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Answers to Some of the Questions We Hear the Most at Our Long Beach Podiatry Office

If you’re suffering from foot or ankle pain, you probably have quite a few questions. We’ve created this list of some of the questions we get the most and we hope they help ease your mind a bit! If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us for an appointment.

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  • Is Athlete's Foot Contagious?

    antifungal treatment - shoe spray Yes. Athlete's foot is highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact or by touching contaminated surfaces.

    Fungus lives in warm, moist environments and is commonly found in showers, pools, shoes, and socks. The fungus that causes athlete's foot can also spread to the toenails and hands.

    The best way to treat athlete's foot is with an anti-fungal medication. Your podiatrist can prescribe prescription-strength antifungal medications to get rid of your athlete's foot fast.

    When you first notice symptoms of athlete's foot - dry, itching, burning feet or scaling, peeling skin between the toes, try an over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal medication. OTC antifungal creams such as Lamisil, Tinactin or Lotrimin Ultra are available at CVS, Rite Aid or your local drug store.

    If your athlete's foot is not improving or if you have recurring foot infections see a foot doctor who specifically diagnoses and treats foot and ankle problems. The sooner you begin treatment the better your feet will feel!

    To protect feet your feet from fungus and bacteria the podiatrists at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers in Long Beach recommend using Clarus Antimicrobial Shoe Spray available at their podiatry office. It kills fungus, bacteria, and spores that cause foot infections and, smelly feet!


    Find more information about common skin and nail infections.

  • When should get my ingrown toenail removed?

    The best time to treat your ingrown toenail is before it becomes infected.

    Ingrown toenails are commonly ignored and left to heal on their own, which can lead to even more toe pain and possible infection. Ignoring your ingrown toenail or performing at-home bathroom surgery will only make your ingrown toenail worse! 

    If you have an ingrown toenail the best thing you can do is, seek immediate treatment from a podiatrist.

    A podiatrist has the expertise and specialty to remove the portion of the ingrown toenail (NOT the entire toenail) without causing a lot of pain. If you have an ingrown toenail and need treatment call 562-433-0478 to schedule your appointment today. 

    We have two podiatry office locations in Long Beach and also offer Saturday appointments.


    Read more ingrown toenail FAQ's below:

    Why you should visit a podiatrist?

    Is there a procedure to permanently remove an ingrown toenail?


  • Is There a Procedure to Permanently Remove an Ingrown Toenail?

    Yes, there is a procedure to permanently remove your ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis).

    The procedure is called a Matrixectomy, it is a safe and effective way to permanently stop an ingrown toenail from coming back. In most cases, only a slight portion of the nail has to be removed. 

    When you have an ingrown toenail, it's best to seek treatment from a podiatrist (foot doctor), who is specifically trained to diagnose and treat foot conditions.

    Consult a podiatrist to find out what treatment option is right for you. Call 562-433-0478 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.


    Read more about Ingrown Toenails and Treatment:

    How do you get an Ingrown Toenail?

    5 Myths about Ingrown Toenails



  • Will My Ingrown Toenail Grow Back?

    An ingrown toenail is a common condition where the nail curves into the skin. Ingrown toenails can become painful to the touch, red, and swollen, especially when they become infected.

    Your ingrown toenail will most likely grow back if you are prone to ingrown nails because of: tight-fitting shoes, trimming the nails too short, a recent pedicure and hereditary factors (the shape of your foot).

    If you have pain on the outer corners of your nails or chronic ingrown toenails a more permanent treatment solution may be necessary. Surgery for ingrown toenails involves surgically removing a small portion of the ingrown nail to prevent it from growing back. 

    The permanent removal of an ingrown nail involves using a special medication to remove the portion of the nail root that is ingrown.  This prevents the ingrown toenail from growing back permanently. Ingrown toenail surgery is minimally painful and performed at our Long Beach podiatry offices

    Remember, the best thing to do if you have an ingrown toenail is get to a podiatrist right away. Avoid self-treatment! In the early stages he may be able to simply and painlessly trim out the piece of the nail that's causing the pain.

    If you have an ingrown toenail, get help from the foot experts.

    Call our office at (562) 433-0478 to schedule your appointment today.


    Related Articles:

    5 Myths About Ingrown Toenails

    Causes of an Ingrown Toenail

  • What is a Plantar Wart?

    Plantar Wart: A plantar wart is a lesion on the skin caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. It is called a “plantar” wart because it appears on bottom of the foot. There are many different strains of the virus and, as a result there are many different types of warts. Warts on the foot can be round and raised or flat, big or small.

    At Sōl Foot & Ankle Centers we use a specially compounded medication to treat plantar warts. We can usually get rid of the lesion much faster than other treatments and avoid having to surgically excise the lesions. 

  • What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?

    Ingrown toenails: There are several different causes of ingrown toenails. The condition can be hereditary, but can also be caused from trimming the nail to short or curving inward, injuries to the nail area, and/or tight-fitting shoes. Also, pedicurist who try to trim or scrape too deeply along the nail borders are often to blame as well. Ingrown toenails occur most commonly on the great toes, but can affect any of the lesser toes.

    Stop your ingrown toenail pain with the help of our caring podiatrist. Easy, simple ingrown nail treatment at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers in Long Beach.


    Don't delay on getting treatment for your ingrown toenail! We have safe, easy and effective treatment for your ingrown toenail. 

    Get your ingrown toenail treated right, the first time! Call us at 562-433-0478. 

  • What is an Ingrown Toenail?

