Athlete’s Foot Treatment: Fight the Fungus

Treatment for Athlete's FootAthlete’s foot is a fungus that, despite its name, really has nothing to do with being an athlete. While a hot, damp athletic locker room IS the perfect environment for this fungus, it doesn’t discriminate and can thrive anywhere with the right conditions. Unfortunately, when you have athlete’s foot on your skin, it becomes itchy, dry, and sometimes raw.

Luckily, there are many options for athlete’s foot treatment you can use.

Medication – You have probably seen all the commercials that make bold promises. Sure, many of these promises have yet to be delivered, but when it comes to treating athlete’s foot, the commercials are pretty accurate. The over-the-counter (OTC) treatments, if used as prescribed, can get your feet back in great shape. Creams are generally the best option.

Alternative Treatments – While OTC options are effective, you may choose not to use them. You can generally get rid of athlete’s foot by soaking your feet in a vinegar/water solution for about half an hour. Mix about 2 quarts of water with one cup of vinegar for your foot bath.

Saltwater can treat the fungus, too. Add one teaspoon of salt per cup of water to a large basin. Allow your feet to soak for 10 minutes.

Iodine – If there are cracks on your feet, a bacterial infection may have already set in. Make a mixture of warm water and iodine to soak your feet in. Soak daily for 20 to 30 minutes to get rid of or prevent any infections on your feet.

Shoes – Do your best to keep your shoes clean. Kill any fungus that may be living in them with a powder made for fighting fungus or an antibacterial or anti-fungal spray.

Environment – Take your feet out of the dark, damp, fungus-loving environment as often as you can. You can do this by taking off your socks and shoes whenever you get the chance.

A Podiatrist’s Attention – If you find the symptoms getting worse or not improving after a couple weeks, it is likely that you need professional care. Other signs you should watch for are pus, oozing, or extreme cracking as these are all signs that you need the attention of a Marlborough podiatrist right away.

Most cases of athlete’s foot can be treated with persistence and time. Just because symptoms go away, doesn’t mean the fungus is gone. Continue treatment for six weeks to completely eliminate the problem.

Pediatric Foot Care is Vital if Parents Care About Their Children’s Feet

Professional Foot Care for ChildrenHave you ever noticed moms and dads counting their newborns’ fingers and toes? It’s a common practice and one that typically kicks off a lifetime of making sure that their children’s feet are developing properly. Speaking of which, how much do you know about your kids’ tootsies and pediatric foot care? If you feel it’s not enough, read on for a brief overview:

According to all accounts, our feet start to develop roughly four weeks after conception and continue growing until our teenage years. That’s partially why it is so important to adopt a pediatric foot care routine early on in a child’s life. Such routines help to keep children’s feet safe and growing as they should. For example, you may notice that your one year old child’s feet don’t have any noticeable arches.

Believe it or not, that’s perfectly normally because most of us don’t develop our arches until we are around three years of age. If a child doesn’t develop one by that time and is complaining of chronic foot pain, a Boston podiatrist may recommend footwear that feature arch support or order a temporary cast. They may also suggest that the child engage in simple exercises or physical therapy to ease the pain and improve ambulation.

Of course flat feet are not the only disconcerting podiatry issues that parents should look for as their children’s feet grow. The list of other problems includes, but isn’t confined to the following:

  • Metatarsus Adductus and Ingrown Toenails
  • Sever’s Disease and Achilles Tendon
  • Vertical Talus and Ankle Fractures
  • Plantar Warts and Athlete’s Feet
  • Calluses, Ulcers and Corns

That said, if children seem to have foot pain, problems ambulating, an unusual gait and feet that look to be in poor health, its best to contact a podiatrist immediately.

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Local Podiatrist Visit May Help Solve Stubborn Toenail Fungus Problems

Treatment for Toenail FungusWith warm weather overtaking many parts of the country, its certain that many people will either be sweating in their shoes or running around barefoot. Unfortunately, those are two things that can lead to episodes of fungal toenails. Your Boston podiatrist can attest, if there is one thing that causes people to hide their feet from view, its nail fungus.

Fungal toenail infections tend to be classified into four distinct categories. They are proximal subungual onychomycosis, candida onychomycosis, distal subungual onychomycosis and white superficial onychomycosis. Of the four types, the last two tend to occur the most often. The list of differences between those two fungal toenail types starts with their areas of origin.

One infection begins in the nail bed (i.e. distal) and the other attacks the toenail’s surface (i.e. white superficial). If left untreated, both may cause people to experience secondary infections and embarrassment. That is why it’s so crucial for people to seek toenail fungus treatments from a podiatrist at the first signs of fungal toenail.

