Athletes are notorious for taking excellent care of their bodies and dedicating themselves to training and practices to perfect their craft. However, their feet are often overlooked. Athlete or not, toenail fungus and athlete’s foot comes from many causes and can cause you to become embarrassed to go barefoot. But can athlete’s foot cause toenail fungus? Find out with Dr. Michael Mitry at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA.
Does athlete’s foot cause toenail fungus?
Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus both derive from fungi growing in the moist, warm environment of your feet. The fungus from athlete’s foot can spread from the foot’s skin to the toenail. The fungus enters the nail through tiny cuts, scratches, or cracks in the skin. Many cases of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus come from walking barefoot in damp public areas like locker rooms or public pools. Toenail fungus or athlete’s foot can also transfer from person to person by using personal grooming items like nail clippers or towels.
How can I prevent toenail fungus?
The easiest way to avoid toenail fungus is to avoid the factors which cause it. Always wear shower shoes when visiting a locker room or public pool. Never share toenail clippers. Keep your socks dry and clean and change them often. Be sure to let shoes dry completely after use before wearing them again. Wash the feet thoroughly every day and take care to dress any blisters or cuts appropriately.
Toenail Fungus Treatments in Needham, MA
Treatments for toenail fungus vary depending on the severity of the condition. Some cases may respond to over-the-counter medicated creams, ointments, gels, or nail polish. However, more stubborn cases require the help of your podiatrist. Dr. Mitry can help you determine the best treatment plan for you. Laser treatment for toenail fungus has proven safe and effective. Some severe cases may require surgical removal of the nail itself.
For more information on toenail fungus or athlete’s foot, please contact Dr. Michael Mitry at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA. Call (781) 444-4044 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mitry today!