Yellow nails can be embarrassing and in some cases they can be painful and potentially problematic. Luckily the nails you have currently are not the nails that you have to live with. At Frederick Foot & Ankle our podiatrists are up to date on the latest treatments for your discolored and thick nails.
Often times the yellowing and the increased mass of the nails is due to a fungal infection. Fungus can be found in many places in the environment such as; a shower, inside of your shoes, or even if you are just walking barefoot and come across and infected surface. It is common to encounter fungus and occasionally it decides to make your nails their new home. The space created by your nail and the skin directly under the nail are often an ideal location for this fungal spores to set-up shop. Once the fungal spores have found a good location to call home, they begin to multiply and infect your nails. Normally the infection will start at the tip and then start working their way down to your cuticle. Along the way the spores are multiplying in between the layers of your nail which causes the thickness and the diminished clarity of your once healthy nails.
Now to get rid of this unsightly problem Frederick foot and ankle has several different avenues, it is up to you and your podiatrist to choose the path that is right for you. First, would be a topical antifungal solution. The topical can come in a cream, gel, or oil. The topical solution should be applied to all of the infected nails covering the entire nail surface and the surrounding edges every day. Next, there is the oral medical that is taken once a day and works from the inside to combat the infection. Third is the laser, the laser heats up the fungal tissue so that the cells are destroyed and can no longer multiply. Finally there is a faux nail that can be formed in place of your undesirable nail. With a majority of your infected nail is removed and a fake nail is molded in its place. A nail gives instant results but the nail will still need to be treated so that the new nail that grows is fungus free. With all the treatment you should be sure that you are treating your footwear to rid the from any potential infection causing fungus. The spray should initially be used on the inside of all your shoes every night for a week and then for maintenance once a week. Spraying out your kicks will also yield a more pleasant odor. Treating your shoes is important because fungal elements prosper in shoes because they provide an ideal environment for growth.
While you are doing everything correct in order to rid your feet of the unsightly invasion don't get discouraged when you do not see results immediately. Unless you choose the option it may take 2 months before your being to see some advancements. When part of the old yellow nail grows out simply trim the nail, eventually the entirety of the unattractive nail will be clipped off leaving you with clear nails to show off. On average a healthy individual's total nail will grow out in 6 to 9 months, but it is not uncommon for the whole big toe to take a year to grow out.
As a podiatrist you go through multiple years of schooling. After high school there are four years of undergraduate work, then four years of podiatry school, and finally residency for a minimum of three years. Thinking back to my first time going off to school there are some things that you don’t learn until you have been through it.
Remember that everyone is in the same situation as you; away from home and without friends. Don’t be afraid to be the first person to introduce yourself. Having a roommate can be the best experience, someone to study with, workout with, share class stories with, and most importantly someone to go to the café with. In case you need more encouragement to make new friends personalexcellence.com wrote a whole article on it.
Outside of entering into a new environment there is the daunting task of packing. Choose only clothes and items that you use regularly. Let’s be honest, if you have not worn that sweater from grandma in the last three winters you won’t be wearing it this winter at school and you won’t have room to store it. Stick with the staples; clothing for class, clothes to exercise in, bedding, toiletries, school supplies, and a picture of your family. Don’t sweat the small stuff if you forget something you can always find a place to purchase it or have it mailed to you. If you still feel like you need a more in depth checklist visit University Parent.
Everyone has their doubts and worries about their school selection. Just like anything else in life there are pros and cons to all situations. Sometimes the cons might seem more obvious because you are no longer in your comfort zone, but give your new friends and new school a chance. Almost all post-collegiate individuals I have talked to say they thought about transferring at least once during their time at school, but all were glad that they didn’t.
College is a time to try new things, so join the skiing club and make friends on the slopes, participate in research trials for the psychology department, and look into jobs that are offered on campus. Through all of the clubs, jobs, and research you will meet other students and possibly find your true passion that you would like to pursue after college or in your studies. New skills learned can be added to beef up your resume and help you in your future career. Normally at these college sanctioned events there are other people to network with that can help you during and after you graduate.
Don’t forget the reason you are in school. The best way to keep up with classwork and learning is by actually attending class. According to Forbes.com skipping one class at a public institution would mean you are wasting $51.02. Classes are a way of studying with the guidance of your professor, classes will remind you what is important to know for tests and often times the class provides further explanation and visual stimulus on the topic.
Best of luck to all the students heading off to school in the fall!
Internships are a great way to gain real world experience while you are still in school. Working during school breaks have proven to give graduating college students an edge when finally looking to land a job. At Frederick Foot & Ankle we train our interns on the job to handle administrative tasks and most importantly for patient care. For the summer we have acquired three wonderful young ladies that have helped us in all aspects of the practice.
Our most seasoned intern is Vanessa. We are lucky to have Vanessa for the last two years during her winter and summer breaks from Stevenson University. Vanessa has recently been accepted into the Nursing program at Stevenson where she is also the Secretary of the International Student Association, Secretary for the National Student Nursing Association, and public relations manager for the Organization for Latin American Students. Vanessa proves to be an asset here with her vast medical knowledge and her language skills, being bi-lingual in Spanish and English. When not taking nursing classes or helping her co-workers at Frederick Foot & Ankle, Vanessa participates in medical missions to areas such as Ghana, Liberia, and Mongolia. We have no doubt that Vanessa will do well in her remaining year in school and in her future as a Nurse anesthesiologist.
Azeen started with Frederick Foot & Ankle this year and has been invaluable when assisting the medical staff in the office. Azeen is a rising sophomore at University of Maryland, and hopes to become a podiatrist in the future. During her high school and college career Azeen has been a dual athlete playing lacrosse and Volleyball. Azeen gives back to the community volunteering for local Frederick animal shelter, helping care for the canines. Being fluent in English and Farsi can be very helpful for our diverse patient population. She admits to having an eclectic taste in music and lists her favorite artists are Bob Marley and Nat King Cole. We hope that Azeen keeps us in mind after medical school.
