There are two very common foot fungal complaints – Athlete’s foot and Toenail fungal infections.
Athletes foot usually begins between the toes and you are likely to suffer if your feet become sweaty while confined within tight fitting shoes. Symptoms include a scaly rash that can split. It can be itching, stinging and burning.
Toenail Fungus is an infection underneath the surface of the nail. The nail can turn yellow/ brown or becomes darker, In many cases it is ignored for years, as it is not painful and doesn’t raise concern. This neglect can result in thickening of the nail which can become painful and possibly spread to the other toes.
There are many ways in which the toenail can become infected. Toe nails are susceptible in damp conditions including, not drying feet properly after bathing, non-breathable shoes, swimming pools and showers. An Injury to the nail or pressure on the nails from tight shoes can also encourage fungal infections. Those who suffer from diabetes, immune or circulatory problems are also prone to fungal infections.
Prevention and Treatment
Good hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes are crucial in the defense against fungal infections.
1. Ensure feet are dried thoroughly after washing with soap and water.
2. Choose shoes that fit well and are made of a breathable material.
3. Rotate your shoes daily, especially if you suffer from sweaty feet.
4. Do not apply polish to nails suspected of infection.
5. Treat athlete’s foot and fungal infections straight away.
6. Have regular foot therapy treatments to help keep feet in tip top condition.
Do not be embarrassed to seek medical advise, these conditions are very common and are treatable.
Our Foot therapy is a great way to enjoy regular maintenance for your feet. The feet are given a health check as part of the aromatherapy treatment.