So which signs should people look for when they examine their feet? It really all depends on which fungus is involved. In some instances, the toenails or surrounding skin will thicken and become discolored. In other situations, the toenails may break apart or fall off. A visit to our Boston podiatrist’s office will help determine which fungus is responsible for your problem and how it should be treated.

Today’s toenail fungus treatments run the gamut too. In some cases, various prescription medications may be needed. Depending on the circumstances, a person may need to take those medications for two to three months before the problem is solved. On other occasions, the podiatry team may recommend the use of other toenail fungus treatments like topical creams, medicated cleansers, antifungal nail polish, photodynamic therapy, nail removal, or laser treatment.

Broken Ankles Can Be Successfully Treated By Podiatrists

Treatment for Ankle InjuriesBroken ankles are one of the most common, worrisome injuries that can occur among active individuals. Broken ankle injuries typically occur when an individual falls, trips or ends up in some form of accident (i.e. bike crash). Most of the damage is generally caused by the initial impact or moving the ankle in an awkward way. On a positive note, a Boston podiatrist visit may help resolve ankle fractures and breaks.

Upon arriving to the office, your podiatrist will ask for a recap of what happened and conduct a visual examination of the ankle. He or she will be looking for areas of inflammation, pain, tenderness, bruising, weakness and deformity. Besides the visual exam, your Boston foot doctor may also order a stress test, MRI, X-ray or CT scan to help determine the severity of the break.

Afterward, he or she will recommend either a series of surgical or non-surgical treatments that will treat the damaged areas. Both have notable downtime periods attached. For example, posterior, lateral and medial malleolus (bony bulge on either side of the ankle) injuries may be treated non-surgically and generally take up to 10 weeks to heal completely. Oftentimes, the list of non-surgical measures used will include the following:

  • Pain medications (OTC or prescription)
  • Compression bandages or splints
  • Cold compresses or cold therapy
  • Removable braces or boots
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Orthopedic footwear
  • Rest and elevation
  • Ankle or leg casts

Bi- and tri-malleolar fractures, on the other hand, usually require surgical intervention. If ankle surgery is needed, the podiatrist may either perform it alone or with the assistance of an orthopedic surgeon. In some instances, the surgical procedure involves the insertion of permanent hardware. The list of hardware frequently used to repair broken ankles tends to include pins, wires, plates and screws. Depending on the individual, the post-surgery recovery period could last 12 weeks or more. During that period, return visits to your Boston foot clinic are needed to monitor the healing process and make any adjustments to the care plan as needed.

Tips for Making Foot Surgery Recovery a Breeze

Professional Foot CareSo you’ve decided to get foot surgery to repair that broken ankle. Good for you. Have you thought about what you are going to do after the foot surgery is complete? If not, there is never going to be a better time to prepare for the post-surgery recovery period than now. Here are a few recuperation tips from our Boston podiatry team:

Remember that foot surgery will limit your mobility for many weeks. Thus, it is crucial to order durable medical equipment for delivery and prepare your home. The list of durable medical equipment that you may want to have on hand after undergoing foot surgery includes, but is not constrained to the following:

  • Shower chair, hand-held shower head and waterproof foot protectors
  • Orthopedic footwear with adjustable Velcro straps
  • Walker, wheelchair, scooter, cane or crutches
  • Reclining chairs with foot rests
  • Gait belts and transfer benches
  • Lift slings or bed pulley hoists
  • Hospital bed with side rails
  • Grabber extension tools

When it comes to preparing the home, have it assessed for fall hazards and potential mobility issues (e.g. stairs and high thresholds). If such problems exist, make arrangements to have them corrected prior to your return home.

It might also be a good idea to hire an in-home care caregiver that is willing to do laundry and run errands too. Doing so will ensure that you won’t run out of clean clothes or other items while you are recuperating from foot surgery. Many times, the cost of in-home care and durable medical equipment for home use will be covered by healthcare insurance providers.

If you don’t want to hire a caregiver, at least think about stocking up on easy-to-prepare meals, medications, toiletries and other items that you’re likely to need during the recovery period. Should you have limited storage space, setting up a series of home deliveries may help the situation as well. For example, you could order your medications from a CVS Pharmacy. Many of them will let customers order online and request home delivery. There are also stores like Net Grocer, Walmart, Peapods and Vons that are willing to deliver groceries to customers’ doors too.

Lastly, for communication purposes, be sure to have a cordless phone as well as an Internet connection established. That way, you will be able to communicate with your Boston podiatrist, pharmacy, family members and other people that may be able to provide assistance during your post-op recovery period.

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