Shower Beware: Fungal Nails Can Appear!

Shower Beware: Fungal Nails Can Appear!

From rest stops to college dorms, any shower can contain multiple forms of bacteria and fungi. Even the cleanest showers can be growing as much as 25 forms of bacteria. This is an issue that can be resolved, but fungal nails can lead to unsightly and even painful toes.

Fungal nails occur when a fungus attacks a fingernail, toenail, or the skin under the nail (nail bed). Fungi attacks your nails through small cuts in the skin around the nail or through the opening between the nail and nail bed. In those who are healthy this may not cause serious problems, but it may look unattractive and eventually lead to pain and damage the nail. In an individual with diabetes or weakened immune system, it may cause serious problems if a fungal nail infection is contracted. Fortunately, Dr. Jamshidinia, a board certified podiatrist, specializes in treatment and prevention for such infections.

According to a report published on WebMD, dermatophytes cause almost all fungal toenail infections. Dermatophytes are a type of fungus that can grow on skin, hair and nails. Infection can occur when individuals come into contact with objects that have dermatophytes on them, such as clothing, shoes, nail clippers, showers and locker room floors and carpet. Without treatment, fungal nail infections get worse, infecting the nail and the surrounding skin. If treated early, the bacteria life may shorten and increase chances of being cured.


Causes of Fungal Nails

Along with contact from dermatophytes, yeast build up and molds can cause toenail fungus. Other forms that cause fungal nails include:

  • Improper footwear, tight fitting shoes
  • Medical conditions, such as diabetes and blood circulation
  • Layered toenail polish 
  • Not enough air for feet to breathe
  • Unclean materials at nail salons
  • Age

People suffering from other medical conditions are at a higher risk of contracting toenail fungus. Having your feet checked by your podiatrist often will ensure healthy feet.
How you can get fungal nails?

Anyone that comes into contact with fungus can get a fungal nail infection. Fungi grow best in warm, moist areas around the toes. If a person is susceptible to fungal infections, they are likely to return, especially if preventive steps are not taken into consideration. Other practices of getting fungus include:

  • Walking barefoot on public floors or showers
  • Sharing towels, socks, or shoes with someone who has fungus
  • Improper cleansing


How to Protect Yourself from Fungal Nails:

There are a number of habits that everyone can follow in order to prevent spreading and contracting fungus. It is necessary to practice the following habits for proper foot care, which include:

  • Wear sandals or shower shoes when showering in communal showers and saunas at the gym, dorms and rest stops
  • Wash feet, even between the toes, with soap and water and dry thoroughly
  • Keep nails clean and short
  • Never share towels, clothing or shoes with other people
  • Do not walk barefoot in public floor areas
  • Avoid use of sweaty socks, wear only after completely dry
  • Wash and air out all sports shoes regularly
  • Keep your shower and tub clean
  • Do not urinate while showering or bathing


Dr. Jamshidinia – Your LA Foot Doc – Helps Keep Your Family Fungus Free!

How to Treat Fungal Nails:

Your podiatrist will determine the proper methods of treatment depending on how severe the case and extent of the infection. Surgical removal is a last resort if the infected toenail cannot be saved. Oral antifungal medication may be prescribed, such as Sporanox or Lamisil.

Home remedies can help treat and even remove nail fungus. Soaking feet in vinegar and water for 15 to 20 minutes everyday can prevent the growth of certain bacteria. Some patients have even applied Vicks VapoRub and proved to be effective. Over the counter foot powder can relieve itchy or dry feet. Consult with your podiatrist to develop a plan of healthy treatment practices at home.

Avoiding nail polish during the healing process is recommended to enhance the healing process.

Fungal nail infections can cause pain, discomfort and embarrassment if left untreated. Dr. Jamshidinia shows his patients what needs to be done to cure and prevent infection. Avoid going barefoot in public places to ensure healthy feet. Being in control of your feet is simple. Put your best foot forward and avoid fungal nails.

Julio Jones’ Devastating Foot Fracture

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013-2014 NFL season, as he will undergo surgery to treat a fractured right foot. He joins a long list of injured Falcons as he is the ninth Falcons player placed on injured reserve this season.

The third-year player out of Alabama just completed the fifth game of season, where he suffered the injury in a loss to the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. He remained on the field, but following the game, team doctors urged him to get a second opinion on his previously fractured foot, suffered in 2011. Jones visited his foot specialist and CT scan results confirmed what initial tests run by team doctors showed as ESPN reports.

Jones was drafted 6th overall in 2011 by the Falcons despite the fact that at the time he was still recovering from a fracture in the same right foot suffered during his time at Alabama. It became an afterthought after he set the league on fire with a devastating combination of power and speed in his rookie season. Last year he racked in nearly 1,200 yards, and this year had a team-leading 41 receptions. On Monday, he will undergo surgery to replace the screw that was used to repair his fracture in 2011.


