Posts for: August, 2018
Athlete's foot is sometimes a relatively harmless foot condition that eventually goes away on its own with the use of an anti-fungal agent, but there are cases when the fungal infection will persist for weeks or even months. When it isn't controlled, the fungus can compromise the health of your foot by deteriorating your toenails, inflaming the skin, and causing foot odor. See how a persistent case of athlete's foot can be treated by a podiatrist at Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group in Dublin and Columbus, OH.
What Is Athlete's Foot?
If you're constantly smelling a strong, pungent odor from your feet, socks, and shoes, there is a good chance that you may have a case of athlete's foot. It's caused by the overgrowth of harmful fungi that is often picked up in warm, moist environments like showers and pools. Athletes often get this condition because they sweat a lot in their sneakers and thick socks. People who work long hours on their feet wearing tight-fitting shoes, like high heels, may also have this problem.
Treating Athlete's Foot
Some athlete's foot cases are difficult to control and require consistent, aggressive courses of treatment. These are some of the options you'll discuss with your Dublin and Columbus, OH podiatrist:
- Skin samples to analyze the fungus so that the right treatment can be recommended.
- Topical anti-fungal medication (cream or spray).
- Prescription strength anti-fungal pills.
Preventing Athlete's Foot
Keep in mind that athlete's foot is contagious and can reoccur after treatment. It can also spread to other parts of the body when uncontrolled. After you beat athlete's foot and get your feet back to normal, take these preventative precautions:
- Always wear shoes (like flip-flops) in public showers and when walking poolside
- Change your socks frequently.
- Throw away old sneakers that may still contain traces of the fungi (you can tell by the smell).
- Don't share towels, socks, or shoes with others.
See Your Podiatrist
Some cases of athlete's foot are so persistent that it's best to consult a podiatrist. Call (614) 761-1466, (614) 267-8387, or (614) 272-2313 today to schedule an appointment at Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group in Dublin or Columbus, OH.
Are you experiencing numbness, tingling, or discolorations in your feet?
Even though poor circulation isn’t a condition, if you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet this is often a symptom of a much larger issue. This is why it’s important to understand the warning signs of poor circulation and when to see a podiatrist, as many of these conditions can be serious or cause further complications to your health.
Causes of Poor Circulation
There are many reasons why someone may have poor circulation. The most common conditions include:
1. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
This causes poor circulation in the legs due to a narrowing in the arteries and blood vessels. Over time this condition can cause damage to nerves or tissue. While this condition can occur in younger people, particularly smokers, it’s more common for people over 50 years old to develop PAD.
2. Blood Clots
A blood clot causes a block or restriction in blood flow and can develop anywhere in the body. The most common places for a blood clot include the arms or the legs, which can lead to symptoms of poor circulation. In some cases, a blood clot can cause serious complications such as a stroke.
While this condition does affect blood sugar levels, it is also known to affect circulation within the body. Those with circulation issues may experience cramping in the legs that may get worse when you are active. Those with diabetic neuropathy may experience nerve damage in the legs and feet, as well as numbness or tingling.
4. Raynaud’s Disease
A less common condition, Raynaud’s disease causes chronic cold fingers and feet due to the narrowing of the arteries in the hands and toes. Since these arteries are narrow it’s more difficult for blood to flow to these areas, leading to poor circulation. Of course, you may experience these symptoms in other parts of the body besides your toes or fingers, such as your nose, ears, or lips.
Warning Signs of Poor Circulation
You may be experiencing poor circulation in your feet if you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Pain that may radiate into the limbs
- Tingling (a “pins and needles” sensation)
- Muscle cramping
If you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation that don’t go away it’s best to play it safe rather than sorry and turn to a podiatric specialist who can provide a proper diagnosis and determine the best approach for improving circulation. Don’t ignore this issue.