Posts for tag: foot fungus

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
July 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot fungus   bunions  

Don’t you want to know how to care for your feet when problems arise?foot problems

Most people don’t often stop to think about their foot health until an issue manifests that affects day-to-day activities. You may be caught off guard and not sure what to do about the problems you are facing. This is where our Orlando and Oviedo, FL, podiatrists Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock come in. We often hear a lot of the same questions from our clients, and so we want to answer some of the questions to help you decide the best approach to take for your foot health.

Q. Do I need bunion surgery?

A. Whether you need bunion surgery or not will really depend on your symptoms and how much your bunion pain affects your day-to-day life. If you are in severe pain that can’t seem to be managed through more conservative treatment options or if your quality of life has greatly diminished because of your bunion problems, then surgery may finally be able to provide the relief you need. Our Orlando and Oviedo foot doctors will be able to determine whether surgery is the best option for you.

Q. How do I pick the proper footwear?

A. The shoes you wear are important for stabilizing and supporting the feet but also preventing issues such as bunions, hammertoes and heel pain. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes, as they can bunch up your toes and lead to pain, swelling and a host of other structural issues down the road.

You’ll also want to choose the proper shoes for the job. For example, if you play sports you’ll want to find sneakers that offer both your feet and ankles the cushioning and shock absorption you need to prevent pain and other sports-related injuries.

Q. Is shockwave therapy right for me?

A. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is a great treatment option for those dealing with chronic forms of Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. These shockwaves are able to stimulate the body’s natural healing process while also improving blood flow and allowing more nutrients into these areas to speed up healing and to reduce your symptoms. If you have been dealing with chronic heel pain and at-home treatment isn’t cutting it, then it might be time to talk to us about whether ESWT is right for you.

Q. How do I prevent toenail fungal infections?

A. Being smart about your foot hygiene is the best way to ward off a fungal infection. If someone in your household has a fungal infection, make sure to never share shoes, towels or socks with the infected person. Avoid wearing the same shoes twice and apply an anti-fungal powder to your shoes prior to putting them on, particularly if you have sweaty feet. Also, wear protective footwear whenever you are in communal environments like your gym’s shower room or lockers.

Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando and Oviedo, FL, have two convenient locations to serve you better. Whether you want to find out different treatment options for managing your bunions or you want to learn more about the other services we offer, don’t hesitate to call us anytime.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
January 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot fungus  

There's one word that may come to mind when you find out that you have feet fungus: yuck! That's because it comes with some of the foot fungusgrossest and most embarrassing symptoms. In some cases foot fungus, sometimes called “athlete's foot,” may even discourage you from showing your feet in public. Luckily there are simple solutions to this common foot problem available at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, a podiatry that's committed to keeping your feet healthy and happy.

"Yucky" Foot Fungus
If you've been struggling with foot fungus, you know that it is not a very pleasant condition to deal with. It makes your feet smell and changes their appearance. Symptoms include:

  • chalky buildup
  • scaling and peeling skin
  • a really strong, distinctively bad odor (similar to the smell of corn chips)
  • crumbly yellow toenails (in cases of nail fungus)

What Causes It?
Foot fungus develops when you expose your feet to warm, moist conditions and dirty, communal environments like showers and pool areas. It's common in sports players, which is where it gets the nickname “athlete's foot.” Athletes wear heavy socks and tightly enclosed sneakers that get wet and hot after long periods of activity. Also, if you wear the shoes of someone who has the fungus, you can get it that way as well.

How to Get Rid of Foot Fungus
The first step to getting rid of foot fungus is to stop doing whatever caused the fungus to form. For instance, if you go into public shower stalls barefoot, start wearing flip flops or shower shoes. If you are an athlete, air out your feet periodically and use foot powder. Next, see your Orlando podiatrist for an examination and antifungal medication—it is usually a topical treatment but in severe cases an oral medication may be needed.

Get Help for Your Feet
You don't have to live with the unsavory and uncomfortable symptoms of foot fungus forever. See a doctor at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, an Orlando, FL podiatry that's committed to helping you put your best foot forward. Call (407) 365-9511 today to make an appointment.

By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
November 15, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot fungus   toenail fungus  

Fungus breeds in wet environments, and fungal infections can worsen in winter because your feet spend a lot of time sweating in winter foot fungusboots. Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando offers state-of-the-art treatments for foot fungus. Dr. Timothy Mason is one of the top podiatrists in Orlando, FL.

Foot Fungus

Foot fungus can appear on the toenails or skin of your feet. Most individuals pick up foot fungus by walking barefoot in public areas, but it can also thrive inside winter boots or wet socks.

Some individuals don't realize that they have developed a toenail fungal infection immediately. Foot fungus can appear as flaky, dry skin on the feet and small bumps on the sides of the foot.

A toenail fungal infection usually appears as a brownish or yellowish discoloration of the toenail and can become disfigured and thick. A toenail fungal infection usually occurs when a skin infection of the foot spreads to the toenails, or if the toenail is cracked or damaged.

Treatments

A fungal infection can be treated with oral antifungals, a nail lacquer such as Penlac, or topical creams such as Lotrimin. Oral medications are typically reserved for moderate-to-severe fungal infections. Antifungal topical medicines are applied to the infected toenail and surrounding areas of the skin.

Treatment at your Orlando podiatrist's office may involve debridement, or trimming down the toenail. This will decrease the thickness of the toenail and relieve pain that may be occurring with footwear. Debridement may increase the effectiveness of topical medicines.

Removal of an infected toenail is used for recurring or severe fungal toenail infections. Toenail removal is rarely needed. Toenail removal can be done without surgery or with surgery.

You don't have to suffer from toenail fungus. Call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, FL at (407) 365-9511 right now to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist. Our Orlando practice specializes in podiatry medicine. We can help you get rid of that toenail fungus infection for good.