Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges. This could be a fungal toenail infection—a condition that we at Benenati Foot& Ankle Care Centers see fairly frequently.

How Do You Get a Fungal Infection?

Fungal infections are spread by direct contact. Your foot touches something that has been contaminated or someone who has an infection. Fortunately, this makes preventing fungal infections fairly simple. Some tips for avoiding them include:

  • Keep feet covered whenever you are at a public facility where people tend to walk barefoot. Use shower shoes or flip flops at the gym, town pool, beach bathrooms and changing areas and at the nail salon.
  • Never share socks, shoes, nail clippers, nail files, towels, soap or anything that touches another person’s foot.
  • If someone in your family has a fungal nail infection, be sure to keep that family member’s personal care items separate and disinfect the shower or tub after each use.
  • Wash your feet every day with soap and water.
  • Apply an anti-fungal or talcum powder each morning before you put your socks and shoes on.
  • Fungal infections thrive in damp, closed in spaces. For this reason, it’s important not to let your feet sit in damp socks. As soon as you perceive that they are sweaty, change them.

What to Do

Fungal infections may not be painful—but they are contagious and can even spread to other parts of your own body. A fungal toenail infection that is not treated may lead to a yeast or bacterial infection in the nail bed which could be quite painful and even limit your mobility. For this reason, it’s essential that you make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office as soon as possible. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson will examine your toenail and determine if a fungal infection is present and then, prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain.

5 Ways To Help Bunions

Did you know that it is estimated that about 33 percent of the population of the Western world will develop a bunion at one time in their lives? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients are not familiar with the causes and treatments of this common condition.

What are Chilblains and How You Can Prevent Them

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What Are Flexible Flat Feet?

Being flexible is usually considered to be a good thing, but when it comes to your feet having flexible arches, it is not a desirable characteristic since flat feet can lead to a wide variety of other problems over time.

How Your Feet Change Over Time

It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catch up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing year.

Foot Care Myths

Growing up, we’ve all been told stories to keep us out of trouble. Whether or not they were true is another story. As children, we may have been told not to cross our eyes because they’ll get stuck, or, that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis.

Wearing Heels the Healthy Way

While wearing high heels may look great, they won’t feel great after a while. Ever wonder why after even an hour your feet start to cramp and feel sore, you may walk slower, or a little more awkwardly?

Hydrating Your Feet Year Round

No matter the season, no matter your age, it’s always important to keep your feet hydrated. Exposure to the sun without proper protection can both burn and dry out skin. Likewise, in cooler seasons, feet spend more time stuffed in socks and boots than not. Without proper hydration, this can leave them feeling itchy, dry, and looking cracked.

Hot Feet in Cold Weather?

Do your feet feel like they are on fire? And the rest of your body is cool or, in this weather, even cold? While it may seem like a glitch in your body’s system, there are reasons why you may have burning feet.

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Do Your Feet Smell?

Have you ever been over a friend’s house when that time comes to take off your shoes and you cringe? You know you’re in trouble even though you may have just taken a fresh shower and put on a clean and cute pair of socks.

Blisters Can Be a Bummer

They are fluid-filled bubbles that result from poorly-fitted shoes, excessive moisture or chemical exposure. Other causes are frostbite, sunburn, allergic reactions and fungal infections.

Exercising your Feet

In order to improve your overall foot health, it is wise to exercise your feet every day. Walking is wonderful for your feet since the motion extends your foot from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes.

Walking on Flat Feet

If you suspect that you have flat feet, chances are you are progressively developing a deformity that could affect the way you walk, exercise and more. Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers treats flat feet often, a foot deformity that leaves the sole of your feet resting flat on the ground.
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