What Can Cause Toenail Fungus?Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00
Toenail fungus is a stubborn and unsightly foot condition. It often begins on the nail of the big toe and may travel to the other nails if treatment is not received. It is caused by a fungus that lives in warm and wet environments, such as public swimming pools, gym locker rooms, and similar places. The fungus can enter the body through tiny cracks that are on the skin of the feet. It is easy to prevent this from occurring by wearing flip-flops or water shoes while in these areas. There may also be existing medical conditions that can lead to the development of toenail fungus. These can include diabetes, poor circulation, or illnesses that can affect the immune system. It is beneficial to limit wearing pantyhose, which may cause the feet to sweat and be at risk of developing toenail fungus. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer prescribed medication or other viable treatment options.
For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.