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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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Sandals on the BeachHello, sandal season! It's time for those toes to come out of hibernation. That means, the socks come off and the sandals slip on. Are your toenails ready? Not if you have toenail fungus! Don’t worry, though.  Foot Doctor of the East Bay offers laser treatment for fungal nails

You don't have to be embarrassed by yellow, discolored toenails. We can treat your feet with our GenesisPlus Cutera laser that painlessly zaps toenail fungus at the source.

Better yet, here are some prevention tips so you don’t get fungal nails in the first place: don't share nail clippers and files; never share your socks and shoes; keep your toenails as long as your toes; wear cotton socks; wear dry shoes that allow for circulation; and wear water shoes in public areas such as the pool or shower.

Plus, for dazzling feet from heel-to-toe, we suggest leaving your nails au naturel for one whole week. Remove all nail polish and give them a deep clean in a foot bath. Don't forget about the spaces between your toes where dirt and lint can linger. Trim your toenails and apply moisturizer.

We want you to enjoy every moment of sunshine this summer! Don't let ugly toenails hold you back. The moment you begin to feel uncomfortable due to the appearance of your feet, call our office at (510) 483-3390. You can also schedule your appointment online, or visit us in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA.  Remember, healthy feet are happy feet!

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By Dr. Michael Stein
May 20, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Nail Polish Sunshine, summer, sand, and salons—are you thinking what we're thinking? Summer is well on its way, and that means barefoot trips to the beach, which suggests a trip to the nail salon. Well, here’s the inside scoop on safe pedicure tips for avoiding fungal nails this summer. Follow these suggestions and spend your sunny days cheery and fungus-free.

We understand that having beautiful nails is less a matter of luck and more a matter of properly caring for them. While most nail salons follow strict cleanliness and disinfection guidelines, it's good to ask yourself some questions. Is your nail technician certified? Is the station clean? Do you see dirty tools laying around? Does your technician wash his or her hands between clients?  Salons can often harbor many types of fungi. For that reason, don't shave your legs for 24 hours before your appointment. A nick from shaving will make your skin susceptible to infection. In addition, never let your pedicurist shave away your calluses. It's best to smooth them yourself with a pumice stone.

It is not wise to share nail clippers and files with others either. Go ahead and bring your own to your appointment, but be sure to sanitize them after each use with soap and water, then soak for 10 minutes in a disinfectant solution or rubbing alcohol.

Get your feet buffed and polished without the nagging worry of acquiring fungal nails. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the state of your toenails, contact Dr. Michael Stein. You can reach our offices in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA by calling (510) 483-3390. You can also schedule your appointment online.  Here's to a beautiful summer!

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Description: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130306/health/images/toenail20130304c.jpgFungal nail infections are a pretty common type of nail disease.  It is a condition that can damage the nail and cause embarrassment and pain for those afflicted.  Onychomycosis (fungal infection of the nail) is what results when a fungus gets into the keratin that makes up the nail.   Fungal nail infections are more common in adults and can be spread from one person to another either directly or indirectly.  

Some of the telltale signs of a fungal nail infection include discoloration, lifting at the edge of the nail, nail thickening or nail crumbling.  If you suspect that that you have a fungal nail infection you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can determine the cause of your toenail fungus and provide you with the appropriate treatment options.

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.  

Talcum powder – applying 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

Alternative Treatments

Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following: Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.

Soaking your feet into a gentle bleach solution could help as well. Podiatrists usually suggest vinegar and Listerine as a soaking solution.

To learn more about toenail fungal treatments follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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