Dr. Oz recommends laser for fungal nails

I was home this afternoon helping nurse my wife past a bit of minor surgery and the famous Dr. Oz was on he TV. He had segments on athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis) and fungal nail infections (onychomycosis, tinea unguium). He recommended terbinafine-based topical creams as over the counter remedy for athlete’s foot infections. For the nails, he mentioned that laser treatment of the nails is…

Orthotics & the NY Times Article

The January 18 edition of the NY Times published an article about foot orthotics. The article used comments from a few doctors, particularly a Dr. Nigg from the University of Calgary to raise doubts about their use and effectiveness. Much like a short feature on your local television news, the article was a superficial presentation of a complicated topic. It had a particular premise–a “warning”…

Fungus in the Toenails

I just got back from a medical conference. In the middle of winter, they aren’t exactly going to be held at the North Pole, so as an incentive to increase attendance they’re held in nice, warm locations such as Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Yes, I do attend [most of] the lectures and speak with the vendors, sponsors and other doctors. And yes, there’s ample…

New Year’s Foot Pain

Ok, so who amongst us hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight/exercise more? The health clubs are chock-full all through January. Some will keep going well into February and beyond, the rest are what the health clubs refer to as “profit margin”. Many will be working out on the treadmills, elliptical exercisers, bicycles and participating in varying types of exercise classes to get…