    An ingrown toenail is when a nail begins to cut into the skin and nail fold causing pain, swelling and redness of the toe. Ingrown toenails can start off as intermittent pain but quickly progress towards infection. Ingrown toenails can become so painful that it can even be difficult to put on a shoe!

    Don't delay on getting treatment for your ingrown toenail! We have safe, easy and effective treatment for your ingrown toenail. 

    Get your ingrown toenail treated right, the first time! Call us at 562-433-0478. 


    Find more information about ingrown toenails:

    5 Myths About Ingrown Toenails 

    What Should I do About My Ingrown Toenail? 

    What Causes an Ingrown Toenail?

  • Is the PinPointe Laser Treatment Painful?

    Most people feel no pain during the PinPointe Laser treatment. Some may feel a warming sensation. An isolated few may feel a slight pinprick or burning sensation. There is no recovery period or down time after the procedure.

    If you would like more information about nail fungus treatment with our advanced laser technology. Please call one of our two Long Beach locations 562-433-0478.

  • Is Recovery Time Needed After Laser Treatment?

    No. There is no recovery period after the PinPointe Laser Treatment for fungal toenails at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers. The laser treatment is a quick outpatient procedure in either of our Long Beach locations. There are no restrictions and you may return to normal activities as soon as possible. Nail polish may also be applied to your toenails immediately.

  • When Is It Safe To Polish My Fungal Nails?

    You may apply polish to your nails immediately after the Laser treatment for fungal nails at Sol Foot & Ankle Centers.

    However, we do recommend that if you are fighting a fungal infection in the toenail that you remove the nail polish regulalry to let the nails breathe. Most nail polishes contain harsh chemicals and toxins that can be hard on your nails; so if you must wear toenail polish opt for an all natural or vegan friendly nail polish such as Dr.'s Remedy nail polish with vitamins, proteins and no harsh chemicals.


  • What can I expect before the PinPointe Laser Treatment?

    Your podiatrist will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your feet and discuss the different treatment options that best work for you. He will take the time to explain the Laser procedure, patient expectations, and what to expect after treatment, recommendations and follow-up care  that may be needed to completely eliminate the fungal infection.


    To prepare for your laser treatment we recommend removing nail polish from the affected nails 1 day prior to treatment.


    Other PinPointe Laser questions that may be helpful:

    Is the PinPointe Laser treatment covered by insurance?

    Is the PinPointe Laser have FDA approval?

  • Is The PinPointe Laser FDA Approved?

    Yes. Clinical studies for the treatment of onychomycosis with PinPointe Laser began in November 2007. In fact, PinPointe was the first laser device to receive FDA clearance for the temporary improvement in clear nail growth.

    Before and After Photos


    Thinking about PinPointe Laser treatment for you nails?

    Still have questions?

    Call our Long Beach offices at 562-433-0478 for more information

  • Will My Nail Fungus Come Back?

    Sol Foot & Ankle Centers in Long Beach provides comprehensive treatment for the elimination and prevention of toenail fungus. However, with all fungal infections there is a risk of recurrence because the fungus is present in our environment.

    There are a variety of new strategies available to help the prevent the spread and recurrence of fungus that affects the skin and nails.

    Athlete's Foot (tinea pedis) commonly occurs between the toes and soles of the feet and may cause symptoms such as itching, burning, pain and scaling of the feet.

    Nail Fungus (onychomycosis) is a fungal infection of the nails causing them to become discolored, thickened and brittle.

    If you're suffering from any of these symptoms the fastest way to cure your fungal infection is getting immediate treatment. Waiting for the problem to go away can often make the infection worse.


    If you think you may have a fungal infection, call our office at 562-433-0478 and get help today.



  • Is Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Covered by Insurance?

    The PinPointe Laser for treatment of nail fungus, onychomycosis, is considered aesthetic and therefore the procedure itself is not covered by health insurance.

    Fortunately, Sol Foot & Ankle Centers offers affordable pricing options. Office visits, follow-up care and additional foot treatments may be covered by insurance.

    Take the first step towards clear nails with the clinically proven PinPointe Laser!

    Call for more information. 562-433-0478


  • How Does The PinPointe Laser Work?

    The PinPointe Footlaser uses light to treat nail fungus by targeting the fungus that lives in and under the nail. As the laser passes through the nail, the fungus is heated, without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding tissues.

    Although the fungal infection is treated, the nail will not become instantly clear.  Improvement in the appearance of the nail  is seen as the new nail grows in.

    Before and After the PinPointe Laser


  • My toenails are thick and yellow - Do I have a fungus infection?

    Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is the most common cause of abnormally shaped and/or discolored toenails.  

    Toenails infected with fungus often become thick, brittle and have crumbly or powdery debris on top or underneath the nail. Toenail fungus can also cause the nails to appear a variety of different colors including white, yellow, brown or sometimes even black.

    If you think you have a toenail fungus delaying treatment will only make your infection worse. Prevent the spread of fungus to other areas of the foot by scheduling your complete foot exam today. Give us a call at (562) 433-0478.

    Not ready to schedule your appointment?

    Want an over the counter anti-fungal medication that actually works?

    Get help for your athlete's foot or toenail fungus with podiatrist recommended products are our sister store Foot Traffik, located next to our podiatry office in Long Beach, CA.

    Read more Information about Nail Fungus and Treatment Options:

    When to Get Treatment for Toenail Fungus - The best time to treat nail fungus is as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more damaged the nail beds become.    

    PinPointe Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus - The FDA approved PinPointe Foot Laser offers an alternative in treating nail fungus with out the risk of taking oral medications that may damage the liver.

    Black Toenail Treatment - Having your toenails turn black is a potentially serious problem that can happen to anyone. Black toenails are common among long distance runners.