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By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
December 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care

How laser treatment from your podiatrists in San Leandro, California, can get rid of your toenail fungus

If you have toenail fungus, you already know how nasty it can be. It’s embarrassing and annoying, but the good news is, a procedure from your podiatrist can get rid of toenail fungus for good—it’s called laser treatment! Drs. Michael A. Stein and Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot DoctorNail Fungus Treatment of the East Bay in San Leandro, CA, offer laser toenail fungus treatment that can help your toenails become healthy again.

More about the treatment

Toenail fungus starts out as a tiny white or yellow spot underneath your nail. The spot grows as the fungus burrows deeper underneath your toenail. The fungus makes your toenail thicken, grow dark, and eventually, start to crumble. You may not want to go barefoot or wear open shoes or sandals because of your toenails.

You may have been exposed to the fungus from warm, moist places like public pools, locker rooms, or showers. Remember, it’s important to always wear sandals or flip-flops into public areas to avoid contact with fungus. Also, don’t share your personal items including socks, shoes, or towels with others if you have toenail fungus, as it can spread.

So, now for the good news! The podiatrists at Foot Doctor of the East Bay use the GenesisPlus Cutera laser to treat toenail fungus in a procedure that has a long history of safety and effectiveness. During treatment, the heat and light from the laser kills the fungus underneath your toenail so that a new, healthy toenail can grow in its place.

Laser treatment is pain-free and each session takes about 30 minutes. There are no side-effects and no downtime. The number of treatments you will need depends on the severity of your case, so it’s best to seek out treatment early.

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If you are tired of hiding your feet because of fungal toenails, it’s time to seek out laser treatment so that you can get back to wearing sandals. To find out more about laser fungal nail treatment and other podiatry services, call (510) 483-3390 for Drs. Michael A. Stein and Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro, California!

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
September 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

You've been embarrassed about thick toenails for a long time. You've tried over the counter treatments, but nothing works. At Foot Doctor toenail fungusof the East Bay, Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad have the solution. It's FDA-approved laser toenail fungus treatment in their San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA offices. Yes, at Foot Doctor of the East Bay, your toenails receive a new look and better health. Learn about why toenail fungus grows, how to avoid it and how laser treatment works.

Symptoms of toenail fungus (onychomycosis )

Both toenails and fingernails are prone to a overgrowth of a microorganism called Tinea pedis. The University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health states that millions of people have toenail fungus. About a third are diabetic or have other health problems which compromise circulation or lower the immune system. The other two-thirds of sufferers, however, have no major health issues, but they exhibit symptoms of:

  • Rough, thick-looking toenails
  • Discolored toenails--yellow, brown or black in color
  • Itchy reddened areas around the nails
  • Toenails that are raised away from the nail bed
  • Foot odor
  • Dull-looking or curled nails

Typically, people with foot fungus have a difficult time eliminating it, despite use of drugstore creams or prescription oral anti-fungals. Frankly, the problem can continue for years.

Reasons why it grows

Again, people with certain health issues fall prey to Tinea pedis. However, your foot doctor in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos says that other factors encourage its growth, including:

  • Wearing closed toe shoes in hot weather
  • Not changing sweaty socks
  • Lack of good foot hygiene
  • Walking barefoot in locker rooms, public showers and poolside

Additionally, certain hereditary foot structures lend themselves to fungus, especially where the toenail rubs against the inside of the shoe.

The Genesis Plus Cutera Laser

At Foot Doctor of the East Bay, Dr. Stein and Dr. Ahmad use an innovative method to clear toenail fungus for good. Called the Genesis Plus Cutera Laser, this handheld instrument exposes each toenail to a focused beam of light. Harmless to healthy tissue, the FDA-approved laser targets just the fungus, safely killing it and preventing it from returning.

The procedure takes about 30 minutes and requires no special preparation or after care. It is painless, but the patient may feel a mild heat sensation as the podiatrist applies the light to each toenail. Every nail is treated to prevent reinfection. Often, the patient needs more than one session.

Keeping nails fungus-free

While onychomycosis is stubborn and annoying, you can help prevent it:

  1. Wear sandals with good arch supports during warm weather.
  2. Wash and dry feet daily.
  3. Wear clean socks. Change them, and your athletic shoes, after working out.
  4. Choose shoes with a wide toe box.
  5. Apply moisturizers to prevent cracking around the nails.
  6. See your podiatrist at the first sign of a problem, particularly if you are diabetic.

Win over toenail fungus

Call Foot Doctor of East Bay, Dr. Stein or Dr. Ahmad for an appointment. They have three offices for your convenience: (510) 483-3390.

