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By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
May 12, 2014
Category: Toenails

Laser Therapy gets your Feet Ready for Wearing Sandals!We’re getting closer to Memorial Day weekend—one of the most traveled holidays in the United States and an unofficial “kick off” to the summer season. This holiday is a chance for you to enjoy an extra day off to spend time with family and be active in warm weather. Many people will be making the most of sandal season. Of course, fungal infections keep some people from wanting to show off their toes in summer shoes. If you are one of them, you may want to consider laser surgery for toenail fungus to restore your feet.

Toenail fungus is hard to eliminate and can significantly alter the appearance of your nails. The condition can also make it uncomfortable to wear some shoes. There are a variety of therapies to treat the problem, but most of them take a long time to eliminate the infection. Laser surgery for toenail fungus targets the damaged cells directly, eradiating the bacteria buildup in just a few treatments.

With the source of the infection gone, your toenails are able to start re-growing healthy tissue right away. You’re able to see the difference as the nail grows out. The procedure also doesn’t have any of the potential side effects of the more traditional medications used to treat this condition.

Consider giving your toes their own vacation treat for Memorial Day weekend. Don’t resign yourself to hiding your toes all summer long. Contact the laser experts here at Northpointe Foot & Ankle in Berkley, MI, to make an appointment. Let us help you clear up your feet and keep them sandal-ready. Use our website request form or call (248) 545-0100 to reach us.

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By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
August 15, 2012
Category: Toenails


Most nail polishes contain formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical best known for preserving cadavers. On a toenail, the formaldehyde dries and damages the nail. Polish remover has acetone, which is popular for removing adhesives and paint, and it is also damaging for the nail. This damage can leave the toenail susceptible to fungus infections. The dry white flaky condition of the nail when the polish comes of is often presumed to be a fungus and when in fact, it is damage from the polish.

 Even though summer brings with it sandal season, it is a good idea to give your nails a chance to recover by not wearing polish all the time. What about just wearing a base coat?  Clear polish is still just as damaging. It’s not the color that does it – it’s the polish itself.

So, is there such thing as good polish? The answer is yes. There is no nail polish that is totally natural, but the best thing to look for in nail polish is one that is "Three-Free," meaning free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DHB) and formaldehyde — all known carcinogenic ingredients.  Some brands that are “Three-Free” are: Priti, Zoya, 
Aquarella, Butter London, and Sante.

By some reports, the natural polishes are inferior, but your health should probably trump the prettiness of your toenails. There are also “healthy” polishes that contain vitamins, tea tree oil, and wheat protein. These are better for the nails and have antifungal properties. Even so, no polish is still better than these.

So if you’re on vacation, go crazy, wear polish for a week if you’re wearing shoes that will show your toes. But otherwise, treat the nails right and keep them healthy for years to come.

Thank you for visiting our website!  Please continue to learn more about your foot care needs by reading other informative articles and by visiting our helpful links.  NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is located in Berkley, MI and has been serving the people around the Southfield, Berkley, Ferndale, and Royal Oak area for over 30 years.  Request an appointment via our website or call our office at (248) 545-0100

By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
August 09, 2012
Category: Toenails

Do you enjoy pedicures?  Are you sure Although state regulations require manicurists to throw out nail files and buffers after they have been used on a single customer, every year a number of salons are caught reusing filers and buffers, which can transmit fungal nail infections.  Just last year, investigators distributed citations for a range of violations, including unlicensed employees, unsanitary tools and lack of sterilization.

At some salons, staff members used blades on customers.  Blades are supposed to be used by podiatrists only and should not allowed in a salon at all.  Misuse of blades can lead to skin breakdown and cuts, which can cause infections.

To avoid problems, customers should ask salons how they sanitize their tools, and if they reuse nail files and buffers.  Customers also should check for licenses, which indicates the salon is aware of the latest public health requirements.  Be sure to be aware of these safety concerns when visiting a salon to keep your feet healthy!

Thank you for visiting our website!  Please continue to learn more about your foot care needs by reading other informative articles and by visiting our helpful links.  NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is located in Berkley, MI and has been serving the people around the Southfield, Berkley, Ferndale, and Royal Oak area for over 30 years.  Request an appointment via our website or call our office at (248) 545-0100.

By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
January 18, 2011
Category: Toenails
Tags: toenail trimming   foot pain  

Can a V-shape prevent ingrown toenails?

No!

  1. The v-shape will not prevent a painful ingrown toe nail, it will actually cause your ingrown toe nail to get worse.
  2. The "v" shape will remain as the nail continues to grow out. The nail will not grow toward the center as some myths would lead you to believe.
  3. To help prevent ingrown toenails, you should cut your toenails straight across so that they do not curve around and dig into your skin.
  4. It is also helpful to use a a toenail file so that the nail is not sharp or jagged, possibly digging into the surrounding skin.
  5. Remember if your ingrown toe nail is complicated by diabetes, neuropathy or poor circulation, you should schedule an appointment to have your toenails inspected by a podiatrist to avoid further complications.