Listening to Your Feet – Care of Toenail Fungus and Other Foot Maladies

Toenail fungus is just one symptom of bad feet care. If we are able to spend quite an amount to keep our faces clean and the face’s skin soft, why can’t we do the same for our feet?

While a few people love their feet to pieces, some just “wish” foot problems like toenail fungi away. This is a very, very bad practice.

Podiatrists agree

According to Joshua Kaye, a podiatrist residing in Los Angeles, California: “Consumers should know that these symptoms (pain, excessively dry skin, thickened or discolored nails, swelling, redness, and unusual sensations) are not normal. Whatever the problem is, don’t bury it in your shoe and hope it will go away.”

Proper foot care is instrumental in preventing toenail fungus. Proper foot care is also your first tool in making sure that toenail fungus goes away if you already have it.

To continue to neglect your feet is setting your skin and nails up for long-term damage. You never know what you really have until you lose it, or it becomes damaged.

“Let me see your feet…”- your doctor

If you have routine visits to a family doctor or the company physician, take off your socks during one of those physical examinations. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association or APMA, people do not show their feet to their doctors.

In an APMA survey of around 600 people, more than 70% stated that they never show their feet to their doctors. Toenail fungus treatment is still a medical condition that you have to show your doctor.

Some people are embarrassed to show their unsightly brittle nail fungi to doctors. But doctors will probably not even blink when you show them your foot problem.

A normal examination of such foot problems would only involve examination of the extent of damage. Then the doctor would prescribe medication that would work the best, and the fastest.

Deadly diabetes and toenail fungi

According to Jonathan Wilkin, M.D., a former director of the American Food and Drug Authority’s Division of Dermatology and Dental Drug Products, “A problem that seems minor for many people, like a fungal infection or sores on the feet, can become catastrophic to someone with diabetes or other circulatory problems.”

Wilkin also warns that seemingly inane problems like toenail fungus can lead to non-traumatic foot amputations. Diabetes and the complications arising from foot maladies are the leading causes of non-traumatic foot amputations.

Shoes as preventive treatment

Oral and topical medications address the growing problem of toenail fungus. However, did you know that your shoes could help you prevent toenail fungi in the first place?

According to Jane Andersen a podiatrist from Chapel Hill in North Carolina, “Shoes should be comfortable right when you buy them, you should be able to wiggle your toes. And shoes should have a strong sole that flexes at the ball of your foot.”

Ample space inside shoes means more air can circulate. Fungi hate air circulation because it removes surface moisture required for growth. Remove the moisture and you remove the fungi’s food and lodging.