Posts for: November, 2020
Sometimes life gets hectic -- we rush to shower, dry off some, and then shove our damp feet into tight shoes. Every once in a while, our feet may start constant itching, signaling that we may have developed athletes' foot. Clear it up with Dr. Daniel Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC. Dr. Waldman is board certified, teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest minimal incisions, and can help you get itch-free.
Here are some tips to take care of your feet at home while getting rid of your foot fungus:
- Keep your feet cool and dry. Make sure that your socks are clean, fresh, and do not have any moisture in them. Foot fungus, also called tinea pedis, need a warm wet environment to thrive.
- Do not share personal belongings. Foot fungus is contagious, so it is critical to change all bedding, socks, shoes, and other items that might have come in contact with the infected foot.
- Wear shower shoes. Whether at the pool, after a shower, in the gym, try wearing shower shoes. It lessens the risk of a fungal infection of the foot.
- Use over the counter medication. Many drugstores carry affordable creams that are specially formulated to destroy foot fungus. When used as directed, these topicals can give you results in just a few days.
- Change your diet. Many yeasts and fungi thrive on sugars that are introduced to the body by diet. Try to reduce your starch and sugar intake as you take action to heal your infection.
While these tips can be quite effective, sometimes patients have to take a prescription oral medication to clear things up. Dr. Waldman can counsel you on which course of action to take and answer any questions you may have about your treatment.
Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers, serving Asheville, NC, at 828-254-5371 to schedule a consultation.
Are you concerned about getting another ingrown toenail? At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your board-certified podiatrist can help you prevent another episode of this common foot problem. Dr. Daniel Waldman helps many patients just like you have healthy nails and well-functioning feet.
A deformed toenail
How does an ingrown toenail happen? Onychocryptosis, as podiatrists call it, happens when the corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Usually, the big toenail is involved, says Healthline, and pain, tenderness, redness, and infection may result.
Factors contributing to an ingrown toenail include:
- Incorrect nail trimming
- Wearing shoes which are too snug in the toe box
- Inherited foot structure
- Wearing sweaty, poorly-fitting socks
- Trauma to the toe
- Repeated pressure to the toe through sports (kicking a ball, dancing)
Treatment typically involves soaking the foot at home and the use of pain medication as needed. However, when symptoms continue or worsen, you should see your podiatrist in his Asheville, NC, office for an eyes-on exam.
Dr. Waldman may recommend partial nail removal, an in-office procedure performed with a local anesthetic. The National Health Service says this surgery works 98 percent of the time.
Preventing ingrown toenails
These are the steps you can take to avoid, or lessen the severity of, onychomycosis:
1. Trim your toenails straight across with a sharp, clean pedicure tool. Do not round the corners.
2. Wear shoes that are roomy and well-fitting, placing no pressure on the big toes.
3. Washing and drying your feet daily to avoid fungal infections, such as Athlete's foot.
4. Changing your socks daily, or whenever they are sweaty or wet.
5. Wear safety shoes at work (with steel toes to protect against trauma).
6. See your podiatrist right away at the first sign of redness or pain.
Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers
Dr. Daniel Waldman can help you with a variety of foot health problems, including ingrown toenails. He is nationally and internationally known for his advanced surgical methods, including the latest in minimal incisions.
Call our Asheville, NC, office for an appointment with this outstanding podiatrist: (828) 254-5371. Or, contact us through our website: www.blueridgefoot.com.