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Get Ready for Summer Sandal Season with Dr. Olsen's help:

Thomas tackled hosting Super Bowl with no problem.  Now it is time for Phoenicians to get ready for summer sandal season.  Are you concerned your toes are not ready to see the sunshine without being covered with polish to hide the discolored nails.   

There are a variety of treatments for fungal nail infections, including pills and (rarely) procedures to remove the infected nail, but topical ointments are among the most popular solutions prescribed by podiatrists.

Topical antifungal medications may come in a cream, lotion, nail polish or spray, and while you can buy some of these solutions at a local drugstore, others require a prescription.
Millions of Americans deal with onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, every year.
Dr. Olsen, a podiatrist in Thomas, offers several treatments for toenail fungus, including Jublia which was recently featured as a commercial during Superbowl.


Valeant’s Jublia® Approved for Onychomycosis Published on June 9, 2014 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Jublia® (efinaconazole 10% topical solution) for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc’s Jublia is the first topical triazole approved for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails. Currently, over-the-counter or prescription topical treatments provide limited efficacy and are often administered in conjunction with frequent debridement, or the scraping, cutting, or removal of the nail. Prescription oral treatments are limited by drug interactions and serious safety concerns. Laser therapies are also available to help treat toenail fungus. “Onychomycosis is not only embarrassing and uncomfortable, but can lead to permanent nail damage and limited mobility in the general population.” 

All topical treatments involve a similar concept: Apply it to the affected area consistently, as directed, for a specific amount of time in order to see results. With toenail fungus, the treatment time period may last several months. It can take a year to kill toenail fungus, and it may return, but it's crucial to stick to the treatment timeline in order to see significant improvement and, eventually, kill the fungus.

You would apply Jublia, using the provided brush, to the affected nail, nail bed and skin surrounding the infected area. It is the first topical efinaconazole approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat toenail fungus. It was approved in June 2014.

For information on the latest developments in antifungal treatment, consult a podiatrist so together you can assess your foot health needs. Topical solutions are among the most common treatments for toenail fungus, but depending on the severity of your condition, details of your lifestyle and reactions to medication, there may be a more effective course of treatment. To find out what's best for you, call Dr. Mark Olsen Today at 602-955-FEET (3338)!


When you injure yourself and have to keep the weight off one leg for several weeks or longer, you might be forced to give up your normal activities.  You can no longer run on the treadmill or enjoy a long walk through your neighborhood.  But just because your life has changed for a certain amount of time does not mean you have to sit on the couch all day every day.  Here are a few ways you can stay active while you are recovering from an injury.

  1. Stretch

Since you will likely have to rest more often than you did in the past, doing stretches for your back, neck, arms, and your good leg will be essential.  You do not want those muscles to get stiff and cause you more pain that your injury is already causing.  Do the stretches on a regular basis and you will find that your muscles will stay strong while you rest your injured leg.

    2.Exercise Lightly

Your physical therapist will probably give you some exercises that you will need to do with your injured leg.  Follow those instructions and make sure that every time you do your exercises that you do them correctly.  Form is just as important as repetition.  Between physical therapy exercises, there are other things you can do as well.  Lift hand weights to keep your arms strong.  Do some sit ups to keep your core toned.  And do some leg lifts on your good leg.  Keeping yourself as strong as possible will help your recovery speed up as well.

    3.Play Board Games

You are likely a very busy person without much spare time.  When you are injured, there will be many things you can no longer do.  But instead of letting your mind go to mush, pull out some of your favorite board games and play them with your kids, neighbors, friends, or anyone else who stops by to help you during your recovery.  You will have a good time with the game and you will get to enjoy people you know and love at the same time.  Plus, your mind will be occupied and you will not be thinking about your discomfort as much.

    4.Get Fresh Air

Just because you are not moving far from your house does not mean that you cannot leave the walls of your living room at all.  Even if you do not have the energy to go to work or run errands, you can still sit on your porch, deck, or at least open a window.  When you get fresh air, you will feel better all around and will likely get the motivation to venture farther soon.

    5.Look into Alternatives to Crutches

Crutches are wonderful tools, but they can also be very painful and even limiting in terms of your mobility.  After you hobble around on crutches for a few days, you will understand how many things you cannot do and how slowly you have to do the things you can still do.  Fortunately, there are alternatives to crutches on the market. has three such alternatives: the Hands Free Crutch, the Knee Walker, and the Seated Scooter.  The Hands Free Crutch allows you to walk much like normal leaving your hands free to carry whatever you need to take along with you.  The Knee Walker has wheels so you can scoot yourself from place to place with your good leg and the Seated Scooter lets you rest wherever you go.  All three options allow you to stay even more active during your recovery.