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By Dr. Rion Berg
October 03, 2017
Category: Fungus toenails
Tags: laser treatment  

At this time of year, many of us start to think about costumes for our kids and possibly even ourselves if we really get into Halloween. People come up with all sorts of crazy ideas for costumes including painting their toenails black, green, or some other color combination that will make them look as freaky as possible. Very likely some kids are still wanting to go as football players like Marshawn Lynch.

But perhaps for you ugly toenails are not a one day event but a constant reminder that you might be headed for beast mode by having toenail fungus. As a Seattle podiatrist, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to worry about transforming into beast mode permanently just because your nails look bad.

At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we've been treating fungal toenails for over 30 years and we've been using laser treatment since 2012. We'd love to help you get rid of this problem so you can stop worrying.

What Is Fungus?
Fungi are microscopic organisms called dermatophytes. They live everywhere in our environment, but in particular they love to live in dark, damp places. In Seattle, as we move our toenails out of sandal mode and into sock and boot mode we are setting our toenails up for beast mode by having have more exposure to the critters we call fungus.

Who Is More At Risk?
Just because you don't live in Hawaii and wear sandals all year long doesn't mean you're at great risk for getting a fungal toenail infection. But here are some ways you could be:

  • wearing cotton socks that don't wick away moisture if you sweat a lot

  • running in tight shoes can cause repetitive micro trauma to the nail allowing fungus in to set up shop

  • exposure to fungus in locker and shower rooms (always wear flip flops in these situations)

  • getting older and having a weak immune system

  • genetic predisposition - there is a chance you are genetically more likely to get fungal nails. If your parents have toenail fungus, be sure to be scrupulous about preventing it.

What You Can Do About It

Once you have toenail fungus, you may decide to head for the pharmacy or online to purchase a topical that claims to get rid of fungal nails forever. Unfortunately, things aren't that simple. Fungal nails are difficult to treat because the fungus lives under your nail as well as on your skin and on top of the nail.

If you have very little fungus you might get lucky with one of these treatments but more often than not you'll need much more. At our office, we will test your nails to be sure they do have fungus and then treat you with a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. You can visit our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center for more information.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Are you a runner? You can download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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By Dr. Rion Berg
October 28, 2015
Category: Fungus toenails
Tags: laser treatment  

zombie toenails fungal toenailsDo you start unconsciously reciting "Double double, toil and trouble" each time you look at your feet? Are your loved ones suggesting a bit too strongly that you go as a witch or zombie this Halloween? If you're tired of looking at your dreadful digits, you may have gone too long without doing something about your ugly, fungal toenails.

No one should have to live with feet that resemble a Zombie's.

Before you hit your first Halloween party, create a new chant. "Imagine, imagine, beautiful toenails." And say that three times a day. OK it may not be Shakespeare but if it helps you pick up the phone and make an appointment with Dr. Rion Berg, then it's worth all the trouble, without the double double.

How we kill the fungus

Getting rid of fungal toenails does not require a secret potion or incantation, but it does mean you'll need to come and see us at Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City. We provide laser treatment which is safe, painless, and takes just 30 minutes. The laser penetrates the nail to kill the fungus growing beneath it.

What you need to do to keep the critters down

In addition to laser we'll give you all the supplies you need to keep the critters down. One tool is the Shoe Zap that sounds like something Frankenstein would use but don't worry it will only zap the the fungus and bacteria in your shoes.

What you can do to avoid it in the first place

Fungus lives everywhere, but it lives in some places in greater numbers than others. It particularly loves dark, damp environments like feet that live inside shoes. Although anyone that wears shoes can get toenail fungus It's most common in athletes or those who've had trauma to the nail, folks who go barefoot in showers and locker rooms, and women and men who frequent questionable spas to get pedicures. Check out Our Guide to Eliminating Ugly Fungal Nails to learn more about prevention.

More information about fungal nails

Fungal Nails are More Than a Cosmetic Problem in Diabetic Patients
How To Convince Your Husband to Get His Fungal Toenails Treated
It's Been Life Changing - Results of Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

We want to keep your ugly, scary toenails from being a lifelong problem. Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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Photo  credit: Home Sweet Nails

By Dr. Rion Berg
February 07, 2013
Category: Fungus toenails

Toenail fungus.  It's unsightly. It's ugly.  Your loved ones may be bugging you about doing something to get rid of it. 

Or perhaps you want to make sure when you take that next vacation you'll be able to wear sandals to show off your feet. With summer on the horizon, now would be the perfect time to come in to the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City to get your toenails treated. 

Why Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus?
Some treatments currently used are ineffective or can cause liver damage and other side effects. Topical treatments alone do not work because the infection lives under and inside of the nail and most treatments cannot effectively reach and destroy the infection.

Our PinPoint Footlaser is the first FDA approved laser clinically proven to treat toenail fungus. It's completely safe, painless, and has no side effects. Improvement in nail appearance can be seen in about 4-6 months.

Diabetic Patients
As a person with diabetes you may be at greater risk for developing a fungal nail infection than non-diabetic patients. In one study, there was a 15% rate of secondary infections in diabetic patients with fungus toenails compared to a 6% rate in diabetic patients without fungus toenails. In addition, diabetic patients with toenail fungus, had three times greater risk of developing a foot ulceration (wound).

So if you want to say goodbye to ugly toenails and get ready to strap on your sandals this summer, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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