If you have a fungal nail, the first step is to take a history of the problem,” said Mark Hinkes, DPM, CEO of HappyFeet LLC, and a podiatrist with 40 years experience. “In other words, I want to know how long have you had this and what previous treatment you’ve had.” A podiatrist needs to understand the extent of the problem, and also any other medical factors which may influence their choice of treatment.
|Dr. Mark Hinkes
“We really cannot make a diagnosis by looking at the toenail,” Dr. Hinkes said. “It’s difficult to know whether it’s an infection of fungus, mold, or yeast. You must harvest a sample of the nail and send it to pathology.” That’s the only way to ascertain exactly what the problem is so the podiatrist can prescribe the best course of action. Once the exact cause of the problem is identified, the podiatrist can then move on to giving precise treatment.
Source: Elizabeth Manneh, Reader's Digest [1/4/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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