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By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
October 11, 2017
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, have extensive experience with treating toenail fungus infections. Come see us at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Please visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn how to prevent this and any other conditions from developing into complications that may require medicine or surgery to cure.

Toenail Fungus is also referred to as onychomycosis. It is an unsightly disorder of the toenail that causes the nail to become thick, yellow and display white spots. The longer this condition is not treated, the greater the chance of it becoming brittle and breaking or chipping away. One important cause of this condition is the overuse of antibiotics, which is a major contributing factor of toenail fungus, especially with the oversubscribing of them by today's doctors. The reason this occurs is because antibiotics distort the stomach and allow for fungi to gain in numbers and eventually get into the blood and cause infections. Another cause of toenail fungus is when toes are exposed to the fungus present in dirt.

Treatments for this condition include natural methods such as petroleum jelly which acts to prevent oxygen from reaching the nail, thereby causing the fungi to asphyxiate. Since petroleum jelly is waterproof, it works wells throughout the day in a variety of conditions. However, socks should be worn to prevent it from being rubbed off the nail.  Furthermore, shoes should be disinfected as they are optimal environments for the growth of fungi. Use foot powder that will spread antifungal agents to prevent a toe nail infection. Following these natural treatments may allow your toenails to grow healthy and destroy the fungus infection.

Since toenail infections can eventually lead to a breakdown of the toenail, please contact our offices today. We can help destroy any fungal infection and bring back healthy nail beds for the long term.

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
October 04, 2017
Tags: wounds   skin grafting  

Skin grafts are important in wound healing. When they are required, it is imperative that they be applied and cared for with diligence to prevent them from failing. Our team of podiatrists, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, has great experience with skin grafting and can perform this procedure when it is beneficial. Come see us at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Please also visit the Patient Education section of our website for detailed information about grafting and other surgical procedures that can help you maintain your foot and ankle health now rather than later.

Skin grafting is more widely used than at any previous time. In regards to the feet, it is beneficial for large wounds since it promotes quick healing when natural recovery may not be fast enough. In particular, victims whom have been severely burned or those with painful injuries elect for skin grafts. Thinner grafts usually work better at first, but are not very durable due to their fragility. Thick grafts are more durable and retain more of the natural pigmentation and allow for a greater amount of sensation. Grafts, no matter the thickness, should not however be placed on tendons, cartilage or bone because they will not receive an ample supply of blood that is required for proper healing. As for the mechanism of how grafting on the feet works, fibrin and collagen help to bond the graft to the wound underneath the graft. A week after the grafting surgery, skin grafts generally stick to the wound successfully. As the graft heals, the area around the wound should be kept moist and with abundant antimicrobial materials.

It’s important to note that negative effects happen when there is a lack of sweat glands, which may cause a dry state in and around the wound. Due to the complexity and level of care required after this procedure, please contact our offices now so that we can assist you with any grafting concerns you may have.

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
September 27, 2017
Category: foot surgery

Ankle replacement is a surgery generally utilized to treat arthritis in the ankle if it becomes deformed or suffers a loss in cartilage. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, have the knowledge and experience to perform this surgery on your ankle. Come visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Please also visit the Patient Education section of our website for more information about this surgical procedure and many other foot and ankle conditions so that you can exercise proper care before a minor issue becomes a source of severe pain.

Ankle replacement surgery is required when complications from arthritis or serious injuries like a broken ankle result in a loss of cartilage and pain in the ankle region. However, if a patient suffers from a severe deformity, has lowered muscle function or low blood flow in their foot and ankle region, then they would not likely be a good candidate for this surgery. During this procedure, the ankle bone is cut, allowing for metal and plastic apparatuses to be placed in such a manner so as to recreate the ankle joint mechanism. Muscles or tendons are lengthened to help with the ankle’s movement. Complications from this procedure are possible, although not routine, and can include nerve damage, blood clots or infection. Furthermore, healing from this type of surgery may be problematic for patients who smoke, have diabetes or have rheumatoid arthritis since these conditions can complicate the amount of blood flow to the surgical site.

A recovery period will be needed post-surgery including no weight-bearing on the ankle that underwent surgery to allow for the metal and plastic implants to be set in place. Treatment can include anti-inflammatories to prevent swelling, therapy to strengthen the ankle muscles, pain medications and supporting devices such as braces. Since this is an important surgical procedure, please contact our offices now so that your ankle is in good hands!

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
September 21, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Calluses  

Calluses are caused by recurrent pressure on the foot, causing dense layers of skin. They are generally the result of poorly fitting shoes. The skin thickens as a protective mechanism to prevent against other complications from forming, such as blisters, for those on their feet for extended periods of time. They can start to get painful and irritating as the callus becomes dry and may even start to bleed. More information about the symptoms associated with this condition and other helpful information can be found on the Patient Education section of our website, which will serve as a valuable resource in helping you manage your calluses after visiting us.

As noted above, calluses can be painful and lead to uncomfortable situations. Treatments are available such as removing the calluses so that they don’t return. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can determine if your calluses can be removed and will perform the procedure to avoid any infections or complications. Come visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668 to restore the normal skin on your foot and relieve pain in the process. Your calluses may need to be trimmed by shaving hardened layers of skin with a sharp tool such as a scalpel. Attempting to perform this procedure at home is not advised as further complications can develop due to abnormalities residing underneath the callus. Moreover, our staff can help determine the root cause of your calluses. These causes can be an underlying deformity or improper footwear. By choosing to seek medical attention rather than self-scraping the calluses off at home, the probability of eliminating the callus from ever returning greatly increases.

Removing calluses together with an approach of diagnosing the underlying issue behind them is the best way to permanently remove them from your feet. As such, please contact our offices today so that we may be able to help make sure your calluses never return! 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
September 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Laser fungal treatment is a state of the art procedure that utilizes a laser beam to destroy fungus present in toenails. It has become a wonderful alternative to invasive surgical treatments that require long recovery times. Please contact our offices to learn more about this procedure and how it may be able to get your toes looking clear again!

Laser Fungal Nail Treatment assists in turning discolored and marred toenails into clear and healthy looking nails in a half hour treatment. After treatment, new nails will grow in after about a year. This treatment is especially helpful because fungal nail infections have the potential to produce a permanent nail deformity. Such a deformity can obstruct normal tasks such as walking or participating in sports activities. Furthermore, nail fungus can also lead to severe health complications for patients with diabetes. Causes of toenail infections include an inherited family trait, age, a compromised immune system, climate or exposure to the fungus from public facilities. Without this revolutionary treatment or any form of early attention, fungal toenails can cause health problems and other far reaching bodily issues.

As you can see, laser treatment is effective since fungal toe infections are generally difficult to get to because they reside underneath the nail, making it difficult for other types of treatments to get rid of the infection. Other treatments like special nail polish or generic medicines can cause added health issues when attempting to combat fungal infections. Laser treatment is reliable and successful with the added benefit of being a painless procedure. Feel free to review the Patient Education section of our website to review educational videos and other foot care information and links to assist you with making a positive change for your foot health.                                              

Laser treatment of fungal infections has a proven track record. Our team of foot doctors Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM can assist with turning your nails from yellow to clear with the application of our laser treatment. Please visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. We hope to hear from you soon!

           

 





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