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Houston, TX 77043
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No one wants to know that they have fungus growing on their body. The thought alone is enough to make most people shudder. When it comes to toenail fungus, understanding the risk factors enables you to take the appropriate measures to prevent this from happening to you.
Anyone who has toenails could potentially suffer from this condition, but risk factors that increase the odds of developing fungal nails include:
If any of those factors applies to you, fear not! They don’t guarantee that you will get a fungal infection, only that you are more likely. That’s a key distinction. Knowing that you have a greater risk means that you can direct your attention to preventative measures like:
The preventative methods for keeping toenail fungus at bay can certainly decrease your odds of developing an infection, but it is difficult to eliminate all risk. Should you develop a case of fungal toenails, Houston Foot Specialists can provide the care and treatment you need. Simply contact our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 467-8886 or schedule your appointment online and we will get started on restoring your nails to their natural, healthy condition.
The Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA) is a volunteer-led organization for runners that sets out to support and promote the running community. This association connects 45 different running clubs and identifies areas that are just “good places to run.” If you run long distances, you might want to consider some tips to avoid black toenails.
The term “black toenails” actually refers to any dark discoloration, including brownish, purplish, and reddish hues. There are various root causes of this condition, including:
Any of these causes for the condition can be treated, but it is simply better to avoid black toenails in the first place. The following prevention tips can help:
Perhaps you were unable to avoid a case of black toenails, so now what can you do? Easy! Schedule an appointment with the experts at Houston Foot Specialists. We will provide an accurate diagnosis, determine if there is any greater issue, and then provide the effective treatment you need. Contact our Houston, TX office either via our online form or call us at (713) 467-8886 today.
With the 4th of July coming up quickly, it’s time to start reviewing your many options for celebrating our nation’s independence. One that might appeal to runners out there is the 20th annual Freedom 5K, which starts at 7 a.m. on Lost Creek Blvd. If you are an avid runner, you may discover dark toenails from time to time, but without knowing the cause. Let’s look at what is behind this condition.
Dark toenails can happen for a variety of reasons, but the most common for runners is bruising or even slight bleeding under the nail. This is often caused by the repeated trauma of a nail striking the inside top of a running shoe with every step. It can also happen as the result of a toe hitting the inside front of a shoe as the foot slides forward. Especially common for marathon runners, this is viewed by some as being a “badge of honor” of sorts for logging great distances.
In a similar manner, subungual hematoma is also caused by trauma. The key difference is that this typically happens as the result of a single event, like dropping something heavy onto a toe or having a foot stepped on with substantial force. In this situation, blood pools under the nail—which explains the dark spot—and can result in painful pressure.
Fungal infection is another cause of darkened toenails. When this condition becomes particularly severe, it can turn the nail to an almost black color. There are various treatments that can be used to handle a case of toenail fungus, and we can certainly discuss your options at our office.
In rare, yet quite serious, situations, a black spot under a nail could be an indication of malignant melanoma. This does not happen often, but it will require immediate medical care. Too often, this condition is caught in an advanced stage and treatment is not as effective as it otherwise could have been.
If you have discolored toenails and are unsure as to the root cause, make an appointment with Houston Foot Specialists and we can help. The knowledgeable experts at our Houston, TX practice will not only provide an accurate diagnosis, but will also prepare an effective treatment plan specifically for you. Call our office at (713) 467-8886 or schedule your appointment online today!
At only about an hour’s drive away, Galveston Island’s beaches are a perfect getaway for Houston, TX residents who want to find either relaxation or bustling summertime hotspots. When you are stressed and need some respite from the daily grind, there’s nothing better than digging your toes in the sand or feeling the beach under your feet. Be careful, though! Going barefoot does leave your feet vulnerable to injury—and that can be bad news for those who live with diabetes.
It’s important to keep in mind that the Galveston beaches aren’t the only place where you might sustain an injury while going barefoot. At home, it is easy to stub a toe on a piece of furniture or step on something sharp if you aren’t careful. The same holds true for walking barefoot in your yard outside. These foot injuries might not seem like a big deal, but diabetic individuals need to be aware that little issues can become major ones pretty quickly.
One of the conditions that frequently accompanies diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the nerves that report physical sensations to the brain. Numbness is a potential, and common, symptom of neuropathy, and this means that it is possible to sustain an injury without even knowing it. The danger here is that a minor cut or scrape opens the door for infection to set in, and your body has a diminished ability to handle it.
A major component of responsible diabetic foot care is to inspect your feet daily so you can find issues at the earliest possible stage, when they are the easiest to treat. Another one is to avoid going barefoot, no matter if you are in the house or outside. It is essential to catch issues as soon as possible, but even better to simply avoid them in the first place.
Protecting your feet is of utmost concern for individuals who live with diabetes. Avoiding the temptation to walk barefoot is one facet of diabetic foot care, but there are other essential steps, too. Let our caring experts at Houston Foot Specialists help you create a plan to keep your feet—and the rest of you!—safe from potentially serious issues. Schedule your appointment with our Houston, TX office by calling (713) 467-8886 today.
The American Diabetes Association’s Houston, TX office estimates that 33% of children born in the U.S. after the year 2000 will be affected by diabetes. The good news when it comes to this widespread disease is that steps can be taken to successfully manage it. One of the most important is a daily self-foot exam. Use the following tips to help:
Keep in mind that if your self-foot exam brings any issues to light, you need to seek treatment as soon as possible. Here at Houston Foot Specialists we make that easy for you. No matter what you might have found, we are ready to help! Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of all our patients, so contact our Houston, TX office today by either calling (713) 467-8886 or scheduling your appointment online.
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1140 Business Center Drive
Houston, TX 77043