Pain and Causes of Ankle Fractures

Foot fractures, depending on how severe they are, often require surgery. Athletes who develop fractures from overuse, because of the lack of strength and the reduced ability to absorb repeated shock in games and practices, almost always require surgery as is the case with Jones. As the foot rotates, fractures to the metatarsals occur as a result of a fall or ankle twisting motion.

Athletes who suffer an ankle fracture may experience the following symptoms:

  • Throbbing pain
  • Increase of pain with increase in activity
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight

In Jones’ case he was able to remain playing following the injury, but after evaluation his ankle was determined too weak to heal on its own strength.

Surgery may require the use of installing pins, screws or plates in the fractured bone to hold the bone in place. After surgery, Jones will be limited in walking for roughly six weeks then, depending on the healing and reduced activity he can start physical therapy and increased weight bearing.

The Myth’s of Bunion Surgery

A bunion is an enlargement that occurs in the joint at the base of the big toe, the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. It is caused by the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moving out of place. This forces the affected toe to bend toward the other toes, causing a noticeable protrusion of bone on the foot. Since this joint carries a lot of the body´s weight while walking, bunions can cause symptoms including pain, swelling, and restricted movement if left untreated.

It is important to understand that surgery isn’t always required for bunions. For many women, simple changes like wearing shoes with wider toe boxes can significantly reduce the pain caused by a bunion. Custom orthotics, padded inserts and anti-inflammatory medications may also provide relief from discomforting bunions. When non-surgical treatment options are ineffective surgery is commonly performed by podiatrists like Dr. Jamshidinia to definitively correct the problem. Some people simply avoid surgery because they may have heard many myths that have circulated about the procedure, but when the pain of a bunion interferes with a patient’s daily activities, it’s time to discuss surgical options, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).


Myth #1: “Bunion Surgery Is Just Too Painful”

Anytime you undergo a surgical procedure, a certain degree of pain or discomfort is inevitable. When you consider how important the foot is to your daily function, many people become disillusioned that they won’t be able to do anything for weeks following bunion surgery. New techniques and medical advances have made bunion surgery more effective and safe than ever before. While you should expect some discomfort and swelling following bunion surgery, most patients report that any discomfort is well managed by prescribed medication, and that the recovery tends to be much easier than they initially though.


Myth #2: “My Bunion Will Come Back Even After Surgery”

Although it is possible for a bunion to recur, it is not likely. Especially if you make sure to follow the specific after care instructions given to you by your bunion surgeon, you, like the overwhelming majority of patients will be satisfied with the outcome following bunion surgery. It should also be noted that IF the bunion does come back, it is not considered a complication, but instead it will be the growth of a bunion over time. This is seen in patients that have excessive motion in the foot which increases their risk of developing bunions in general.


Myth #3: “I’ll Be In A Cast With Crutches After Bunion Surgery”

Medical advances in bunion treatment and bunion surgery has allowed podiatrists to mobilize patients quicker following bunion surgery. For most bunions, only a walking boot will be required during the recovery period. For severe, complex cases, a cast and crutches may be required during the recovery period to ensure adequate healing of the bone. Recent technological advances in medical devices have helped surgeons modify their techniques to get patients moving quicker.


Myth #4: “I Will Have To Miss Weeks Of Work!”

Although certain occupations may require you to take time off following bunion surgery, for the overwhelming majority of patients, especially women, this is simply not true. For patients who work a standard desk job, you may be able to return to work in a matter of days depending on the extent and severity of your bunion surgery. For patients who work more physically demanding jobs, a longer medical leave of absence may be required until your foot has healed and you feel comfortable returning to work.


Myth #5: “My Bunion Doesn’t Hurt So I Don’t Have To Fix It”

Although most people would never consider surgery if there is not significant pain, it may be the recommended form of treatment for a bunion that continues to get bigger, interferes with activity, or makes it difficult to wear your shoes. Some women even consider bunion surgery to correct the unsightly nature of a bunion that prevents them from wearing elegant shoes to formal events. Although it may not always be recommended by podiatrists to surgically remove a bunion that is not painful, depending on your specific bunion and it’s characteristics, surgery may be a reasonable option for treatment.

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Los Angeles Podiatrist Dr. Jamshidinia Performing Bunion Surgery


Bunions are a serious ailment and should be treated as such. If you have tried non-surgical bunion treatments unsuccessfully then it may be time to consider bunion surgery. We hope that we have shed some truths to the myths of bunion surgery and that it may help you get the definitive treatment that you need and deserve. If you still have any questions or concerns, contact Dr. Jamshidinia at Tower Foot & Ankle to setup a consultation for your bunion and foot problems.