Don’t be a FLIP FLOP.
Are your feet fit for summer? It’s time to treat your tootsies says Zoe Griffin in today’s Mail on Sunday
Martine comments on state-of-the-art treatments for nail fungus…Lunula Laser therapy
The London Nail Laser Clinic to feature on Embarrassing Bodies
Owners of a Radlett business will be thrust into the limelight on Thursday evening, as they feature on television show Embarrassing Bodies.
Michael and Martine Abrahams, who run The London Nail Laser Clinic, in Station Road, offered treatment to Charlotte Jones, who is suffering with an “out of control” toe infection.
The 25-year-old Liverpudlian had stumped her toe badly while holidaying in America, and after being turned away twice by GPs, decided to appear on the channel four television show.
Show doctor Dawn Harper decided Ms Jone’s toe infection had “gone too far” without treatment and recommended she visited the Radlett clinic.
Mr Abrahams said: “”Although many GPs do very good work and are to be respected for they do, they are not necessarily experts in foot care and may not have rapid access to podiatry.
“After hearing Charlotte’s story, we were surprised Charlotte hadn’t been referred sooner to a podiatrist after returning to the GP at Christmas with her nail complaint.
“We were really eager to meet Charlotte and confident we could solve her problem.”
Thursday May 3,2012
By Dr Aamer Khan and Lesley Reynolds
Tend your toenails
Cutting the nails correctly will help to prevent ingrowing toenails. Trim the nail straight across, following the natural shape of the nail and avoid cutting too close to the skin and yanking at hangnails.
Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is another very common problem. Most types of infection, which thrive in warm, moist conditions, are harmless and can be caused by trauma to the nail, inflammation from an ingrowing toenail or untreated athlete’s foot. Good hygiene habits are crucial so wash your feet daily and always dry them thoroughly.
Try Pharmaceuticals Advanced Footcare Fungal Nail Treatment Pen, £18.49 (Boots). After one week of application the nail’s appearance should begin to improve. If the fungus is persistent make an appointment with a podiatrist.
The PinPointe FootLaser (thelondonnaillaserclinic.co.uk) is a new one-off painless treatment for treating nail fungus. Prices start at £350, depending on how many nails are affected.
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COULD A LASER CURE YOUR FUNGAL FEET?
Tuesday June 5,2012
By Laura Milne
IT’S safe to say my feet have never been my best feature but until I got married six years ago I never paid them much attention. Then during a pedicure the night before my wedding the beautician smacked me on the foot with her file and told me in no uncertain terms she shouldn’t be touching my feet at all.
It seemed my husband-to-be had taken the old adage “what’s mine is yours” rather seriously and had passed on his fungal nail infection.
Several years on and despite a few half-hearted attempts to deal with it by using various over-the-counter potions from the pharmacist it has stubbornly remained and has now spread to the neighbouring toe.
Between 10 and 25 per cent of us suffer from some kind of fungal nail infection or onychomycosis to give it its proper name. There are three or four types of infection but the most common is caused by dermatophytes – which makes the nails become yellow or brown in colour and have a crumbly texture – or candida, which is a yeast that gives the nails a yellow or white powdery appearance. This is caused by microscopic fungi entering the nailbed through tiny cracks, cuts or small separations between the nail and bed.
Cutting the nails too short or over-zealous pedicuring, as well as damage to the nail caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes or playing sport, are all to blame.
The difference with laser treatment is that it is localised.
Martine Abrahams, a podiatrist at the London Nail Laser Clinic
A typical first sign is a white or yellow spot under the tip of the nail. As it spreads the nail becomes more discoloured. It may also thicken and develop a distorted shape and the edges may become brittle and deteriorate.
It is not only unsightly but can also be painful and the nail becomes impossible to cut at home. In some cases the infected nail even separates from the bed.
If this is combined with poor circulation due to age or numbness (often seen in diabetics) it can cause real problems.Men tend to be affected more often than women as are those who use gym or swimming pool changing rooms or have sweaty feet.
Fungal nail infections are very difficult to treat. Once you develop one it is unlikely to go by itself. Our bodies can fight off viruses or bacterial infections but not fungus.
Traditional treatments include topical anti-fungal solutions such as Curanail which are painted on to the nail or oral anti-fungals for more stubborn infections.
They have to be taken for several months and can cause unpleasant side effects such as nausea, headaches or abdominal pain. In extreme cases they can even cause liver damage.
In search of a less severe cure I seek out Martine Abrahams, a podiatrist at the London Nail Laser Clinic who has successfully treated 2,500 patients using a laser treatment called the Cynosure PinPointe FootLaser.
Developed in the US it uses an infrared beam to target the fungal spores and nailbed.
It is administered via a pen-type device that is passed over the entire surface of the nail and back over the bed. The spores react to the heat which breaks up and destroys them.
“The difference with laser treatment is that it is localised so it only treats the immediate area and healthy tissue is left undamaged,” explains Martine.
It isn’t painful but I can feel the nail heat up as the probe passes across the surface. Occasionally there are popping noises and I can see little sparks caused by the laser burning away spores on the surface of the nail. When the nail becomes hot I can feel little pinpricks of heat.
If it works, in a couple of months time the new healthy nail should start to become visible as it grows – hopefully reattached to the bed.
WHILE effective in one treatment the clinic advises a follow-up to ensure infection is cleared. Risk of re-infection is high. Martine recommends over-the-counter creams Canesten and Lamisil sequentially following the treatment.
She also prescribes separate towels to dry the infected areas, wiping the shower or bath with antiseptic wipes before and after use, washing socks and bed linen at 60ºC to kill the spores and spraying footwear with an anti-fungal spray.
There is also an ultraviolet shoe sanitiser (www.sterishoe. co.uk) to kill the bacteria and fungus in the ends of the shoes.
Cynosure PinPointe FootLaser treatment costs from £400 for one foot or £500 for both.