Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete's foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for fungal nails.
After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, you can take steps to prevent the infection from coming back.
Keeping the fungus under control will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a non-prescription anti-fungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.
What is toenail fungus and how is treated?
Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition of the toenails that is characterized by yellowish brown discoloration as well as thickening and textural changes of the nail plate. It is commonly caused by microscopic fungi, most typically of the dermatophyte category.
Fungus is most evident in warm, dark, and moist environments, of which your shoe is a perfect setting. Certain individuals are more prone to acquiring nail fungus. It may have a familial predisposition, however, diabetics, elderly, and circulatory compromised individuals are more apt to contract this.
There are numerous treatments available that may improve upon your nail fungus condition. These range from oral antifungal medications to laser and more. Each of these methods has its pros and cons. It is for this reason that we have developed a protocol that encompasses the best of the latest in scientific methodology for our patients.
This method combines: light therapy; along with a unique combination of topical medications for the nail and skin; oral natural supplements; as well as foot and shoe sprays designed to inhibit reinfection. The Light therapy employs a light sensitive liquid compound applied to the toenail ,which when painlessly exposed to a specific form of light , initiates the process whereby the fungal cell will break down , and is a key component of our protocol.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes due to the development of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but most often the legs and feet are the most prone areas to serious health complications.
The damage to your nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily, or readily, as someone who does not have diabetes. As a result, you could sustain a serious cut or wound and not even notice your foot is injured until an infection begins. Many diabetic foot problems can be prevented in some measure with improved blood sugar control and a strengthened immune system.
If you are among one of the millions of people in the United States with diabetes, it is important to visit your podiatrist for regular foot examinations in order to maintain healthy feet and a strong body.Read More.
Diabetic Complications and Your Feet.
When it comes to your feet, there are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing foot problems and diabetic infections in the legs and feet. First of all, poorly fitting shoes are one of the biggest culprits of diabetic foot complications. If you have red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain associated with wearing shoes, new proper fitted shoes must be obtained immediately. Additionally, if you have common foot abnormalities such as flat feet, bunions, or hammertoes, prescription shoes or orthotics from your podiatrist may be necessary to further protect your feet from other damage. Read More.
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Wound Care Diabetic Foot Ulcers
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, 6 percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complication.
Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14-24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. Foot ulceration precedes 85 percent of diabetes-related amputations. Research has shown, however, that development of a foot ulcer is preventable. Read More.