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Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Once a fungal infection occurs in the nail bed it can spread easily.  Toenail fungus has been notoriously resistant to treatment from topical creams and oral medication.  It is also hard to treat when our toes are always tucked away in socks and shoes!  However, with the latest technology the doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry have seen great results from their laser treatment for toenail fungus.
This laser treatment is more successful than previous methods because the laser reaches the fungus trapped underneath the nail bed.  Laser treatment is done in our office, is painless and has no side effects.  This treatment does not eliminate the fungus, but stops it from spreading and helps your healthy nail grow back out over time.  Depending on the severity of the fungal infection, it could take 6-9 months of treatment to see the fungus eradicated.  As with any treatment for toenail fungus, the most important step is following instructions after treatment to ensure that your nails do not bec…

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The doctors and staff of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry can help diagnose and heal that pain in your heel!  The sole of the foot is known as the plantar area, and the plantar fascia is the largest ligament in your foot.  It acts as a shock-absorber that supports the arch of the foot. If too much tension and stress are put on the ligament, this can result in small tears in the fascia and cause plantar fasciitis, the term for when this area becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis is usually diagnosed after a physical or foot examination. Plantar fasciitis can develop alone or it may be a symptom of an underlying condition. Excess weight, as well as activities like running, dancing, and jumping can increase a patient’s risk for developing plantar fasciitis.
Symptoms of Plantar fasciitis include pain in the foot arch and heel, stiffness in the plantar area, and tenderness in the sole of the foot.  If you are suffering from heel pain, try resting your foot and icing the area. Changing the type of shoes …

Pediatric Foot Care

Foot problems in your child may appear at birth, or once your child is walking. Walking abnormally, or walking pigeon-toed is often the first sign that something is wrong with your child’s foot or their feet. Young children and teenagers may develop foot and ankle problems later in life, but they should never be ignored. If you notice any foot issues, schedule a consultation with Dr. Frank Killian of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC.
Children’s feet require special attention because their bones, muscles, and ligaments are all developing as they grow. This is why scheduling a pediatric foot exam at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC, is important. Exams of the feet and ankles ensure that your child’s bones are growing correctly. And if a problem does arise, it can be handled early – when easiest to treat. In addition, it is important to practice proper foot care with your child such as cutting his or her toenails straight across, keep feet clean and dry, and take the necessary steps to prevent foot inj…

Athlete’s Foot Causes and Treatment

Walking barefoot in wet, dark, communal areas that other people often frequent will increase a person’s risk of developing athlete’s foot. These places may include indoor or outdoor swimming pools, communal showers at the gym, or locker rooms. Athlete’s foot is a term used to describe an inflammatory skin disease that affects the sole of the foot and the skin between the toes. Dr. Frank Killian of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC, is here to tell you what to look for so you can discover ways to treat the problem.
Athlete’s foot may appear as a red, scaly, raw-appearing rash that occasionally may be accompanied by small blisters. Some people are more prone to this condition, while others are fairly resistant to it. Because fungal infections such as athlete’s foot thrive off of warmth and moisture, it’s best to keep the feet dry and free of sweat as much as possible. If you notice any redness, increased swelling of the foot or bleeding, contact us immediately to discuss treatment options.
If you…

Foot Care During Pregnancy

Mercer-Ocean Podiatry has seen many pregnant women navigate the changes in their feet throughout pregnancy, and swollen feet are the most common foot woe.  The body increases the overall amount of fluid in your body to help support the pregnancy, and this can end up your lower extremities. Gravity also plays a role, pulling that extra fluid down to your feet.  If you experience a lot of swelling, watching your salt intake can help because salt will make you retain fluid. There are a few instances when you should see a doctor about swelling. If you notice asymmetrical swelling, one foot much larger than the other, it could indicate a circulation issue.
Legs can also experience swelling and cramping.  Stretching when you can and adding more calcium and potassium to your diet can keep cramps at bay.  Staying hydrated is important throughout pregnancy and will also help with cramping.  For cramping and swelling, it’s important to elevate the feet whenever possible.  Do not cross your legs,…

What is Morton's Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma occurs when the nerves that reach out to the toes are squeezed between the bones and ligaments in the foot.  When toes are squeezed together for too long or too often, the extra pressure on the nerves causes the surrounding tissue to become swollen and thicken.  This can happen to several nerves in the foot, but most commonly affects the area between the third and fourth toes.  Dr. Frank Killian of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry can diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma if you have this pain in your foot!
The largest contributor to this pain by far is ill-fitting or constrictive footware.  Both men and women wear shoes too tight and narrow for them, but high heels increase the pressure and constriction on the toes, so Morton’s neuroma is more common in women due to their footwear.  Certain high-impact sports can contribute to Morton’s neuroma, when the feet and toes experience repeated trauma.  Patients with existing deformities in the foot like bunions or high arches are also at…

Causes of Calluses

Calluses can develop anywhere that there is repeated friction. However, the common callus usually occurs when there’s been a lot of rubbing against the hands or feet. Calluses are rarely painful and typically develop on the soles of your feet, especially under the heels or balls, on your palms, or on your knees. If a callus on the foot becomes very painful or inflamed, visit Dr. Frank Killian of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC to get the issue under control.
Pressure and friction from repetitive actions cause calluses to develop and grow. Some sources of this pressure and friction include wearing ill-fitting shoes, wearing shoes and sandals without socks, or by wearing socks that don’t fit properly. At Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC, a callus is diagnosed upon examination and simple over-the-counter treatments may be recommended. In severe cases, calluses may require regular shaving to keep them from becoming too large. While treatment for calluses is not always necessary, it may provide you with…