your bed, wear dry clean white socks and wear shower shoes when not showering at home.  If you’re prone to sweaty feet take extra socks with you daily and change them at lunch time.  Anything you can do to prevent a re-infection will help the healing process.

Don’t Live Life in Pain! Call us today for an appointment at 505.880.1000. We take care of your feet…so that they’ll take care of you!

 

Lori Schleich, Marketing Representative

Remove the Polish

Remove the Polish

Remove the Polish

It’s another beautiful summer in New Mexico with sunshine every day. For my female patients it is the time of year that sandals and open toed shoes of all kinds come out daily. For most, that means the toenails must be painted some color other than clear. Meanwhile, back in the clinic we see toenail fungus infections daily.

So what is the connection? Toenail fungus is an infection that gets in the toenails and causes them to get thick, discolored and generally ugly. Fungus resides in the floors and carpets and can be picked up almost everywhere we go. The fungus that infects nails loves a warm, moist environment and flourishes in those painted nails because under the nail it becomes dark, warm, and a perfect place to grow.

So how do you avoid that without giving up the beautiful nails that are so necessary for summer sandals? Instead of getting a pedicure and leaving it on for months at a time I recommend you remove the polish every few weeks and give the nail a few days to “air” out. Go out in the sun and enjoy a little sunshine on the nails. That UV light that is so bad for our skin is great for killing anything living in our nails and helps keep them healthy. Then go ahead and paint those nails a new color for the next week or so. This gives lots of variety and also helps lower your risk of infection.

If you have a history of infections and want to really cut down on possible infections use a nail polish infused with antifungal properties like Dr. Remedy nail polish available in our office as well as on our online store with a link from our website at www.nmfootandankle.com. So enjoy the summer and avoid the fungus! If you think you have toenail fungus call and schedule an appointment today at 505.880.1000. Nathan Ivey, DPM

What’s wrong with the Groupon?

What’s wrong with the Groupon?

What’s wrong with the Groupon?

What’s wrong with the Groupon?

I’d like to answer the question that keeps coming up in clinic when I talk to patients.  What’s wrong with the Groupon?  It’s cheaper and it is still a laser right?  Well that is a good question.  The answer is complicated.  Let me ask a few questions and then let you know what I see as key differences in what we offer and what else is out there.

Question #1:  Is the laser FDA approved for this indication and what is the track record?  There are now lasers popping up all over the place and many are coming in from China.  They are cheaper and makes it easier for other people like nail salons to offer the service at a lower price.  Not all lasers are the same and not all lasers are FDA approved.  Make sure the one they use on you is.  Without a tested and proven track record many lasers may not work well and you may save a few dollars on the treatment but may have a complete failure to get rid of your problem.  Is it worth the chance?

Question #2:  Are you sure that you are a good candidate for the laser?  Unless you have been evaluated by a licensed physician you may not have what you think you have.  There are many things out there that can make a nail look “unusual” that may not respond to laser therapy.  There are many nails that are infected so severely that the chance of success is very low.

Question #3:  How much experience and what training do they have with the laser?  There are varying levels of experience with fungal nails and varying levels of experience with a laser.  After almost 3 years using our laser I can tell you that there are many tricks you learn after doing it a few hundred times.  Who trained the laser technician?  Another technician?  Online phone training from China?  A manual?  They may be trained to cut nails but do they have years of experience with onychomycotic, fungal nails?  The questions go on and on about what you get with a Groupon and laser nail treatment.

The final question is:  Are you sure of what you are getting yourself into when you go to anyone other than a licensed physician with a FDA approved laser?  My next blog will continue the discussion on what the differences may be when you see a licensed physician with a FDA approved laser.

Nathan Ivey, DPM

IS IT TIME TO TREAT YOUR TOENAIL FUNGUS?

IS IT TIME TO TREAT YOUR TOENAIL FUNGUS?

IS IT TIME TO TREAT YOUR TOENAIL FUNGUS?

The answer is YES….and right now!  This is the perfect time of year to treat your toenail fungus with our laser treatment at New Mexico Foot & Ankle Institute.  Toenail fungus is treatable and the fall and winter months are the perfect time to have your laser treatment performed.  It takes months to regrow healthy non-infected nails.  If you treat now you should have clear nails just in time for sandal season.  Now that you have tried oral medication and topical remedies isn’t it time to make an appointment to see Dr. Nathan Ivey and schedule an appointment for a consult to discuss laser treatment?  The laser sends energy into and through the nail and/or surrounding skin which causes heat damage killing the fungus.  This procedure is fast, safe and requires no anesthesia or drugs.  Walk in, walk out!  You will not walk out of the office seeing immediate results, however, within the first 4 months healthy new growth will be visible.  Keep in mind that your toenails grow slowly so don’t get discouraged.  It may take up to 6-9 months to see an entirely clear new nail.  Leave your toenails “naked” (polish free) through the cooler months and allow them to “breath” and grow into healthy new nails.  Nail polish is not prohibited, however, Dr. Ivey will let you know when you can polish them and will recommend an antifungal polish regimen.   For more information visit our website at www.nmfootandankle.com and click on New Mexico Laser Nail Centers or call us at 505.880-1000 and schedule your appointment today.

Lori Schleich

What’s that Laser for Anyway?

What’s that Laser for Anyway?

What’s that Laser for Anyway?

This week I bought my very own laser.  We’ve actually had it in house for the past 18 months and it’s been working great.  I often get asked if I can use it for other purposes than what it was designed for and this is my reply.  The laser is being used to treat onychomycosis or fungal nails.  This condition has been traditionally very tough to treat successfully.  We have used lots of different creams, powders, solutions, tea tree oil, and other various home remedies to include straight bleach.  The only studies that were ever done showed about an 18% success rate, so we know topical treatment doesn’t work well.  Medication taken by mouth for 3 months has been the alternative but that had risks involved, especially to people with underlying liver conditions.  For many people this was often not an option.   A few years ago we started using laser therapy and we were able to penetrate the nail in ways typical creams were unable to do.  The success rate on the laser is still not completely known and I’m not sure we’ll ever have a set percentage for that due to the complexity of the different infections we see.  Some people have a minor infection in 1 nail and others have all 10 toenails involved and they are very severe.   The last study showed 70% clearing at nine months which doesn’t mean that 70% of people were cured, just that 70% of people were getting better.   So it isn’t perfect but it definitely has a role.  For now it is not acovered benefit so it continues to be a cash pay product.  We were excited to have our own laser so we can now roll out different pricing for the many different scenarios we see.  We were stuck at $950 for everybody and now we can offer a lower price in many of those cases.  So we are excited this week to continue killing fungus.

Dr. Ivey

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