Do you have stinky sweaty feet that leave your shoes with an unpleasant odor? Are you afraid of your kids’ smelly cleats and running shoes, taking over your house? Or do you have unsightly athlete’s foot or pesky toenail fungus that you just can’t get rid of? Don’t fret any longer, you can now use SteriShoe! Highly recommended by our podiatrists!
You must be asking yourself what the heck is this SteriShoe machine! Well you are in luck it is a new shoe sanitizer that is clinically proven to kill up to 99.9% of the germs that linger in your shoes after your take them off for the day! There is a variety of germs that the SteriShoe can kill, but the most important ones that they eliminate are the ones that cause athlete's foot, toenail fungus and shoe odor.
So you are probably now asking yourself, how the SteriShoe can sanitize your shoes. Well this machine destroys microorganisms in your shoes with its germicidal UVC lamp. Opposed to the bad UVA and UVB rays you hear about in the news, UVC has been used as a germicide for decades in medical field, especially in hospitals. UVC is completely filtered and is safe for home shoe sterilization!
If you or someone you know have malodorous feet or unrelenting toenail fungus or athletes foot, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MDand Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan. And also if you have any more questions or are interested in hearing more about the SteriShoe don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists!
By Nikki Ho
Many people don't realize they have a fungal nail problems; therefore, they don't seek treatment. Yet, fungal toenail infections are a common foot health problem and can persist without ever causing pain. Normally fungal nails are characterized as a change in color, brittle or thickening of nail. Some people chose to go to see their local nail salon to have their nails trimmed and get pedicure. Most nail salon professionals do a great job of clearing up the nail and making your feet look pretty. Unfortunately, this is only half the battle. The nail salon only manages to treat the appearance and not the actually root of the problem. If the discolored nail continues to reoccur despite your pedicures, we recommend you see us in one of our locations in Frederick or Urbana, MD.
Remember, you can always avoidfungal nail infections by taking the following precautions: exercise proper hygiene on your feet, keep them dry and clip nails straight. Depending on the type of infection you have you many need a prescribed medication and have the nail matter and debris removed. This can all be done at Frederick Foot and Ankle Specialists during your visit.
Many people have also found relief in nail salon for their ingrown toenails. When a nail professional asks: “How do you like to wear your toe nails?” some people respond with, “cut them short” or “round the nails”. Dr. Yanes, Dr. Steinberg, and Dr. Ho would advise not requesting those services, as they are more likely to increase the chance of ingrown toenails. Liam Neeson, actor, deals with ingrown toenails by going to a nail specialist to alleviate the pain. If Mr. Neeson is reading this please be informed that a podiatrist could provide excellent office treatment that would eliminate the reoccurring ingrown nail problems.
Ingrown toenails, if left untreated, can become red, hot and possibly infected. It is highly advised to seek medical attention if you experience any of those symptoms. Further treatment and/or medication can be provided if seen by a podiatrist.
Have you dropped a large object on your foot and permanently damaged your nail? Or do you have yellow discolored toenails that you refuse to be seen in public? Well Keryflex might be a solution for you! Dr. Yanes and Dr. Steinberg can create a nail for you at both our locations: Fredrick, MD or Urbana, MD. Before we dive in and explain the Keryflex treatment, let’s get educated a little about fungal toenails.
Many times fungal toenail infections go unnoticed, however, they are a common foot health problem and can persist for years without ever causing pain. Normally characterized as a change in a toenail's color, brittle or thickening of nail. Fungal nails are infections underneath the surface of the nail and can ultimately lead to difficulty and pain when walking or running.
Shoes such as Ugg boots are a breathing ground for fungus. Dr. Olivier Zong, DPM has proven that these trendy sheepskin shoes are given patients more fungal problems. The problem lies in the patient not wearing any socks with the shoe and allowing excess moisture to build in the shoe. This, of course, applies to all footwear not just Uggs.
You can prevent fungal nail infections by taking the following precautions: exercise proper hygiene on your feet, keep them dry and clip nails straight. Depending on the type of infection you have, a topical or oral medication may need to be prescribed, and the diseased nail matter and debris removed. This can all be done at Frederick Foot and Ankle Specialists during your visit.
Let’s switch focus to the new technique called Keryflex. Keryflex improves the appearance of damaged nails by creating a flexible artificial nail. How does it work? First, the nail bed is prepared, with debridement of the nail and treatment of fungal nail (if necessary). A Keryflex bond is brushed onto the current nail plate and nail bed. Then Keryflex Resin gel is placed, which allows for the shaping of the nail. Lastly, Keryflex seal is applied after the shaping and UV light hardens the substances within 2 minutes.
Keryflex can allow the patient to consider this treatment as opposed to the expensive oral antifungal therapy. Not to mention, the nail will look great! It is highly advised to seek medical treatment if you show any fungal nail symptoms, the longer the patient delays the visit the tougher finding a cure can be.