No one wants to find out that they have a fungal infection on their feet. It’s extremely uncomfortable! Our Dallas foot pain expert offers some information on how to avoid fungal foot issues and tips on how to treat them.
There are different types of fungal infections. Fungal toenail infections cause the nail to yellow, harden, and become brittle. Athlete’s foot is generally caused by feet sweating inside tight-fitting shoes and causes a red, scaly, and itchy rash between the toes and along the bottom of the foot.
Thankfully, fungal infections can be avoided by taking a few precautions and there are plenty of treatment options available for both conditions.
To prevent fungal toenails, make sure you trim your toenails regularly. Feet tend to get sweaty and create a moist, dark environment inside your shoes. If you have long toenails with dirt underneath, it becomes the perfect place for fungus to grow.
Wear proper footwear. Make sure your shoes fit well and that your footwear is comfortable and breathable. Moisture-wicking socks are a great choice, as are shoes that allow airflow, like leather or canvas. If you use public showers, wear sandals when showering.
There are over-the-counter fungal nail creams and lacquers that can help get rid of the infection. There are special athlete’s foot powders as well. Your podiatrist may prescribe antifungal pills if the infection does not go away after using these products. In some fungal toenail cases, the nail may need to be removed completely to clear the infection.
Do not use nail polish when treating a fungal infection. Keep your feet clean and dry, and make sure your clippers and any other tools are clean, too. Your condition should clear up, and if not, be sure to contact your podiatrist!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Dallas, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.