At Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal, sees a variety of foot-related problems. Foot fungal infections affect many people, and Dr. Rosenthal has the experience and training necessary to diagnose and treat the problems associated with fungal growth. Two of the most common infections - toenail fungus and athlete's foot - are discussed here.
Known as onychomycosis, toenail fungal infections are usually caused a strain of fungi known as dermatophytes. Nails infected with this fungi usually become thick, brittle and discolored. While not initially painful, toenail fungus is unsightly and can produce uncomfortable lesions on the skin if allowed to progress. This is of particular concern for your Ridgefield foot doctor's diabetic patients, as their reduced blood circulation can make healing very difficult. After an examination, Dr. Rosenthal will determine the best way to reduce your toenail fungus; topical or oral medication may be prescribed, the affected portion of the nail may be removed, or the nail may be treated with laser light therapy.
This contagious fungal infection, which thrives in warm, damp environments like locker rooms, is clinically known as tinea pedis; the itching it produces is unmistakable. Athlete's foot usually develops between the toes but can spread to other parts of the feet and even the hands in severe cases. It can appear dry and scaly or ulcerated, depending on the type of fungi and the severity of the infection. Your Ridgefield foot doctor typically diagnoses athlete's foot on sight, although viewing a sample under a microscope can confirm it. Treatment typically consists of topical medication and a strict hygiene routine; this can take two to six weeks to resolve the infection. A recurrence of athlete's foot can be prevented by keeping the feet dry, changing into clean socks often, and wearing sandals in locker rooms or public pool areas.
Ringworm and yeast can also affect your podiatric health. If you think you might be dealing with one of these fungal infections, please contact Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, to schedule an appointment with your foot doctor, Dr. Rosenthal.