Dr. Mikhail Burakovskiy and our team of Seattle podiatrists at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington places foot care as a top priority. We encourage all of our patients to take measures to take care of their feet; this not only means preventing and treating potential foot or ankle injuries, but also diseases and medical conditions that can be damaging to not only your foot, but your overall health as well. These conditions can include toenail fungus and other skin conditions.
Dr. Burakovskiy noted that close to 20 percent of us could have toenail fungus without realizing it. He stated, “It’s something we treat on a daily basis. It’s a very common problem.”
This is because our skin contains many different types of organisms and bacteria, including fungus. Some conditions, such as when our immune system has been weakened, can be conducive to the multiplication of fungus. Another example would be when dark, moist, and concealed environments, such as wearing socks and shoes all day.
We recommend the following to hopefully prevent nail fungal growth:
- Change your socks frequently
- Wash your feet on a regular basis
- If at all possible, avoid getting cuts to your skin
- Do not share nail clippers or other beauty tools with others
- Do not forget to wear sandals or shower shoes if using a public shower
- Ensure that the nail salon you are visiting takes proper sterilization measures
- Avoid wearing nail polish for too long
As Seattle podiatrists, we know that treating symptoms, such as by using ointments and creams, not the only component involved in treatment. We start at the source. One of the latest treatments available that the FDA has approved, is the cold laser treatment, which has shown to have a 90% effectiveness rate. Contrast this to previous generations of laser treatment, namely the hot laser treatment, which was not only less successful, but also could be too powerful and lead to burning of the skin.
Should you have any further questions on how to treat and prevent nail fungus, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington is proud to serve Everett, Renton, Kirkland, and throughout Greater Seattle.
Please call (425) 678-3877 to schedule your appointment.
Seattle Times, article written by Dr. Mikhail Burakovskiy