Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers.
Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Tanglewood Foot Specialists provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk to a doctor about your foot pain, call Tanglewood Foot Specialists at (713) 785-7881.
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Is toenail fungus related to Athlete's Foot?
Toenail fungus is similar to Athletes foot. Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin. It is a very common infection of the foot, occurring on the sole of the foot and also between the toes. The same fungus that can infect the skin also can infect the toenails, causing the nail to become discolored and thickened. In fact, many cases of toenail fungus are caused by an Athlete's foot condition.
The treatment for toenail fungus differs from athletes foot, however. Athletes foot usually responds well to topical antifungal medication. While mild cases of toenail fungus may respond to topical medication, such as Tocylen solution, most require other forms of treatment. These include a three month course of oral antifungal medication or treatment with a laser.
Why is the bottom of my foot dry and cracked?
The bottom of your foot could be dry and cracked for two reasons. First is that your skin either becomes naturally dry or your environment makes your skin dry and cracked. This is common in the Houston summertime when you may wear more open shoes or sandals. The dust and dirt on the ground causes your feet, and heels especially, to dry and crack. This is well treated with an excellent moisturizing cream. Ask Houston Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to recommend one for you.
The other reason for dry and cracked feet is because of a fungal infection, such as athlete's foot. This is commonly misdiagnosed, since there often is no itching or burning symptoms and the foot does appear very dry. In these cases, treatment is often effective using a strong moisturizing cream in conjunction with an antifungal medication.
If your dry and cracked heels and feet are not properly treated, the cracks can worsen and bleed. This is painful for everyone and particularly dangerous if you have diabetes. The cracks can become infected and difficult to heal. Treating cracks in your heel early, before they become problematic, will ensure that your feet stay healthy and remove the risk of infection.
If you've been using a moisturizing cream (or 2 or 3) with poor results, visit Tanglewood Foot Specialists to recommend the best treatment for your painful cracked heels and assess if you need an antifungal medicine as well.
Most people who found this helpful also wondered Why Does My Athlete's Foot Keep Coming Back?
Why does my athlete's foot keep coming back?
One of the biggest issues with Athlete's foot is that it keeps coming back over and over again. There are two main reasons for this to be the case. Most people who use topical anti fungal medication only use it until the symptoms, such as itching and burning, are eliminated. This is not, however, when the fungus is completely gone.
It is pretty difficult to continue a course of medication after the discomfort is gone. It's all better if there's no pain or itching, right? It may be better, but it is not well! Using an anti fungal medication for a short period of time will first help the symptoms. At that point however, the fungus is not fully inhibited. Many prescription anti fungal medications for Athlete's foot should be used twice a day for two weeks. This regimen, however, may differ depending on the medication and the severity of the infection.
If you have tried everything out there to control your athlete's foot, it's time to take control. In some cases, using topical medication isn't enough to cure the fungal infection. Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation.
Most people who found this helpful also wondered Is Athlete's Foot Caused By Toenail Fungus?
Is athlete's foot caused by toenail fungus?
Athlete's foot and toenail fungus are caused by the same type of fungus: dermatophytes. While both are contagious, it is more likely for a toenail fungus to be caused by Athlete's foot, a fungal infection of the skin, than the other way around.
While toenail fungus is contagious, it is encapsulated beneath the nail. In essence, the toenail protects the surrounding tissue from the infection spreading. The opposite is not true. A fungal infection of the skin, Athlete's foot, can easily spread to the toenails. For this reason, it is vital to treat Athlete's foot until it is completely resolved
Is athlete's foot contagious?
Athlete's foot is contagious. In fact it is known as athlete's foot because it is often spread by walking barefoot on locker room floors. The fungus is resilient and can infest floors, showers, and carpeting. It is found in health clubs, YMCA's, pool decks, and hotels. Any high traffic public place is where you will find fungus.
Fungus is an opportunist, meaning it will infect if given the opportunity. Lucky for fungus, the opportunity is ever-present. The skin on the feet have a tendency to dry and crack. This provides an easy entrance for that fungus to infect. This is true whether the fungus is living in the shoe or if it from the floor of the gym locker room. By wearing protective footwear in such places, and keeping your feet moisturizer and healthy, you can drastically reduce the possibility of catching an Athlete's foot infection.
What causes athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is an infection of the skin of the foot. This infection is most commonly fungal, but a bacterial infection can also cause athletes foot to form. The fungus and bacteria normally live on our feet, but are opportunists. Unfortunately, we all to often give them the opportunity to infect.
One common cause of athlete's foot is moisture between the toes. This happens because of excessive perspiration, which is common here in Houston. It also happens when you don't dry well enough between your toes after you bathe. Athlete's foot can also affect the skin beneath the foot. This is primarily due to dry skin which can crack and allow the fungus to infect. Conditioning the skin with a good moisturizing cream is the best defense against developing this sort of fungus infection.