Shoal Creek Podiatry https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com Austin's Top Foot Specialist Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:07:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Why see a podiatrist first? https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/see-podiatrist-first/ https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/see-podiatrist-first/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:12:11 +0000 https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/?p=198 Unfortunately, many patients still consult other physicians such as their primary care physician or a dermatologist regarding their foot problem first because they are unfamiliar with the training and expertise of podiatrists. Many diabetic patients do not even have a podiatrist despite the fact that it is well know that a large percentage of diabetics…

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Unfortunately, many patients still consult other physicians such as their primary care physician or a dermatologist regarding their foot problem first because they are unfamiliar with the training and expertise of podiatrists. Many diabetic patients do not even have a podiatrist despite the fact that it is well know that a large percentage of diabetics are at high risk of ulceration, infections and amputations! Everyone knows that you should see a dentist for your teeth twice a year. If you have a tooth problem, you go to a dentist. Similarly, podiatrists should be viewed in the same way when it comes to feet.

Podiatrists usually have a Bachelor of Science in pre-med and then attend podiatry college for four years. The first two years of podiatry college are the exact same classes as taught in medical school. So, it only makes sense to consult a podiatrist highly trained in diagnosing and treating foot problems first whether it be a skin problem, infection, pain or a fracture or sprain. I look forward to meeting you and helping you resolve your foot problems.

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Toenail Fungus – Austin Podiatrist https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/toenail-fungus-austin-podiatrist/ https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/toenail-fungus-austin-podiatrist/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:17:35 +0000 https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/?p=177 Toenail Fungus: Toenail fungus is an extremely common problem that afflicts many patients seen by Dr. Cherpack. Toenail fungus (mycotic nails or onychomycosis) is primarily caused by dermatophytes which are also the most common infective organisms which cause athlete’s foot (tinea pedis.) As many have experienced, topical anti-fungals or home remedies are highly ineffective at…

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Toenail Fungus:

Toenail fungus is an extremely common problem that afflicts many patients seen by Dr. Cherpack. Toenail fungus (mycotic nails or onychomycosis) is primarily caused by dermatophytes which are also the most common infective organisms which cause athlete’s foot (tinea pedis.)

As many have experienced, topical anti-fungals or home remedies are highly ineffective at treating nail fungus because at least 90% of nail fungus is an infection of the underlying nail bed, making topical treatment almost useless.

Definitive treatment is most successful with oral antifungals, which treat the fungus at its source. Contrary to popular belief, the oral medication is very safe and has little or no side effects. However, many nails (especially the big toenails) are dystrophic or deformed. This is evident when the nails are very thick and hard. There may be a concomitant nail infection under the nail plate, but treatment with medication or laser will not correct this problem. Dr. Cherpack always debrides (cuts, trims and sands the nails) so they are not thick and more aesthetically pleasing (which is what most patients are looking for). This treatment is very gentle and painless.

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Ingrown Toenails – Austin Podiatry https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/ingrown-toenails-austin-podiatry/ https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/ingrown-toenails-austin-podiatry/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 04:46:23 +0000 https://shoalcreekpodiatry.com/?p=111 Ingrown Toenails:  Ingrown toenails are one of the most common problems that podiatrists treat.  Under the care of a podaitrist, the procedure is COMPLETELY PAINLESS! Unfortunately, most people put off treatment until it beomes extremely painful and infected and then go to an emergency room where they are subject to the skills of an ER…

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Ingrown Toenails:  Ingrown toenails are one of the most common problems that podiatrists treat.  Under the care of a podaitrist, the procedure is COMPLETELY PAINLESS! Unfortunately, most people put off treatment until it beomes extremely painful and infected and then go to an emergency room where they are subject to the skills of an ER doctor that is not a specialist in this procedure.  One of the most common mistakes they make is not obtaining complete anesthesia of the toe which leads to all the horror stories that people experience or hear about. A podiatrist “numbs up” the toe by a virtually painless injection of anesthesia around the base of the toe near the foot using a very small 27gauge needle.  This is one of the smallest needles made.  Most emergency rooms only have the next largest needles(25 guage) which hurt more than the tiny 27 guage.  After complete anesthesia of the toe is obtained, the offending ingrown side of the nail is removed. At this point, the root or nail matrix can be killed with the application of three 30 second applications of a chemical called phenol under the cuticle area which kills the root in that area thus preventing regrowth.  One of the most common things my patient  say after the procedure is done is “That’s It??  If I had known it was this easy I would have done this a long time ago!” So don’t be afraid and call today to have your ingrown toenail taken care of at your convenience in a relaxed, comfortable office environment!

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