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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot fungus  

When you decided to share everything with your partner, you probably never thought that foot infections would be one of the things that foot fungusyour shared. Unfortunately, when one partner develops a fungal foot infection, it's not unusual for the other partner to become infected. Our Chandler, AZ, podiatrists, Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Krahn, share a few tips that will prevent the spread of your infection.

Use appropriate cleaners

Kill fungus on bathtubs and shower stalls with cleaning products that contain bleach.

Stop sharing

Don't use the same towels, washcloths, shower poufs, socks or shoes. Wash washable items as soon as you use them, or at least separate them from your partner's laundry to prevent the spread of the infection.

Get rid of the bathmat

Many people don't realize that their bathmats can harbor fungus. Use a towel on the floor in place of the mat when you have Athlete's foot or toenail fungus. Make sure no one else uses the towel after you do.

Put a sock on it

Fungus can transfer to floors and other surfaces from your feet. Wear socks, shoes or slippers in the house to keep the infection to yourself. Donning a pair of socks can prevent your partner from infection during the night. If you can't get used to sleeping in socks, make sure you change the sheets every day.

Wash your laundry in hot water

Water that is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the fungus. It's a good idea to keep your socks separate from your partner's laundry, both in the hamper and when you wash them.

Visit the foot doctor

Over-the-counter products aren't always effective in killing foot fungus. If it's been weeks since you noticed the problem, and your Athlete's foot or toenail fungus hasn't improved, make an appointment with our Chandler office. Prescription oral or topical anti-fungal medications may finally help you get your problem under control.

Are you tired of living with a foot infection? Call our Chandler, AZ, podiatrists, Drs. Discont and Krahn, at (480) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment.

By Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC
July 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Fashion-Forward ShoesSome people are unfortunately more concerned with the way that their shoes look than what’s happening to their feet due to wearing those shoes on a daily basis. Some “fashion­forward” shoes, as nice as they may look on the outside, can actually be fungus traps, leaving the feet susceptible to the effects of foot and toenail funguses. Talk to a podiatrist about foot fungus and how your shoes can be creating the ideal environment for fungi to live on your feet.

What Is Foot Fungus?

A fungus is an organism that feeds and thrives on other organic matter. When it’s not controlled, it can lead to infections in parts of the body, like the feet. There are two types of fungal infections that commonly attack the feet:

  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Toenail Fungus

In both cases, overgrowth of fungus causes redness, itching, burning sensation and peeling of the skin. Toenail fungus also causes the nail to thicken, become yellow and flake. A strong, unattractive odor is also commonly associated with foot fungus infections.

Those Fashion­Forward Shoes...

The problem with many fashion­forward shoes is that they’re not designed to help your feet—they’re designed only to look a certain way for style. Some shoes don’t allow any room for your feet to breathe. Foot fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, so shoes that are enclosed or made of very restrictive materials (like plastic or pleather) often foster fungal infections. Fashionable women’s shoes often have pointy toes and very high heels (as high as six inches), causing the toes to push up against the front unnaturally. That pressure, combined with sweat, can also cause toenail fungus to develop.

Making Better Shoe Choices

If you are concerned about or have had past problems with foot fungus, it could be due to the choices you’re making in shoes. Here are a few tips for buying better shoes:

  • Whenever possible, wear shoes that have an open toe to allow the toenails to remain dry and cool
  • Pick shoes made of breathable fabric (like leather) and soles (ask your doctor about orthotic inserts that best manage moisture)
  • Do not share your shoes with other people who may have fungus problems
  • Ask your podiatrist about SteriShoe, an ultraviolet light that can kill fungus and bacteria that can form inside of your shoes

Your foot health should always trump your desire to wear fashionable shoes. Consult your podiatrist about better footwear choices that will both look good on your feet and prevent problems with fungal infections.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 16, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Toenail Fungus A fungal infection in one of your toenails can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. To fix the problem, there are both topical and oral treatments that can be used. If you are suffering from a fungal toenail, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. 
Fungal toenails tend to affect older men most frequently. As you get older, there is a diminished flow of blood to your toes and a longer period of exposure to fungi. Here are a few more of the most common factors that can increase your chances of getting a fungal toenail:
  • Walking barefoot in wet public areas. Walking without shoes in swimming pools, showers or gyms can increase your chances of a fungal infection.
  • Sweating heavily. If your feet are constantly sweaty, fungus will be more likely to survive and thrive near your toes in your shoe. 
  • Diabetes. Diabetes restricts the flow of blood to the extremities. Because of this, your immune system will be less prepared to fight off the fungal infection.
  • Poor shoes. If you wear shoes that do not ventilate or effectively absorb perspiration well, fungus will be able to thrive near your feet. 

Options To Treat Fungal Toenails

There are over the counter creams and ointments available, but they are generally not as effective as prescribed medications from your podiatrist. When you see your podiatrist, depending on the severity of the infection, they will usually prescribe either an oral medication or a topical cream. 
Oral medications are generally taken for 6 to 12 weeks. They work by helping a new nail to grow without any infection, and because of this, the infection resolves somewhat slowly. It will take roughly four months for the nail to truly heal. Your podiatrist may also prescribe a topical medication that you will apply directly to your toenail. 
In the most extreme cases, your podiatrist may perform surgery to remove your nail. If this happens, your nail will grow back very slowly, possibly taking up to a year to fully grow back.
To learn more about how to treat your fungal toenail or to schedule an appointment, contact your podiatrist today!