5 Things You Need to Know About Toenail Fungus

5 Things You Need to Know About Toenail Fungus

5 Things You Need to Know About Toenail Fungus

Yikes! You went swimming at your gym’s pool and now your toenails are starting to look a little discolored. What could possibly be behind this abnormality? Fungus! Luckily, toenail fungus is common and treatable with Dr. Jam’s help.

You may have some questions about this little-discussed foot ailment, and we’re here to provide answers! Learn some things about toenail fungus, how to avoid it and how to treat it with these fun facts:

1. Toenail fungus too often goes untreated.

Sure, toenail fungus is unsightly and not cosmetically appealing, but it generally doesn’t cause much pain. Because of this, patients will ignore the problem while hoping it will clear up on its own. This is not something you should do as the fungus can spread and permanently damage your nails! It’snot worth letting something so easily cured go without treatment.

  2. You can get toenail fungus from places you least expect.

You know not to walk around in public barefoot, but generally, people see the spa or swimming pool as places that take sterilization seriously. Your gym may use plenty of chlorine in its pool, and your favorite nail salon probably washes down each chair, but that doesn’t always stop fungus. You can contract a fungal infection from warm, moist places such as showers and even your shoes! People who perspire, and wear socks and shoes that don’t allow ventilation are susceptible to fungus.

     3. Age matters when it comes to toenail fungus.

The risk of toenail fungus increases as you age, and 25% of adults will have had some form of toenail fungus by age 40. But don’t let the statistics scare you! Dr. Jam is your expert when it comes to relieving and treating toenail fungus symptoms. It’s important to not let unsightly nails keep you from visiting a doctor and getting the infection treated. As you age, toenail fungus can be pushed from your mind as something minor, but over time it can turn into a larger problem.

     4. Dr. Jam’s tips for avoiding toenail fungus infections:

It’s important you wash your feet with soap and water while making sure to dry them thoroughly after. Changing socks and shoes at least once during the day also helps reduce risk of toenail fungus. Of course, there are more practical ways to avoid infection such as always wearing shoes in public, washing pedicure and nail tools, and not applying polish to discolored nails.

      5. Toenail fungus can be treated with a special laser tool.

In addition to medications, nail removal and at-home remedies, patients have the option for laser toenail fungus treatment. This laser targets the fungus through the nail and does not cause any pain or discomfort. The benefits of this treatment include an 88% rate of improvement, with most cases of toenail fungus being completely eliminated. Medications and topical agents are not required after the laser treatment, making this one of the most convenient methods to curing toenail fungus.

Read more about toenail fungus on Dr. Jam’s website, or contact him for a consultation now. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates and news.

The Best Way to Treat a Tailor’s Bunion

Similar to a bunion, a bunionette (also known as a Tailor’s Bunion) is a bump that develops on the outside of the foot, near the base of the fifth toe. The bump is caused by an enlarged portion or misalignment of the bone (the fifth metatarsal head), and it is often associated with a misaligned 5th toe or the little toe.

The name tailor’s bunion hails from decades ago, at a time when tailors would sit crossed-legged all day and the outside of their feet would rub on the ground. This is how the bony enlargement of the fifth toe came to pass.

tailor-bunion

Here is a list of ideas to take off the pressure from Tailor’s bunion pain.

  • Bunion Splint Helps to realign the big toe on mild to moderate bunions.
  • Yoga Toes Helps to and prevent several foot problems, the biggest one being bunions.
  • Bunion Pads Help relieve pressure and reduce bunion pain.
  • Cortisone injections / PRP-injections Treats inflamed tissue around the joints.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication Can help with pain and inflammation.
  • Orthotics Help to support and disperse your weight over the entire surface of the foot.

Help to support and disperse your weight over the entire surface of the foot.

tailor-bunion

If none of the above help in relieving the pain and pressure of a bunion or Tailor’s bunions, you may need to seek the opinion of a foot and ankle specialist or a podiatrist. The podiatrist will be able to examine your feet, take x-rays, and further advice on how to proceed with treatment.