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*Q-LASER-FDA APPROVED for Nail Fungus
Nail fungus is difficult to eradicate because the fungus grows under the nail plate in the nail bed. Topical medications
have a very low success rate in treating this condition. Oral drug therapy is effective, but there are potential
side effects from the medication. Laser therapy is safe and effective.
The laser treatment will take under 20 minutes to treat both feet and there is usually no discomfort during or after the
treatment. You will notice results within 4-6 months, depending on how quickly your toenails grow. New, clear growth
begins to appear at the bottom portion of your nail as the diseased portion of the nail grows out. You may return to
your normal daily routine immediately after your toenail treatment, including painting your nails. Fungus prevention
is very important, and following doctors advice is highly recommended.
Why do Laser?
* Quick, in-office procedure.
* Safe & effective treatment.
* Virtually painless with no downtime from your activities.
*Alternative to prescription medications.
10 Tips for Healthy Feet
You may have heard that having diabetes increases you risk for foot problems, including amputation. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to keep this for happening to you.
1. MANAGE YOUR DIABETES.
- Do all you can to keep your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol in their target ranges.This is your first step, and one of the most important ones.
2. BE A FOOT DETECTIVE
- Look at your bare feet every day. Look at the tops, bottoms and in between your toes for redness, bruises, blisters, cuts, swelling, a shift in the color or temperature of your ski and other changes. If you can't see your feet ask a loved one or a health aide to help you.
* 30% - Regularly seeing a podiatrist decreases amputations by 30%
3. IF YOU SMOKE, TRY TO STOP
- Smoking causes your blood vessels to become narrow. Diabetes increases your risk for blood vessel disease. The two can decreases the blood flow that carries oxygen to your legs and feet. A lack of oxygen makes it much harder for wounds to heal.
* 15/20 - Wear a new pair of shoes 15-20 min. per day to break them in, then increase by one hour per day
4. KEEP YOUR FEET CLEAN AND DRY
- You don't need to do more than take your usual shower. Do not soak your feet unless your healthcare provider directs you to do. Dry your feet well- specially between your toes. Use lotion if your skin is dry to keep it soft and protect against drying and cracking. (Do not use lotion between your toes because that can trap moisture in these areas, which can cause infection)
* When you buy shoes, buy them later in the day, not in the morning.
5. NEVER WALK BAREFOOT.
-Walking barefoot gives you no protection against stepping on something, dropping something on your foot or being stepped on. Wear water shoes at the beach and keep slippers near your bed so you can get them easily in the middle of the night.
6. WEAR SHOES THAT PROTECT YOUR FEET.
-Not all people who have diabetes need to have "diabetic" shoes. It is important that your shoes fit well and protect your feet. Choose shoes with a deep and wide toe box. It's good to alternate shoes every few days and change your shoes at least once a day. High heels put pressure on the balls of your feet, which can cause blisters, open sores, calluses and bunions.
7. PROTECT YOUR FEET FROM HOT AND COLD TEMPERATURES.
- Cold causes your feet vessel to constrict, which can decrease circulation. On the other hand, heating pads, hot water bottler, electric blankets or putting you feet on radiators, fireplaces or space heaters can cause burns if are unable to sense the temperature.
8. TRIM YOUR TOENAILS TO FOLLOW THE CURVE OF YOUR TOE.
- Use an emery board to file the edges. If you cannot reach you toes or your nails are ticks, have your toenails cut by a podiatrist. You don't want to take the chance of cutting yourself when trimming your nails. Most insurance companies will pay for service for people with diabetes.
9. SEE A PODIATRIST.
- Besides trimming your toenails, podiatrist provide the foot care and education you need. Don't practice podiatry yourself, which means don't use anything sharp on your feet, and don't use any over-the-counter medicines on your feet , such as wart, corn or callus removers. See your podiatrist for those treatments.
10. GET HELP RIGHT AWAY.
- If you have any changes in your feet, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Don't put it off. Getting care early can mean getting and keeping your feet safe. Putting it off can lead to the problems you want to avoid.
FOOT CARE GUIDE
1. Clean and dry feet thoroughly each day and apply moisturizing cream.
2. During the summer and winter months, apply cornstarch, talcum powder, or over-the-counter foot spray to your feet to decrease moisture, which can lead to Athlete's Foot.
3. For tired feet, the following ideas may help:
a. Soak feet in hot water for two minutes, then in cold water for one minutes, dry, then massage feet with moisturizing cream.
b. While seated, place a rolling pin on the floor, move feet slowly back and forth in a rocking motion with moderate pressure for 5 minutes.
4. To strengthen foot and leg muscles try the following exercises:
a. While seated, cross legs and rotate the foot in a circular motion toward the center of the body for 5 minutes.
b. While seated, place a pencil on the floor and grasp the pencil with your toes, then raise and lower your leg for 5 minutes.
5. To decrease athletic injuries to the foot and leg, a routine of stretching exercises should be used aftera light warmup, and prior to athletic activity
6. Any of the above suggestions should be used
with caution, and under the guidance of a podiatrist or physician in the presence of the history of diabetes or poor circulation. These conditions require strict medical supervision.