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University Foot & Ankle Center’s own Dr. Caroline Gannon was recently nominated and appointed to the Board of Directors for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Serving as the lead medical contact for the wish granting committee, Dr. Gannon will support the Foundation and board by continuing to build connections between Make-A-Wish and the Middle Tennessee medical community.

“As both a doctor and parent, the mission of Make-A-Wish is something I can easily identify with and wholeheartedly support,” Dr. Gannon stated. “Make-A-Wish is an organization that provides immense hope and joy for children and families during such a difficult time. It’s truly an honor to serve such an incredible cause and I’m excited to further connect the Middle Tennessee medical community to Make-A-Wish.”

Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee grants the wishes of children between 2 ½-18 years old and have life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich their experience with hope, strength and joy. The chapter serves 38 counties in the Middle Tennessee area and grants over 100 wishes every year Although it has become one of the world’s most well-known charities, Make-A-Wish® has maintained the grassroots fulfillment to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions and relies on the support of volunteers in the local community to accomplish their mission.

For stories of the lives impacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, click here.

Do you want to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee? Click here to learn more.

Nail fungus is a topic that most people don’t like to discuss, but its one that affects nearly 1 in 4 Americans. While most people are familiar with the cosmetic ramifications, if left untreated, the fungus could lead into a more serious infection.

Up until this point, there were very few treatments for nail fungus and even those treatments provided very little success. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore.

If you suffer from nail fungus, there is a revolutionary laser treatment that is providing tremendous results.

The Genesis Plus laser is a fast and effective way to increase clear toenails in patients with oncyhomycosis without drug therapy. Developed by Cutera, this state-of-the-art laser treatment only lasts 20 minutes and causes no downtime for patients.

But don’t just take our word for it; check out what some of the other leading podiatrists across the country are saying about Genesis Plus.

If you’ve suffered from nail fungus for years, now there is something you can do about it. Stop burying you toes in your shoes and cure the fungus once and for all. Give us a call if you have questions. Univeristy Foot and Ankle Center is the only provider of GenesisPlus toenail fungus care in the entire region.

Ladies, curing your toenail fungus with GenesisPlus will help you stay healthy and give you another reason to go out and buy a new pair of shoes… and this time, they’ll be open-toed.

An ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, can happen to anyone. Often the problem is hereditary, but can be the result of improper footwear or improper nail care. Ingrown toenails can even result from harming your toe by dropping something on it or stubbing it on something hard.

Most importantly, if you suspect an infection in your toenail, or if you have a medical condition that can potentially affect your feet (such as diabetes), have the toe inspected by a professional as soon as possible.

How to treat an ingrown toenail:

1. Soak your foot in room-temperature water and tenderly massage the inflamed area of your toe.
2. Use anti-bacterial ointment to prevent infection while the toe heals.
3. Ensure your shoes fit properly

How NOT to treat an ingrown toenail:

1. Cut a notch in the nail or cut the nail in an abnormal way. This will not force the nail to grow as it should.
2. Do not rely on over-the-counter medications. These may temporarily relieve pain, but will not cure the underlying cause.
3. Do not pick at your nail. Doing so will create an infection.
4. Do not apply hydrogen peroxide to the nail. It is unhealthy to the tissue and won’t help “bubble out the infection.”

How to prevent an ingrown toenail:

1. Wear correctly fitting shoes. Not too loose, not too tight. Well-fitting shoes will lessen pain on the toes when walking quickly.
2. Keep your nails trimmed in a straight line. Do not cut them too short. A good length is if you can still get your fingernail under the sides and end of the nail but not long enough to rip holes in your socks.

If you’re currently suffering from an ingrown toenail that you can’t seem to shake, professional treatment might be the only way to cure the issue. Our doctors have treated countless cases and would be more than happy to help you through the process.