Athlete's foot and toenail fungus may seem like two peas in a pod, but they're actually distinct issues caused by tiny culprits known as fungi. Although they share a common origin, these pesky fungi affect different areas of your foot, making them separate problems.
Say hello to athlete's foot, or in more sophisticated terms, 'tinea pedis'. This little troublemaker thrives in warm and damp environments, such as showers and pool areas. Once it latches onto your feet, it loves to hang out between your toes or on your foot's underside, causing itching, redness, and peeling.
On the other hand, toenail fungus, or 'onychomycosis,' sneaks under one or more of your toenails through tiny skin cuts or the small gap between your nail and underlying skin. The result? Thick, discolored, and easily breakable toenails.
Now, while they're different issues, having athlete's foot can make you more susceptible to toenail fungus. This is because the same variety of fungi can cause both problems. So, when you scratch that itch on your foot and then touch your nails, you might just be introducing the fungi to their new home.
Over-the-counter treatments may not always cut it when it comes to tackling these issues. If you're concerned about athlete's foot or toenail fungus, it's crucial to consult a doctor.
Fear not, there's no need for embarrassment or panic. At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we've assisted countless individuals in conquering both athlete's foot and toenail fungus. Our experienced doctor, Dr. Andrew Schneider, can provide the appropriate treatment to help your feet return to their happy, healthy state.
Don't turn a blind eye to your foot concerns. Book an appointment with Tanglewood Foot Specialists today and let us guide you towards happy, healthy feet once more.