Posts for tag: Fungal Infections
You should always try to pay a little attention to the condition of your feet every day since they can be one of the first places that signs of disease show up. The condition of your toenails can reveal the existence of a variety of health problems including fungal infections, nutrient deficiencies, and systemic conditions like kidney and liver disease.
Some of the signs that frequently show up in your toenails that indicate you may have other health problems include the following:
- Thick and crumbly toenails—Having brittle and crumbling toenails can be the result of using harsh chemicals like detergents, nail polishes and removers. But the crumbling and thickening may also be a sign of a thyroid problem or a bacterial or fungal toenail infection.
- Dark or white lines—Either dark ones or white stripes across your toenails may be caused by lack of amino acids that produce protein. This can be caused by liver disease and poor vitamin and nutrient intake.
- Black or green toenails—A fungal toenail infection or skin condition at the edge of the nail may cause a darkening of the toenails. Toenails that turn dark green or black could be infected with bacteria, but it also could be a side effect of taking antibiotics. If you severely injure a toe from stubbing or dropping something heavy on it, the nail and toe may turn black and blue.
If you are experiencing crumbling and discoloration in your toenails, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Since many podiatric problems can become more difficult to treat as they progress, and may also be a sign of a more serious health issue, it is important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment to avoid potentially chronic or more debilitating problems in the future.
Your feet and ankles consist of an astonishing number of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that have the major role of supporting the rest of your body and helping to keep you balanced while walking, running, or just standing there. Take good care of your feet and have regular exams by your foot care specialist to ensure good foot and ankle health.
Some of the reasons you should consult with a podiatrist include:
- Consistent pain—If you have pain in your foot or ankle that doesn’t subside after rest, icing, compression, elevation, and taking ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication, then you should see a foot specialist right away.
- Toenail and skin color changes—A yellowing of the skin and toenails may be an indication of a fungal infection. There also may be a foul odor and yellowish discharge emanating from the infected nail.
- Hammertoes and bunions—You should always have these and other toe deformities checked and treated by your podiatrist since if untreated they can worsen and require surgery.
- Corns, calluses, warts, and other skin abnormalities—Your podiatrist can expertly treat these conditions without causing further complications such as from accidental cuts.
- Numbness and swelling—These can be caused by a variety of conditions, including diabetes, and peripheral artery disease.
- Cuts or wounds that are not healing properly—You should be especially careful about this if you have diabetes since infection and amputation can result if quick action isn’t taken.
If you are experiencing any problems with your feet and ankles, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing you and your feet with the best diagnostic care and medical treatment. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Roughly fifteen to twenty-five percent of people at any given period of time have Athlete’s foot. However the prevention of this fungal infection can be accomplished by changing your socks regularly. Many people opt to wear sandals to avoid the possibility of contracting Athlete’s foot altogether. Unfortunately wearing sandals becomes difficult during the colder winter months, making the wearing and changing of socks essential to prevent fungal infection.
Regularly changing socks can also prevent unpleasant foot odor. According to the U.K.’s National Health Service, changing into a clean pair of socks at least once a day can help prevent bothersome foot odor. The material of the socks is also relevant; when compared to fabrics such as cotton, polyester and other synthetic materials are more likely to house fungus-causing bacteria.
The prevention of Athlete’s foot relies heavily on the need to maintain proper hygiene. For more information about the condition, see Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.
What is Tinea?
- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.
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