FAQ - Toenails
How do I make sure my nail polish is safe?
According to a 2012 study in California, reading labels is not enough to guarantee nail polish safety. Tests found three ingredients (formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate) in several brands that claimed to be free of these toxins.
The best way to reduce your risk is to go bare—don’t use polish at all. If you must use polish, use a water-based type that doesn’t give off fumes. Do your research and find companies who are serious about eliminating harmful ingredients, or call your brand’s office and ask what standards they use, how they test, and what outside organization verifies the safety of its products.
Keep kids out of nail salons, and use only non-toxic polish for their “princess parties.” Pregnant women should also limit their exposure to fumes in salons. If you must use polish, do it in a well-ventilated area. We dispensed an all natural holistic nail polish at both the Plainview and Rego Park offices. There is also a book called ” Death by Pedicure” by Robert Spalding. Reasons to be cautious when getting your tootsies done. For more information about nail polish safety and precautions to take before pedicures, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates at Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Flushing (718) 969-2266, or Plainview, NY, (516) 822-9595 today.
How do I treat my child’s ingrown toenail?
You can treat a child’s ingrown toenail the same way as you would your own. The difference is that you can’t feel their pain, so you need to be very gentle and let their reactions guide your actions. Start by soaking their foot in warm salt water for a few minutes. This will help clean the area, loosen the skin, and soften the nail. You can then gently lift the corner of the nail and put a tiny piece of absorbent cotton or dental floss underneath, to keep it from curling into the toe. You can also lift the overgrowing skin and put a bit of cotton between the nail and skin. Finish up with a dab of antibiotic ointment and a clean bandage.
If your child’s toenail doesn’t improve, or if fluid or pus begins to form, take them to Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for expert care. Call our Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, the Flushing location at (718) 969-2266, or our Plainview office at (516) 822-9595.
How do I prevent black toenails?
This common ailment of long distance runners can be prevented by making sure your toes do not rub against your shoes while running. First, make sure there is enough room in the toe area of your running shoes: your finger should fit between the end of your toes and your shoe. If you run downhill, lace the shoes snugly along the instep, so they don’t slide forward with each step. Keep your nails trimmed properly, too, and wear socks that fit well, cushion your feet, and wick the moisture away, so your feet stay dry and don’t slip around in your shoes.
Aadvanced Foot Care Associates specializes in sports medicine, and our experts can give you other tips to prevent black toenails. If your toenail has already been damaged, let us take a look. You can contact us at one of our three New York locations: Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, Flushing at (718) 969-2266, or Plainview at (516) 822-9595.
Is laser treatment for nail fungus painful?
Unlike the crackling streaks of light the evil emperor used on Luke Skywalker, there is no laser treatment pain when we aim light beams at your fungal toenails. In the hands of our certified experts, laser therapy is targeted at the fungus cells underneath your affected nail, without damaging the skin or nail itself. You merely sit back quietly for a few minutes during the treatment, envisioning the lovely new nails that will soon begin to grow.
You may feel a warm sensation in your toe, but not pain, and there are no later side effects either. You can walk out the same way you came in—minus the fungus. If you suffer from embarrassing fungal toenails, give Aadvanced Foot Care Associates a call today: (718) 896-4433 for our Rego Park office, (516) 822-9595 for the Plainview location, and (718) 969-2266 in Flushing, NY.
Is nail polish toxic?
The ingredients in nail polish brew up into a toxic mix that can result in health problems like asthma, birth defects, hormone disruption, and cancer–especially for people who work with those noxious fumes in salons all day. Some states have banned the use of polishes containing the “toxic trio” of dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde. Remember, your nails are part of your body, and they can absorb harmful chemicals just like your skin or other tissues.
The best way to avoid the problem is by “going bare” and just buffing your nails to a nice shine. The next best is to use polish sparingly for special events, and find the least toxic polish you can. Some companies have voluntarily removed these concerning chemicals from their cosmetics – although an April 2012 California study showed that not all label claims can be trusted. If you do decide to use polish, be sure you apply it in a well-ventilated space, and keep it out of the reach of inquisitive children who might inhale, or swallow it accidentally.