Our youngest intern is Alexis. Alexis graduated from Urbana High School this past spring where she was a member of the Soccer team and the Asian Club secretary. In the fall Alexis will be a freshman at Frederick Community College/Radford University where she will be starting nursing classes. When not working Alexis enjoys traveling to El Salvador, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy, to name a few location. Traveling has inspired Alexis to cook and one of her favorite dishes is Spaghetti. Alexis also speaks an impressive three languages that includes; Spanish, English, and Tagalog (Filipino). She hopes to become a pediatric nurse in New York City.
Leah is our dramatic intern, currently studying at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York where she is a rising sophomore. While in school she took place in The Crucible, takes voice lessons, and dance lessons. Leah spends her free time with her large family, she is one of eight children. She loves helping out in the Urbana community. Leah’s favorite shows include: How I Met Your Mother and The Office. At the young age of 12 Leah auditioned for a commercial and she fell in love. She aspires to be as versatile and convincing as Meryl Strepp. So far Leah has helped behind the scenes assisting with our electronic health record system and educating patients. Leah hopes to become a famous actress one day, we just want her to give us a shout out when she makes it!
If you’re interested in being an intern with us visit http://www.mynewfeet.com/careers.html and send us your resume!
Frederick Foot & Ankle always wants to put their best foot forward. As a company we want to offer complete care for our patient’s feet within our office. Recently, our store at 141 Thomas Johnson Drive received a face lift. Our initial store was not holding up to our needs. Witho our new layout we are now able to show case more shoes, foot pads, vitamins and over the counter foot treatments.
We host many approved diabetic shoes, running shoes, and supportive stylish shoes. Some brands we carry include; Apex, Surefit, Orthofeet, Brooks, and Vioics. For those of you that are not familiar with Vionics they are a brand that prides themselves on support while remaining to be aesthetically pleasing.
Our store is manned by our beautiful and capable Breanne Russell. Ms. Russell has her bachelor’s degree from Frostburg University in Athletic training, has complete knowledge of podiatric medical assisting, and is an avid athlete herself, previously playing field hockey at the collegiate level and currently weight training regularly. Ms. Russell is available during office hours and is more than capable to answer your foot ware needs. Often times Ms. Russell finds that it just takes ordering the right shoe and the correct size to make your feet more comfortable. Whenever we order shoes for our customers we have 4 point system to select the right size shoe. The 4 point measuring system is then evaluated by a pedorothist, an individual who uses their foot expertise to make a more accurate selection on the shoe size.
We are excited to offer a store that can fit shoes for people with all foot types. Our past and present customers varry from those that ran in the Frederick half Marathon and some with severe foot conditions that may require accommodation for an Ankle/Foot orthosis (AFO). AFO’s may sound like something from outerspace but actually are placed on the patient’s lower leg to help with stability and improve gait.
It is Frederick Foot & Ankle’s hopes that our podiatric office offers not only superb care for our patients but they can walk out with the same day with any products they need thanks to our now updates “My New Feet” store.At our second location, in Urbana, we have a scaled down version of the “My New Feet Store”. At thisoffice there are trained staff to help fit patients with the proper shoes and order them if necessary.
Our Urbana office is often preferred by patients that would rather visit Frederick Foot & Ankle in a more intimate setting.We hope to see many more visitors at both locations to see what our store has to offer, no appointment is necessary but to ensure a more timely visit set up an appointment to be measured for shoes (No copay required if only being measured for foot ware).
Make sure that you keep your dog cool this summer, just like ourselves they too are subject to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Even if you leave your furry friend in a car on what seems like a nice day the temperatures inside the car is actually much warmer than the outside temperature. On a day that might be breezy and 72 degrees the temperature of your car can reach up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit if it is parked in the sun for an hour.
Now that we are approaching July in Maryland the average temperature high is 87 degrees. When walking your dog try and choose cooler parts of the day, like early morning or in the evening. Always bring water for your dog on long walks to keep them hydrated. If during your walk you come across a potentially hot surface, place the back of your bare hand on the surface and if it becomes too warm on your hand before 10 seconds then it is too hot for your pet. For dog owners that have no choice but to walk on hot asphalt with their dog, a pair of dog shoes will help protect the bottom of their paws.
If you are not able to walk your dog during a cooler part of the day there are other ways for your fur-baby to exercise without going on walk that is too hot for them. Some pet parents will set up a sprinkler, fill a kiddie pool with water, or take them to a body of water. In instances where the inside of your home is warm because you do not have AC then a “Cool Bed” might be in order. The “Cool Bed” is a small durable water bed that can be placed in the freezer or filled with cool water for your pet to lay on. The “Cool Bed” can cost up to $50 but a wet towel or wiping down your dog’s paws/belly will keep your puppy cool for a short period of time. Instead of a Popsicle make a pup-sicle with peanut butter, water, and mashed banana. Mix the three ingredients together, it should be a cookie dough consistency and place a table spoon amount like cookies on a tray. Place the tray in the freezer for an hour and give to your furry friend on hot days.
Some signs of a heat stroke for a dog are heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, fever, dizziness, vomiting, and possibly unconsciousness. Old or young dogs, dogs with short muzzles, and dogs with a history of respiratory disease are at a higher risk of heat related issues.
Don’t forget to come visit Frederick Foot & Ankle with your pet on June 25th 2016 at Baker Park at 7:00 AM for the Paws & Claws Run. You are welcome to bring your four legged friend if they can play nicely with other pets.
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