Posts for tag: Athletes Foot
Flip flop time of year is just around the corner, so it’s time to chase away those little critters that, as seen on television commercials, want to “live under your nail” – commonly known as fungus. Also known as onychomycosis, this condition manifests itself as toenails that appear very thick, crumbly, discolored (yellow, brown, green, or white), or with debris underneath the nail itself. The organisms which cause this condition are called dermatophytes, the two most common ones being Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophyte. These critters prefer environments that are warm, dark, and damp, thus making the foot an ideal location for infection.
It is important to treat any concomitant athlete’s foot infection, or tinea pedis, along with fungal toenails. The reason for this is because fungus can spread from the toenails to the skin and also from the skin to the toenails. Athlete’s foot appears as dry, scaly skin in a moccasin distribution or as what appears to be small, popped blisters on the soles of the feet. Symptoms can be itching, burning, soreness, peeling, blistering, or cracked skin. Some people have no symptoms at all; this does not mean that you should leave the infection alone! On occasion, the skin which is already infected with athlete’s foot may crack, thus allowing bacteria to enter the skin and cause a secondary infection. This makes treatment more difficult, sometimes requiring both antifungal agents along with antibiotics.
There are multiple ways to treat fungal infections in the foot. As for onychomycosis, some people have heard of soaking the toenails in bleach or using vinegar. These methods are not curative! It is important to treat this condition with the appropriate antifungal agent. Formula 3 is an oil-based, nail polish-type treatment that has shown promising results over the years. You simply paint the oil on all of the toenails twice daily (once in the morning, once before bed). All nails should be painted in order to prevent the spread of fungus. Noticeable changes may be evident as early as 3 weeks to 1 month after beginning treatment. Laser treatment for nail fungus is also available at our Huber Heights office location.
Athlete’s foot can be treated with the antifungal medication Tineastat, which can be purchased at all of our office locations. You should also use drying agents to prevent foot sweating and, therefore, cure and prevent future outbreaks of athlete’s foot. We have an array of products which prevent excessive sweating at all office locations, as well.
If you are suffering from any of the above mentioned conditions, make an appointment with us today so we can help to start your summer off on the right foot!
As cold weather nears, expect to see warm winter boots make their way out of the closet. Perhaps the most frequently seen winter boot is the UGG boot. These boots were originally worn by Australian surfers after they got out of the water, but are now worn by many women during the winter months to keep their feet warm.
They are slip-on rather than laced, which does not allow for a good fit. Finally, they don’t support your ankle, which can increase the risk of ankle sprains. If you have a pair of orthotics or inserts, try to insert them inside the boots to offer some support.
When the weather gets warm, both men and women ditch their more constrictive footwear in favor of the foot-freeing flip-flop. Flip-flops offer some protection for your feet, and thus they are better than walking around barefoot. They are fine to wear at the beach and public pools, as they can protect your feet from hot sand and concrete. They are also great to wear in public showers, often found in locker rooms at the gym and at the beach, to protect your feet from Athlete’s foot.
Flip-flops, however, are not meant to be an all-purpose summer shoe, and can cause several foot problems if worn too much. Because they are flat, they do not offer much arch or heel support, which can lead to foot pain. The thong can irritate the space between your toes, and can lead to a neuroma. The gripping action your toes must do to keep the flip-flops on your feet can be a contributing factor to hammertoes.
With these in mind, we at Advanced Foot & Ankle Care want you to be sensible this summer when wearing flip-flops. First, try to find flip-flops with arch support. If you are having difficulty finding a suitable pair, myself or one of our podiatrists would be happy to give you their recommendation. Second, consider switching to a “slide” type sandal to prevent irritation between your toes. Third, and perhaps most importantly, avoid wearing flip-flops for long periods of time; flip-flops are great to wear at the beach and at the pool, but they are not meant to be worn all summer long.
Neuropathy is a common complication for those with diabetes. It is caused by damage to the nerves of the body due to high blood sugar levels. Since the nerves that go to the foot are some of the longest in the body, these are particularly affected by this condition. Signs of diabetic neuropathy include pain, tingling, or numbness to the foot. Due to lack of sensation in the foot, injuries can easily go unnoticed and lead to severe complications.
Check your feet at least once a day for any injuries. Check the entire foot, even between the toes. If you have trouble doing this by yourself, try using a mirror or ask a family member for help. Make sure to see your podiatrist if you notice any sores on the bottom of your feet.
Make sure to wash and then thoroughly dry your feet daily. Drying your feet is important to prevent the growth of the fungus that can cause athlete’s foot. Use lotion on your feet if they are especially dry, but skip the area between the toes to prevent foot fungus. Always wear socks with shoes, and change them during the day if you find your feet can get very sweaty. Your podiatrist may want to see you at regular intervals throughout the year to make sure your feet are healthy; if so, make sure you keep these important appointments.