By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
September 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Toenail fungus can cause embarrassment and pain if left untreated. Unfortunately, this irritating condition is often hard to get rid of once toenail fungusand for all. However, with help from your Los Gatos, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, CA podiatrist, you can beat your toenail fungus for good. Discover the benefits of laser treatment for toenail fungus with your podiatrist at Foot Doctor of the East Bay.

What is toenail fungus? 
Toenail fungus is a result of fungi entering the skin through microscopic cuts or scrapes, then growing underneath the toenail. The condition often begins with a yellow or white spot on the toenail, then grows and begins affecting your toenail. The symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • yellowed nail
  • thickening of the nail
  • separation of the nail from the nail bed
  • brittle nail
  • distortion of the shape of the nail
  • darkening of the nail

Nail fungus in its early stages is often painless. However, as the fungus grows deeper into the nail, it may become painful and produce an off-putting odor.

The Benefits of Laser Treatments for Toenail Fungus
Laser treatment has proven to be effective in diminishing the presence of toenail fungus. Traditional topical or oral treatments may take months or even years to begin working and often prove ineffective in the long run due to their inability to fully penetrate the nail. Laser treatment, however, easily penetrates the toenail and focuses on killing off the fungus while leaving the surrounding tissues intact.

Toenail fungus laser treatment is painless and fast. This procedure does not require anesthesia. Additionally, patients can go right back to their daily routine after treatment as there is no recovery time. Most patients require several laser treatment sessions, often performed in two-week intervals. Your doctor may suggest using traditional topical or oral treatments alongside laser treatment.

Toenail Fungus Treatment in Los Gatos, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, CA
During treatment, your podiatrist aims a special wand which houses the laser at your affected nails. The laser penetrates the nail and heats up the fungus, killing its cells. However, the heat does not affect or damage the surrounding tissues. Treatment takes only a few minutes and usually has no side effects.

To learn more about laser treatment for toenail fungus or to voice any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure, please contact Dr. Michael Stein at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Los Gatos, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 483-3390 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Stein today!

Good hygieneWho doesn’t want to be known for their generosity? However, there are some gifts not meant for giving, and toenail fungus is one of them! Just as you share your love with family members and friends, it turns out, you may be sharing your fungus with them as well. There are several measures you can take to keep this from happening, and to prevent fungal nails in the first place.

First, practice good hygiene by cleansing your feet with soap and water on a daily basis. Make sure your feet are kept as dry as possible. If you participate in sports and athletics, or if it’s simply warm outside, remember to change your socks if they become damp or sweaty. Alter your footwear with each day, as this will allow your shoes to air out and dry.

Second, be careful about what footwear you lend and borrow. Socks, shoes and slippers should be kept for your personal use only. When you share your dirty linens, you risk sharing your fungus as well, or someone could share theirs with you! Additionally, each family member should have their own set of grooming tools, including nail clippers and files.

Lastly, when it comes to public areas like the community swimming pool or the gym, avoid walking barefoot as these are places where fungi thrive. Be sure to wear flip-flops or shower-shoes in locker room showers too.

For more ways to prevent fungal nails and keep it from spreading, call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, or visit us at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 06, 2014
Category: Toenail Health

Right Way to Trim Your ToenailsIt may seem like a silly question—how do I trim my toenails? What sounds like a simple task actually poses several health concerns and should not be done carelessly. You depend on your feet daily, treat them with care.

It's all about finesse. Before breaking out the clippers and practicing toenail archery, it's important to understand why this process is so important. Nothing puts a damper on your day quite like an ingrown toenail. If your nail becomes lodged in your skin, it's painful to both your body and your ego. By learning to trim your toenails properly, you can avoid adding insult to injury.

Here we have it! A complete guide to nail trimming from California's very own, Foot Doctor of the East Bay:

  • Trim your nails straight across. Do not follow the natural curve of your skin or end of your toe.
  • Keep the nails a little longer than you'd expect. Trimming nails too short can leave them susceptible to growing inward and could even lead to infection.
  • Wait for your nails to dry before trimming them. When they are dry you will have a cleaner, smoother cut.
  • Take your time. Don't attempt to trim the entire nail with one clip. A few small cuts can go a long way to preserve the health of your feet.
  • Try filing. Gently move a file back and forth in one direction across the top of your nail. Perform this motion until the nail appears smooth and at the desired length.
  • Don't cut cuticles. Cutting cuticles is dangerous and may lead to bleeding and infection. Instead, opt for pushing them back.

There is no set time to wait between nail trimmings. Keep a close eye on their length and become aware of how they feel in your shoes. When you trim your toenails correctly, it translate to happy feet. If you'd like help or have other questions concerning foot care, contact Foot Doctor of the East Bay, in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA. Call our office at (510) 483-3390, or schedule your appointment online.

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