Monthly Archives: October 2014

End of Year Insurance Reminder

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them, the New Year. Most of your flexible spending and deductible insurance benefits will be resetting at the end of the year. Why let a good thing go unused? We want to remind you that if you have any foot or ankle problems, now is the time to come in for a visit.


Take advantage of your insurance benefits now! Get yourself a pair of custom orthotics, look into laser treatment for your toenail fungus, or heal that heel pain with Shockwave Therapy. Whatever your problem, if it’s foot and ankle related, we can help.


Call our office at (919) 850-9111 or request an appointment on our website between now and the end of the year in order to take advantage of those benefits before they disappear.


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Our goal is to help you, our patients, receive the best foot and ankle care possible. Please call us if you have any questions!

Runner’s Toenails

Running feet in fall


You wake up before the sun is up, toe the line, the gun fires, and you start that race you have been training months for.

The weather is perfect.  The crowds cheer you on, and you cross the finish with a big smile or possibly a tear in your eye as emotion overtakes you. Maybe it’s your first race or your 50th, but nothing beats that feeling of crossing the line with friends and strangers cheering you on in rock star fashion!

You celebrate and get a much deserved night’s rest. You awake the next morning with that continued feeling of accomplishment, a little sore, and then you look down at your feet. Aaaahhhhhhhhh! What is going on in the toenail department?

“Runner’s toe” has stricken! That black and blue toenail situation that might also have your toenail lifting from the bed. Must runners, especially distance runners, have experienced or are familiar with the condition. Make sure your shoe is the appropriate size and fit. If your toenail is not painful, no treatment is necessary, but keep in mind: you might lose the toenail. If it is painful or you see signs of infection, get your foot checked by a podiatrist. We treat lots of runners with toenail problems and will do everything we can to keep you running. Cheers!


Why Do My Toenails Hurt?

Happy and sad toes: Ingrown toenails

Quite a question, I know. But, a real problem for some—even young, healthy people! You see, some of us are born with very mild toenail deformities that create a curved nail growth pattern. Seems harmless until you start noticing things like, “My big toes hurt whenever I exercise,” or, “The sides of my toes get red and sore whenever I wear dress shoes.” Ingrown toenails. Not fun.

Here’s the secret to eliminating ingrown toenail pain—Foot Doctor Tricks! Seriously, there are trimming and lubricating tips that can prevent this pinching pain in the toes. Don’t try anything on your own, or the problem could worsen. A trained podiatrist can show you the tricks and tips you need to get rid of that pain. And, if “tricks” don’t work, we always have a highly successful office procedure called a matrixectomy.

So, don’t suffer! Ask your podiatrist about how to get your ingrown toenails under control. The doctors at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center will be happy to help you. You’ll be glad you did!


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Nail Your Unsightly Fungus {NOW} In Time for Summer


I want to briefly explore nail fungus, as it’s a common topic we discuss with our patient. It’s often times as a secondary or tertiary concern to their main ailment of foot and ankle pain. Fungus in the nail can appear as white, dark or yellowing of the nail, with thickened, brittle, crumbly or ragged appearance. It is often times caused by a dermatophyte fungus, as they like to live in warm, moist environments like showers, swimming pools, and shoes. They can also invade through small cuts in the skin and separations between nail and nail bed.

Fungus more frequently affects toenails as they are usually exposed to the environment fungus likes to breed in, they have less blood flow, and the immune system can have more difficulty detecting the fungus. Risk factors of developing fungus include:

  • Age
  • Perspiration
  • Working in moist environments
  • Wearing shoes and socks that don’t allow proper ventilation or absorb moisture
  • Living with someone with fungus
  • Walking barefoot in damp communal areas such as showers, pools and gyms
  • Having athlete’s foot infection
  • Other conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems, and weakened immune system.

Prevention can sometimes be accomplished by washing your feet regularly, wearing socks and shoes that absorb sweat and reduce humidity, discarding old shoes, using antifungal sprays in your shoes, not going barefoot in public areas, not using nail polish or artificial nails (with the exception of KerryFlex nails), and utilizing only sterile nail salons, like the one featured at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center. Current treatments include topical medication, oral medication, and laser treatments. For any patient who is truly ready to get rid of their fungus, I recommend a synergistic approach of utilizing all three types of treatment, including antifungal spray for shoes. This gives the best chance of treating the fungus from all angles, getting rid of the fungus and keeping it away. It can take 6 months to notice treatment effectiveness, and up to a year to completely resolve, so get treated today to have beautiful nails for next summer!


Don’t forget about Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center’s laser special, going on during the month of October: come in and get laser treatment THIS MONTH and receive a FREE toenail care kit.