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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 18, 2018
Category: Foot Health

At this time of year, we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM see many women who have toenails that are discolored, thickening and crumbling at the edges. These are the classic signs of a fungal toenail infection. Unfortunately, many patients who go to a professional salon for a pedicure come away with more than pretty nails. Nail salons are the perfect breeding ground for nail and skin infections. Fungi love places where moisture and warmth are present. Since these infections are spread by direct contact, salons have to follow stringent sanitizing procedures in order to prevent the spread of fungal infections. Below are 5 ways to help ensure a safe pedicure:

  1. Look for a license. Nail salons need to be licensed by the state health or cosmetology board. This license ensures that the salon meets certain standards of cleanliness and adheres to strict guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting nail tools. The license should be prominently displayed. If it isn’t, you may ask to see it. If a salon doesn’t have one, go somewhere else
  2. Bring your own nail tools. Salons are supposed to sanitize and disinfect all nail tools such as clippers and cuticle trimmers after each client in an autoclave or sanitizing solution. If you bring your own tools, however, you will avoid any possibility of contracting an infection from those used by others.
  3. Check foot baths. Another big source of fungal infection is the foot bath. These should be scrubbed after each client. Better yet, some salons have started using disposable plastic liners that are thrown away after each pedicure.
  4. Wear flip-flops. Don’t walk barefoot in the nail salon.
  5. Observe the overall appearance of the salon. Are the floors swept? Magazines kept neatly stacked and organized? Are the restrooms clean? Do the nail technicians have clean smocks? Chances are, a salon that looks sloppy and unkept shows a lack of concern for cleanliness and may not be the best choice.

If you think you have the symptoms of a fungal infection, contact our Washington office by calling (724) 225-7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will diagnose your condition and prescribe the proper treatment to heal fungal toenails.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 09, 2018

As the weather gets warmer here in Washington and patients begin to trade heavy socks and boots for sandals and open-toed shoes, you may find that it’s the first time in a while that you have really looked at your feet. Now is a good time to examine your feet and see if there are any issues that need to be taken care of. Below are some of the more common issues patients bring to Philip S. Pinsker, DPM:

“I’ve got this strange spot between my toes.” When you think of skin cancer your feet may not be the first place you think of, but it is equally able to develop there as on other parts of your body. If you have a freckle or mole that you never saw before or that has changed in size, shape or color since the last time you looked it, bring it to the attention of our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Another possible cause of something odd between your toes is athlete’s foot which is caused by exposure to a fungus and first shows up between the toes.

“There’s a bump on the side of my little toe.” Most people are familiar with bunions, which are characterized by a protruding bump on the outside of the big toe. It is also possible to have the same issue on your little toe and then it is called a bunionette or Tailor’s bunion. The cause is the same—a biomechanical problem that causes the joint of the toe to move out of place. The foot doctor has several avenues of treatment available for bunions and Tailor’s bunions and the sooner treatment begins the better.

“I have a toenail that looks terrible—it’s discolored and all crumbly at the edges.” In most cases, this is the sign of a fungal toenail infection. If you had a case of athlete’s foot that went untreated for a while it may have spread to your toenail causing the fungal infection. This type of disorder is also spread by direct contact and can be picked up at a gym or nail salon.

If you have any of the above scenarios or you have noticed anything else unusual about the shape or appearance of your toes, feet or ankles, make an appointment with us by calling: (724) 225- 7410 and get your feet sandal-ready in time for summer.