Does Antifungal Soap Really Treat the Symptoms of Foot Fungus?

Posted by on Monday, March 27th, 2017

“Foot fungus” is a blanket term that includes plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and onychomycosis (toenail fungus). These infections are easily contracted around pools, locker rooms, and showers—and they’re notoriously difficult to clear up. Recurrence rates as high as 53% have been reported for toenail fungus. Antifungal soap on its own is not enough to “cure” a fungal outbreak, but it is a helpful agent in preventing future recurrences and in treating the symptoms.

Could the soap you use help with your foot fungus? Image Source: Pixabay user KRiemer.
Could the soap you use help with your foot fungus? Image Source: Pixabay user KRiemer.

How To Prevent Fungal Foot Infections While Hiking This Summer

Posted by on Monday, June 20th, 2016

What sucks the joy from a backpacking trip or day hike? A fungal foot infection. In fact, fungal infections suck the joy from just about anything. The cases we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine cause maddening levels of itching and burning. In severe cases, patients can hardly walk. The nickname “trench foot” comes from the prevalence of this fungal infection among soldiers, but the condition can affect any athlete or avid summer hiker who doesn’t take careful preventative measures.

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Trench foot can make an otherwise-enjoyable hiking trip a maddening ordeal. (Image Credit: Flickr CC user Michael Pollak)

Toenail Fungus: Do UV Shoe Sanitizers Work?

Posted by on Friday, June 19th, 2015

Toenail fungus is one of the most insidious conditions among patients seeking podiatric care. Though the exact incidence of recurrence is not known, rates as high as 53% have been reported, indicating that more than half of all toenail fungus patients suffer from chronic infections that don’t seem to go away, even after seeking treatment. Part of the problem, say New York podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, is the ease of re-infection by coming into contact with more of the fungus adulterating the patient’s daily environments.

“It’s easy to see how toenail fungus becomes a chronic problem when you consider the reproduction of fungal colonies,” explains Dr. Katherine Lai, DPM. “Tiny microscopic fungal spores contaminate everything from towels and bed sheets, to socks and shoes. Therefore, effective treatment relies on attacking the root cause, but also addressing issues of cross-contamination.”

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Shoe sanitizers are a helpful tool in combating chronic toenail fungus. Image Source: SteriShoe.com

How to Remove Plantar Warts: Home Remedies to Cryotherapy

Posted by on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Plantar warts can be an embarrassing problem, but they needn’t be. Warts on the feet do not protrude in the same way as warts on the face or hands. They tend to become compacted into the foot and are often confused as calluses or dry skin. When one examines them very carefully, small black spores are visible in the center of the colony. While not embarrassing, a foot wart is never a good thing to see because they are very difficult to treat and may return even after a “successful” clinical outcome. There is no industry standard for how podiatrists may treat warts on the feet, so it’s up to the patient’s discretion which route is taken.

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A plantar wart may not be the end of the world. Image Source: BinghamMemorial.org