Bay Harbor toenail fungus
It is unsightly and embarrassing. Toenail fungus. Dr. Merrick L. Horn understands how important it is for you to treat and heal this unpleasant condition. He has been in his podiatry office in Bay Harbor for over 40 years and is a skilled specialist. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and Bay Harbor toenail fungus, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients.
Toenail fungus is diagnosed through clinical cultures and identification of the involved organism. It is usually a thickened and yellowish-brown discolored nail plate surface. In most cases, the infection starts at the end of the toenail and progressively involves the remainder of the plate. The vast majority of fungus nails are asymptomatic or painless and for many, are more of a cosmetic problem than anything else. Most authorities agree that fungus nails are not contagious between people but a progressive involvement from one toe to another is still a confusing issue for many. Dr. Horn is skilled at treating Bay Harbor toenail fungus using technologically advanced laser treatments.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of lasers to treat toenail fungus in 2013. Lasers produce coherent light energy of a sufficient strength and of a specific wavelength, which when projected into tissue is absorbed, producing heat and destroying tissues. Other tissue components are unaffected and so spared. It is proposed that some lasers might work by heating up the nail sufficiently to discourage fungal infections. Another approach to laser treatment of the nails uses a fractional CO2 laser to burn holes in the nail plate through which topical antifungal medications can effectively penetrate. To discuss the use of lasers for your Bay Harbor toenail fungus, or to learn about Dr. Horn’s other podiatric services, give him a call today.
Podiatry office in Bay Harbor
There are few professionals who understand the complexities of the feet and ankles as well as Dr. Merrick L. Horn. He has been in his podiatry office in Bay Harbor for over 40 years and is a skilled specialist. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and toenail problems, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients.
There are several causes for heel pain, but two common conditions are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis. At his podiatry office in Bay Harbor, Dr. Horn will examine your feet to determine what condition you have and the best way to treat it. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament located on the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when this ligament becomes irritated resulting in stiffness and pain in the heel area. The irritation that causes the condition of plantar fasciitis occurs for many reasons such as long periods of standing, long periods of bed rest, ill-fitting shoes, overuse in sports training, weight gain and lack of flexibility. The Achilles tendon is a cord that runs from the calf muscle to the heel. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed due to small tears, resulting in heel pain and discomfort. This painful condition is called tendonosis. The symptoms and treatments for tendonosis are similar to those for plantar fasciitis. Pain and stiffening occurs in the heel area and is most noticeable after inactive periods such as when you first get off your bed in the morning or after long drives and at the start of a long walk or jog.
In most cases plantar fasciitis is a controllable condition and there are treatments to help ease the pain and discomfort. The most common suggestion is to wear better shoes and inner soles that will provide firmer support to the area. Relief can also be accomplished by stretching the calf and arch and by massaging the area and applying ice for ten minutes at a time, two times a day. If the symptoms persist, additional treatments include custom made orthotics, steroid injections, physical therapy, night splints, and cast boots. A new treatment used at his podiatry office in Bay Harbor that has proven to be very successful is Orthotripsy or ultra-sonic shockwave therapy. This is a non surgical, non invasive treatment that targets the affected area with shock waves that produces a pain relieving effect at the site and stimulates healing factors such as the formation of new blood vessels and tissue regeneration. The best way to begin treatment of tendonosis is to rest the foot, use heel cushions for elevation, stretching the Achilles tendon and icing the foot. Call us today and take the first step to eliminating your heel pain.
Oftentimes young children are in need of foot and ankle care just like adults. As a parent, it is of utmost importance that you pay attention to your child’s overall health and development, and their foot health should factor into these concerns as well. Children are capable of developing a number of different foot problems since their feet are growing rapidly and being used for new activities every day. Here at our top rated podiatry office in North Miami Beach, Dr. Merrick L. Horn and Dr. Jean-Jacques Kassis, can diagnose and treat all of your children’s pediatric podiatry issues.
As a parent, you should make sure to keep an eye on your child’s overall growth and to pay attention to how they walk and carry themselves in order to determine whether their foot health is of any concern. Some common foot conditions that children may experience include the development of flat feet, pigeon toes, bowed legs, in-toeing, toe walking and excessive tripping or falling. Dr. Horn and Dr. Kassis will examine your child and develop the safest and most effective treatment plan which may include orthotics, physical therapy and other such minimally invasive techniques. Your child’s foot and ankle problems will be treated in our warm and friendly environment with gentle and compassionate care.
Children are also capable of hurting themselves, so any instances of broken or fractured bones, torn or sprained ligaments and other such issues can be brought to our pediatric podiatrists in North Miami Beach as well. Here at our podiatry office, a great number of foot health related issues can be treated and your child’s overall foot health and development can resume as normal.