Thickened and yellowed toenails are not just embarrassing, but can also be a serious precursor to more serious health conditions. The skin and tissue surrounding yellowed toenails could possibly contain an infection, such as toenail fungus. For these reasons, you should seek laser treatment from Dr. Eric J. Abrams, at one of his two New Jersey locations (Toms River and Eatontown). Dr. Abrams can discuss the benefits of laser surgery and can help you to develop the right strategy to deal with yellowed and thickened toe nails.   

Some common causes of thickened or yellowed toenails include the following:

  • Bad Circulation – Individuals with conditions such as diabetes have a harder time with circulation of blood to the toe nails, which causes them to get weak more easily and thus prone to infection.
  • Fungus – Yellowing of the toe nails is most likely caused by fungus, which can lead to the nail breaking completely if left untreated.
  • Wounds – Athletics and a general active lifestyle can lead to a higher susceptibility of injury for those with thickened toe nails.                                                                              

Precautions may also be taken to prevent yellowed or thickened toe nails such as eliminating the wet and shady environment that allows fungus to thrive. You can often switch shoes throughout the week or wear open style shoes such as sandals when possible to allow air to dry out any potential moisture buildup under the toe nails. Cotton and foot powders can also absorb moisture to help keep your feet bone-dry.

Thankfully, laser treatment, such as the Q-Laser treatment offered by Dr. Abrams, can help bring yellowed or thickened toe nails back to great condition when precautions were not first taken. The laser pierces the nail and thereby destroys any fungus causing infection. After the laser treatment, the nail eventually rejuvenates over the next 6 months. A new toenail grows into place and chances of reoccurrence are greatly diminished. 

Ultimately, yellowed or thickened toenails likely caused by fungal infections are best diagnosed by a physician. If your toe nails are starting to yellow or thicken, contact Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ by calling as soon as possible. The Q-Laser treatment offered by physician Dr. Abrams may be the best option for your yellowed or thickened toe nails.

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:46

Sugar and Your Feet!

Normally, I try to behave when it comes to sugar intake, and not over-do it.  However, coming off of the holiday weekend, with all these extra sweets around… Well, I may be consuming too much sugar- I admit!  All these cupcakes, cakes, chocolates and candies are way too tempting and have been finding their way into my belly way too much the past few days!  Well, if you are guilty of being a sugar glutton, too, read on!  Not only is too much sugar not so great for our waistlines, it also can affect your feet!  Who knew??

Apparently, some foods- the ones that contain a lot of sugar (aka- candy, cake, brownies, etc) yes, all the yummy yummy treats I for one, adore- they can cause inflammation in our bodies!  And, unfortunately, inflammation can impact the health of our feet.  So, it is important to realize that what we put into our bodies makes completely affects us.  Certain foods can increase chemicals in our bodies that cause tissue inflammation.  Many common foods in the American diet encourage inflammation, especially sugar, refined grains, and trans-fats found in many baked goods and junk foods.  Other culprits are: the saturated fat in red meat, the omega-6 fats found in many commonly used vegetable oils, such as corn, sunflower, and soybean oils. 

The inflammation that these foods cause can appear in your feet in the form of plantar fasciitis, which causes pain in the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot or heel.  Too much sugar intake can also affect your feet in the form of peripheral artery disease and diabetes.  Each of these conditions can harm your feet by damaging arteries that bring blood to your lower extremities.  So, if you are diabetic, you really need to be careful about your sugar intake.

So, writing this article has made me want to try to control my sweets consumption and try to turn a blind eye to all the treats around my house right now!  How about you?  Unfortunately, too much sugar has a lot of bad repercussions throughout our bodies, even in our feet.  If your feet need some T.L.C., give Dr. Eric Abrams a call.  He has two convenient Central New Jersey locations for you to visit for any of your foot needs. 

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Friday, 26 July 2013 12:30

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in all parts of the body, including the feet. The legs and feet may have slow blood flow which causes neuropathy (nerve damage). Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation of the feet or legs.

It is important when caring for the feet of diabetics to always wash and thoroughly dry the feet, especially between the toes. Next, examine your feet and toes for any redness or sores that may be there, even if you do not feel any pain. You may also use a mirror to examine your feet from the bottom side. Avoid wearing colored socks to prevent infections that may occur from the dye used in them. Well-fitting socks are also highly recommended.

Anyone with diabetes should have their physicians to monitor Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is very important to keep the blood sugar levels in the normal range (70-110mg/dl). There are medications that a physician may prescribe to help with neuropathy of the diabetic patient. It is also advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet. Toe nails may need to be taken care of by a podiatrist as some patients may cut to deep or not deep enough around the cuticles and risk having an infection that could occur.

While at home a person can take care of their feet if they follow instructions given by their physician or nurse. An effective treatment is using creams and applying them to the heels due to the possibility of extreme dryness. Be careful when using tools to remove the calluses as severe diabetics may not be able to feel pain, and this can cause a severe wound to develop.

Diabetic feet absolutely need to be inspected on a daily basis. Always notify your health care professional with any concerns that you may have about the care of your feet. Waiting to see if a wound will get better is not a good idea as it can turn into a life threatening condition. Gangrene is a serious problem for diabetics and can lead to sepsis and amputation. Early treatment and daily inspection of the diabetic feet are keys to staying healthy.

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