While toenail fungus can be treated, it can also spread to your friends, family and other people in your community. Here is a look at how toenail fungus is transmitted and how you can be prepared:
Toenail fungus spreads through physical contact. So, be sure to prevent direct foot-to-foot contact with your partner and/or family. Underlying conditions like diabetes can make people especially receptive to fungus. Fortunately, toenail fungus is usually restricted to your feet, so careful hugs will not be an issue. Washing your hands regularly and putting on socks before your pants will reduce any risk of direct transmission.
Toenail fungus can also be transmitted through supplies like hygiene products. Avoid using someone else’s nail polish or clippers and make sure others are not using your toiletries. The same applies to getting a pedicure. Do not share your comfy house shoes or beach towels until the treatment is finished. If possible, wash your socks separately from other clothes. Studies show washing your feet at 60ºC/140ºF will eliminate most spores.
Because toenail fungus can be spread through wet and dry surfaces like your kitchen floor, we recommend wearing breathable socks and shoes inside your home. Wipe and disinfect surfaces that come into contact with your feet.
The best way to minimize contagion is a thorough hygiene routine, so encouraging family members to trim their nails and to keep their feet clean and dry will go a long way. Temporarily applying anti-fungal powder is another strategy. Here is more information:
Orthotics improve your well-being by relieving
pain and correcting your gait, but finding shoes to accommodate your orthotic
inserts remains a challenge. Common questions you need to ask yourself when
buying new shoes include the following:
the footbed deep enough?
there extra space around the toes?
a larger size than you would usually need available?
the shoe allow you to easily adjust orthotics?
yet durable summer footwear is even more of a challenge, which is why we would
like to introduce a couple of models for those of you using orthotics.
Propet’s durable sandals with removable insoles for custom
orthotics are ideal for taking a stroll with the family. Their loop closure at
instep ensures a comfortable grip.
team is more than happy to consult on summer orthotic footwear to meet your
unique needs. We also carry a full line of prescription footwear, socks and
other items used to care for your feet.
Many of us are adapting to different daily routines. Some
work more than ever, others found a new work-life balance allowing them to better
focus more on their personal well-being. Creating new workout routines to stay
active has become a common trend not only for people working out on a regular
basis. We want you to know we are still available if you have any questions on
how to get back on your feet – literally.
Are you new to running and started to experience a burning
sensation or numbness? This may be caused by incorrectly sized shoes or shoes
that are not made for running. Inform yourself about appropriate gear prior to
starting a new workout to genuinely enjoy your new hobby. The same applies to
any other sport, so don’t overcommit to too many new activities since each
requires specialized, and potentially expensive, equipment.
If any of your new workout routines still cause any foot
pain, we recommend to first check for ingrown toenails.
These are often caused by injuries, infections, improper trimming, or
excessive pressure on the toes. We provide quick evaluations and treatments
ranging from chemical to surgical.
Even if you are not making any changes to your daily routine,
now may be a good time to assess your fitness goals and to address any foot
concerns that didn’t seem relevant just a couple of months ago. A quick
treatment may save you much trouble down the road when damage cannot be
reversed that easily anymore. Check out the links below for more information on
some common foot issues:
Keep in mind that healthy feet will also help with daily activities.
They allow you to spend time at the lake, wear your favorite high heels, get
your weekly grocery shopping done, and be active with your friends and family.
Remaining active during the COVID-19 lockdown is a challenge for
most people. Some have spontaneously created a home workout routine or even
attempted building their own workout equipment. In any case, stretching your
feet and legs daily will provide relief against inactivity and warm you up for
some home routines. Since many stretching exercises are fun and have health
benefits for senior citizens as well, the entire family can participate in the
following activities together.
Today offers detailed instructions for the following exercises promoting
flexibility, mobility and strength. Their gifs and step by step instructions
are especially well-suited for beginners.
Big toe stretches
Toe raise, point and curl
Ready for the next level? Healthline
offers similarly descriptive instructions on stretches, but focuses more on
exercises you perform while standing. They suit most children and adults alike.
Standing calf stretch
Standing soleus stretch
Cross leg ankle stretch
You can also check out Ardash Williams, a popular Yoga instructor.
He created a YouTube video with
tips on more advanced leg and feet stretches for healthy adults. These work
best for individuals who have experience with professional workout equipment.
Some exercises are more adequate
than others depending on your age and physical health. Please reach out to our
office for more information on foot and leg exercises you can safely perform
Tammy has been with Dr. Smith for more than four years. Not
only does she own horses, she also expanded her animal family by 28 newly
hatched chickens this week. There are certain topics Tammy addresses on a
regular basis, so she wanted to make sure you have the answers to the following
top 2 frequently asked questions.
Do I need a referral to see Dr. Smith?
No, you don’t need a referral from a primary health physician
or other medial professionals to make an appointment with Dr. Smith. There are
exceptions when it comes to insurance providers, though. Some require referrals
as a condition to cover expenses. Others don’t, though, so please check with
your insurance carrier before making an appointment. Once you have scheduled an
appointment, we will ask you to bring the following documents:
New Patient Form
of Current Medications
Does my insurance covers orthotic treatments?
We accept most insurance. Ask your insurance prior to making an
appointment is crucial to avoid any surprises. This applies especially to
orthotics which are often not covered. We do understand how important orthotics
are to improve the quality of many people’s lives, which is why we offer a
discounted cash price in certain cases. We will also go the extra step of
checking with your insurance beforehand to provide a better estimate on the
cost of orthotics. We will always work with you to come up with the best
Thank you for the insights, Tammy! She is more than happy to answer your questions, so please feel free to give her a call at 309-762-7919.