From questions about safe nail polish to concerns about sore feet and ankles, the specialists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates have over a century of combined experience to guide you. Call our main offices in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433 or Plainview at (516) 822-9595 today.
How do I get rid of toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is difficult to treat because it takes patience, dedication, and time to eliminate the infection, and after all that hard work it may still reoccur. The foot specialists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates can outline the best fungal nail treatment for your particular situation.
For mild infections, they may recommend the application of topical medications or anti-fungal nail lacquer. Oral medications are available and effective for some, but they can cause side effects that may prevent you from taking them.
We offer laser treatment for this type of foot problem as well. It has been very successful, and patients experience little pain or complications. If the infection is severe and very painful, the nail can be removed surgically to allow a new healthy nail to grow out – usually within a year.
If you are tired of the unsightly, embarrassing discoloration of your toenails, contact our office at Rego Park (718) 896-4433 or Plainview (516) 822-9595 to set up an appointment. Let us help you conquer your toenail problem!
How do I properly trim my toenails?
When it comes to personal hygiene, it’s good to sweat the small stuff. Living a healthy lifestyle includes the obvious tasks: showering, combining your hair, and brushing your teeth. Often overlooked is the task of trimming the toenails. To avoid painful ingrown toenails, trim them straight across, never match the curve of your toe. Nails that are kept at an appropriate length are even with the tip of the toe. This is a moderate length, trimming them too short or letting them grow beyond your skin are causes for concern. If your nails are cared for at a salon, be sure your specialist is adhering to these steps and using proper sanitizing procedures.
If you have problems with circulation, or are unable to care for your own toenails, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates of New York today! Certified podiatrists, Drs. Hal, Ivan, and Orozco will provide expert care for your feet. Schedule an appointment today!
Does my ingrown toenail need surgery?
Whether or not your toe needs ingrown toenail surgery really depends on the extent of your condition. Some mildly ingrown nails can be managed without a surgical procedure. Wearing appropriate shoes and taking steps to lift the nail above the skin are enough to keep the offending edge from digging into the toe. When conservative measures fail, however, you’re going to need the nail surgery to alleviate your pain.
There are a few other signs that you may need the procedure to correct the problem. Excessive swelling, inflammation, and pain, especially if there’s also a fluid discharge from the toe, are signs that the area is infected and needs immediate care. If this is a reoccurring problem, a surgery is also more likely. Our team at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York will help you decide what is best for your toe. Make an appointment with us online, or call one of our three offices. To reach our office in Plainview, call (516) 822-9595; to reach our office in Rego Park, call (718) 896-4433; and to connect with our office in Flushing, call (718) 969-2266.
How do I prevent toenail fungus?
It’s always better to prevent toenail fungus than be forced to deal with it, so taking preventative measures is important for your nail health. Since the infection thrives in warm, damp environments, you need to avoid fostering that atmosphere on your feet. Use moisture-wicking socks and wear a fresh pair every day. Allow your shoes to dry out for at least a day between uses. Stick to styles made from breathable materials, too, like canvas or leather. Don’t share any of your footwear with others, either, since they could potentially share their fungal infection.
Avoid walking barefoot in places where the infection thrives, like locker rooms, public showers, pools, and saunas. Maintain foot hygiene as well: wash your feet daily to get rid of old sweat and grime, and keep your nails trimmed. If you’re concerned about toenail fungus, you could pre-treat your feet and footwear with over-the-counter antifungal products. If you’re concerned you may already have a fungal nail infection, let our team at Aadvanced Footcare Associates help you take care of it quickly. Use our website or call our New York offices to make an appointment: For Rego Park, call (718) 896-4433; for Plainview, call (516) 822-9595; for Flushing, call (718) 969-2266.