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By Foot First Podiatry Center
April 09, 2019
Category: Toenail conditions

Fungal toenail infections frequently appear to be going away but then the infection comes back. They can be very difficult to completely eliminate, especially because the inside of your shoes is the perfect location for the fungi to thrive.

As we age, we are more likely to develop fungal toenail and bacterial infections on our feet due to the decrease in blood flow to the extremities and the slowing down of the immune response.

Some of the main causes of recurring fungal toenail Infections include the following:

  • Surface treatment—Over-the-counter remedies may not completely kill the fungi. Symptoms may subside for a while, but they often return requiring even more aggressive measures.
  • Repeated contact with the fungi—Decontamination of your footwear is essential to prevent new infections from getting a foothold (so to speak!). Always be sure that any shower you share with others is properly disinfected to prevent spreading.
  • Lowered immune response—People who have diabetes and circulatory disorders are more susceptible to getting recurrent fungal toenail infections, so see your podiatrist.

Treating and preventing difficult fungal toenail infections involves the following:

  • Ask your podiatrist about cutting edge laser therapy for the treatment of difficult fungal toenails. Prescription medications may also be helpful. In the case of extremely advanced infections surgical removal of the nail will be require and a new, healthy nail will grow in place.
  • Use antifungal spray and lotions in your shoes and on your feet and socks.
  • Let your shoes completely dry between wearing to help kill fungal and bacterial organisms
  • Protect your feet and wear shower shoes or sandals in locker rooms, showers, and pool areas to avoid contact with fungi and bacteria.

If you have a difficult fungal toenail, infection, see your podiatrist for the proper care. 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!

 

By Foot First Podiatry Center
November 27, 2018
Category: Toenail conditions

Although fungal toenail infections are more common in the warmer months, it doesn’t really matter what the temperature is outside since the inside of your shoes stays nice and warm and moist—which is the perfect environment for fungi and bacteria to grow in.

The fungal organisms that cause toenail infections are the same ones that cause athlete’s foot infections. They are common in gyms, locker areas, and shower rooms, so protecting your feet will help avoid contact.

Once a fungal infection has progressed to the point where your toenails are severely discolored and brittle, it can be very difficult to remove without the help of your foot doctor.

To avoid getting an athlete’s foot or toenail fungal infection, take the steps to minimize your contact with the fungi that cause the infection.

3 excellent tips to prevent toenail fungus include:

  1. Trim your toenails correctly—When cutting your toenails, don’t cut them too short and instead, try to cut them straight across. This will prevent the edge of the nail from digging into your skin.
  2. Wear shoes and socks that breathe—Breathable footwear made of canvas or Gore-Tex and light socks that are made with a breathable fabric will decrease the moisture buildup that fungi thrive in.
  3. Keep your feet covered—Protect your feet with shower shoes or sandals, especially in public areas like locker rooms and showers, to decrease contact with bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

If you are experiencing complications with toenail fungus, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha will treat your podiatric issues with care and dedication. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 to schedule an appointment today!

As you get older, all those years of walking, running, dancing, and standing takes a toll. While completely natural, age-related changes to the form and function of your feet and ankles are inevitable. But you can minimize and postpone many of these effects with proper care and regular visits to your foot doctor.

5 foot and ankle problems that are likely to occur with age:

  1. Joint problems—Arthritic conditions tend to worsen as we age and often affect toe and ankle joints, causing considerable pain and discomfort.
  2. Your feet get larger—Due to the effects of gravity and pressure over time, the tendons and ligaments in your feet will gradually loosen as you age. Your arch will flatten and the overall length of your foot will increase considerably. Always have your feet properly measured each time you buy shoes to ensure they offer the proper support and cushioning. Custom orthotic inserts can help with a variety of foot and ankle problems.
  3. Your toenails get thicker—Nail growth slows down as we age and hormone and circulation changes will cause them to become more brittle and much thicker.  This can make them harder to trim properly, increasing the chances of ingrown toenails and fungal toenail infections.
  4. Infections—Your immune response weakens as you get older and fungal and bacterial infections become harder to fight.
  5. Dry skin—Dehydration becomes more of a problem as you age, so be sure to drink plenty of healthy fluids throughout the day. Drying skin increases the formation of calluses and heel fissures on your feet.

If you are experiencing age-related foot and ankle problems, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Dr. Zahid Ladha, our dedicated podiatrist, delivers high-quality podiatric care for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

 

By Foot First Podiatry Center
October 16, 2018
Category: Toenail conditions

It seems to be human nature that many folks wait until a serious problem is evident before seeking treatment for foot and ankle conditions. One way to head off potential problems with your toenails is to always give them a thorough inspection when you are trimming or polishing them. Check for a thickening and yellowing of the nail that may indicate a fungal toenail infection. Oozing, redness, and swelling at the edge of a toenail may be a sign of an ingrown toenail problem.

The 2 main causes of toenail problems:

  1. Ingrown toenailsProper nail cutting technique will avoid many cases of this condition, so always try to cut your toenails as straight across as possible. Cutting your nails on a curve can create conditions for the edge of the nail to push into the tender skin. Avoid tight-fitting shoes since these can exacerbate the problem by pushing the toes into each other and by causing friction against the inside of your shoes.
  2. Fungal toenail infectionsA fungal toenail infection is caused by the same organisms that cause athlete’s foot. Fungi love the dark, moist environment that is created inside your shoes, and when the fungi find their way underneath your toenails, it can be very hard to get rid of them. Topical and internal antifungal meds can be very effective and laser treatment is also available for difficult infections.

If you are experiencing problems with your toenails, see your podiatrist to find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha treats a variety of foot and ankle issues for his patients by providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
October 11, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

Having smelly foot odor is hard to combat since your feet contain a huge number of sweat glands. In fact, each foot has thousands of them. While sweat all by itself is not a significant cause of odor, the microscopic organisms that feed on your sweat create a bad odor. So keeping the moisture under control will help to keep the bugs at bay. Fungicides and antibacterials will also help.

What causes foot odor?

  • Moisture, bacteria, and fungi—Sweat isn’t really the cause of the bad smell. It’s caused by the bacteria or fungi that feed on the sweat and secrete the odor as part of their metabolism. Always dry your shoes thoroughly and switch them out every other day. This will help to kill the bacteria and fungi.
  • Skin and toenail conditions—Fungi that cause athlete’s foot and fungal toenail infections can be a particularly stinky cause of foot odor.
  • Hyperhidrosis—This skin condition is responsible for extreme sweating episodes that often occur under the arms, on the palms, and on the bottom of the feet. Because of the excess moisture, bacteria and fungi will have an easier time propagating, and hence the odor will be harder to control.

To keep your feet smelling better, try these tips:

Wearing shoes made out of breathable material such as canvas or Gortex will allow moisture to evaporate more efficiently. Washing your feet daily with warm water and an antibacterial cleanser will also help. Be sure to dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes where moisture and microorganisms can flourish.

For foot odor that persists after conservative treatments, see your foot doctor since it may be caused by an underlying condition. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist 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!