Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers.
Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Tanglewood Foot Specialists provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk to a doctor about your foot pain, call Tanglewood Foot Specialists at (713) 785-7881.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION
Our office continues to be open to all new and existing patients. We use hospital-grade sanitizers and are taking measures to ensure patients maintain social distancing by not having anyone wait in our reception room with others. If you prefer to wait in your car, just give us a call and we will call or text you when we are ready to bring you straight into a treatment room. Our entire staff is wearing masks and we encourage you to do the same.
For those patients who cannot or still wish not to visit the office, we are offering private video telemedicine visits. Simply call the office at 713-785-7881 and ask for an e-visit and we will be happy to get you set up for an immediate appointment. You can also request an appointment through our website.
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Why don't over-the-counter topical medications help treat my toenail fungus?
Because toenail fungus exists beneath the nail, it is hard for topical medications to reach. The toenail is designed to offer protection to the toe and therefore isn't easy to penetrate. Many of the topical medications that are available to treat toenail fungus, whether a liquid, gel, or cream, do not penetrate the nail. Even some of the prescription topical medications for toenail fungus only work a small percentage of the time.
The topical antifungal medication that I recommend in my Houston podiatry office is Formula 3. It penetrates the nail and treats the fungus more effectively than any topical medication I've encountered. In fact the company stands behind their product and offers a money back guarantee if the toenails do not clear. Formula 3 is dispensed from our Houston podiatry office.
If you have noticed that your toenails have becomed thick and discolored, there is relief available. Schedule an appointment with Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to discuss the options toe best restore your toenails to a healthy appearance.
Will the oral medication to treat toenail fungus hurt my liver?
There are a few different medications available to treat toenail fungus. The most common is Lamisil (generic is terbinafine). Lamisil has been available for over 15 years and has been found to be approximately 85% effective in eliminating toenail fungus. The long-term followup has been fantastic as well.
When Lamisil first came to market, there was concern about the effect on the liver. Over the years, the safety profile has improved and the medication carries no "black box warnings." As a Houston foot doctor who treats toenail fungus on a daily basis, I do still take a baseline blood test to ensure your liver is functioning in the normal range, since we do know that Lamisil is metabolized in the liver. If your liver is functioning normally, I am confident and comfortable prescribing the medication.
I understand when people don't want to take medication because of side effects, but oral Lamisil and its generics are very safe and I have effectively prescribed it for patients from their teenage years until their 90's, all with excellent results. There are alternatives for oral medication, however. To have your fungal toenails evaluated and to discuss the best treatment for you, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider.
What Is Causing The Pain In My Heel?
Heel pain, whether beneath or behind the heel, is most commonly caused by an inflammation of the tendon or ligament that is attaching to the heel bone. Pain beneath the heel is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament, known as plantar fasciitis. Pain behind the heel is typically an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, known as Achilles tendinitis.
There is typically some cause of the inflammation, such as running, a stumble or fall, or exercise, but the pain will typically linger and remain. This lingering is cussed by the mechanics of your foot and ankle. Any inefficiency will overwork the legs and feet, preventing the inflammation from resolving. Controlling the mechanics with an insole or custom orthotic will help to prevent the pain and inflammation from returning long term.
The longer it takes you to treat your heel pain, the longer it will be before the pain is completely resolved. Contact your Houston foot specialists to evaluate the cause of your pain and to put you on the road to recovery.
Is A Heel Spur Causing My Heel Pain?
Most heel pain is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament or the Achilles tendon. The inflammation is caused by tension on the heel bone by the ligament on the tendon. This tension can also cause new bone to be formed, which is known as a heel spur.
If a heel spur is present, don't worry too much about it. The spur, in most cases, is not the cause of the pain. When a heel spur is the cause of heel pain, the pain usually worsens as the day progresses. This pain is often helped by using pads to provide cushioning beneath the heel.
There are times where pain from a heel spur cannot be treated with padding and surgery is necessary to relieve the pain. The only way to find out if this is the case is to visit your Houston heel pain specialists. Contact your Houston podiatrist for an immediate appointment to evaluate your heel pain and get you out of pain as quickly as possible.