Posts for tag: foot fungus
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we find that many patients are surprised to learn that toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and other fungal infections are just as prevalent in the fall as in the summer. In fact, for some people, the risk is actually increased as workouts move indoors and footwear styles change for cooler weather. Below are five ways to help you avoid these irritating and annoying disorders.
- Keep your Feet Covered-- If your cold-weather fitness routine involves a gym or health club, be sure that you pack flip-flops or shower shoes in your gym bag. Fungal infections are spread by direct contact, and that means any place that tends to see a high volume of barefoot traffic is a prime pick-up location for infections.
- Stay Dry—closed shoes, heated cars, offices and stores mean your feet are going to be perspiring more than they do with open-air shoe styles in the summer. It’s a smart idea to keep an extra pair of socks with you and change them when you notice your feet feel damp. Moist, dark and warm conditions are the perfect breeding ground for fungi.
- Don’t Share—yes, we know that’s not what Mom taught! But when it comes to items that touch feet, such as shoes, socks, nail clippers and files, towels, etc., it’s risky business because it can pass on fungal infections so easily.
- Air it Out—alternate your shoes—don’t wear the same pair multiple days in a row. If you are an avid athlete, consider having two pairs of sports shoes so one can dry out for 24 hours while you use the other. Also, when choosing shoes, look for natural materials like leather and canvas that allow feet to breathe.
- Keep it Clean—it may sound basic, but simply washing your feet every day with soap and water can go a long way to keeping fungal infections at bay.
Don’t ignore rashes, blisters and itchy, red skin on your feet. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices so that one of our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
As the weather in Connecticut starts to warm up, we at Connecticut Foot Care Centers expect to start seeing more patients with fungal toenails. Patients may have a fungal toenail for a long time and not do anything about it because it may not cause any pain or discomfort. They are, however, unsightly. Fungal toenails are usually discolored, thick, brittle and crumbly at the edges. When it’s time for open-toed shoes and sandals, that’s when many patients decide to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will examine your toenails and determine the source of the problem. We offer the latest, cutting-edge laser treatment for fungal toenails which can quickly restore your nail to its natural beauty. To avoid fungal toenails in the future, follow these suggestions:
DO: practice good podiatric hygiene. Wash feet daily with soap and dry completely.
DO: keep toenails trimmed straight across and do not allow them to extend beyond the tip of your toe.
DON’T: go barefoot in public places such as pools, beach changing areas and rest rooms, gyms, nail salons or anyplace else where people may walk with bare feet. Use shower shoes or flip flops.
DON’T: wear shoes or socks that are too tight. Choose breathable materials and look for socks made of synthetic fibers that wick away moisture from your feet.
DO: check that your nail salon sanitizes whirlpool foot baths and all nail tools properly after each customer.
DON’T: share emery boards, nail clippers, socks, shoes, towels or any other items that touch another person’s foot or toe.
If you suspect you may have a fungal toenail infection, it’s important that you get it diagnosed and treated. Fungal infections can spread to other parts of your body and may also lead to secondary infections in the nail bed. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Bunions might seem like an issue relegated only to the elderly, or maybe to women who wore high-heels their wholes lives. However, here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our podiatrists treat patients of all ages and walks of life who are seeking relief from bunion pain.
What are bunions?
When your big toe’s bone or tissue is pushed against the next toe, a bump called a bunion begins to form at the outer joint. This abnormal pressure could be caused by your shoe choice, your gait, arthritis, or a trauma to the foot. While bunions themselves are not considered genetic, foot shape is passed down which can lead to a bunion.
How are they treated?
The first step is to visit your podiatrist for proper diagnosis. Your podiatrist will likely ask about your foot history, examine the shoes you wear, and maybe take an x-ray to see how far the bunion has progressed. Our podiatrists’ first treatment options are always conservative and non-invasive methods, such as:
- Icing and rest to alleviate inflammation and soreness.
- Changing your shoe style to a more comfy shoe that doesn’t squeeze your toes.
- Anti-inflammatory medications that reduce inflammation and pain.
- Cortisone injections to reduce swelling and pain.
- Taping and padding the area to reduce stress upon the bunion.
- Padded shoe inserts to help redistribute pressure on your foot.
- Custom orthotics to alleviate pain and prevent bunion growth.
When surgery is an option
If your ability to walk or participate in normal activities is limited even after conservative treatments were attempted, your podiatrist will likely discuss a surgical option. Bunion surgery helps to return your big toe to its normal position to alleviate pain and discomfort. Bunion surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis.
We’re here for you
If you’re dealing with bunion pain every day, we are here to help you. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our team of foot doctors is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for whatever is ailing your feet or ankles. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Ultraviolet sanitizers are reportedly capable of removing infection-causing fungi and odor-creating bacteria from shoes. One particular advice has been shown to lower the levels of fungus in test pairs of athletic shoes and leather shoes. The StericShoe involves an insert for each shoe, plugs into a wall socket, and comes with citrus-scent cartridges to help reduce odor. The device has received a Seal of Acceptance from the podiatry association.
For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal products
- Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop
Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.