If you've finally gotten rid of athlete's foot, the last thing you want to see is a fresh patch of itchy red bumps between your toes. Luckily, you can reduce your chance of experiencing a recurrence of the fungal condition by taking a few preventive steps. Overland Park, KS podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Roith and Dr. Sarah Russell of Kansas City Institute of Podiatry share a few tips that will help you stay fungus free.
Keep your feet dry
Athlete's foot fungus thrives in sweaty shoes and other dark, moist environments. The drier you keep your feet, the less likely the risk of a new infection. Moisture can collect in the insoles of your shoes if you have sweaty feet and wear the same pair of shoes day after day. Alternating footwear will help keep your feet dry.
If your feet perspire profusely, apply powder to your feet to help keep your feet dry and change into a fresh pair of socks in the middle of the day. The type of socks you wear can make sweating worse. Socks made of nylon or other synthetic materials trap sweat, rather than allowing it to evaporate. When you shop for socks, look for styles that wick away moisture.
It's also important to dry your feet thoroughly after you take a bath or shower. Be sure to dry the areas in between your toes, in addition to the tops and bottoms of your feet.
Don't go barefoot in public places
Fungal infections are contagious and can spread in areas where many people walk barefoot, such as public shower rooms, locker rooms, and pool decks. Wearing shower shoes can help you avoid the fungus.
Don't share towels, socks, and shoes
The fungus can spread easily from one person to another. Reduce your risk of another infection by avoiding sharing socks, shoes, towels, sheets and other items with family members or friends.
Visit the foot doctor
Sometimes athlete's foot can return or linger no matter what steps you take. If you're tired of dealing with the painful and uncomfortable symptoms, schedule a visit to our Overland Park office. Stubborn infections can often be improved with oral or topical prescription medications that target fungus in deeper layers of your skin.
Relieve your athlete's foot symptoms with a visit to the podiatrist. Schedule an appointment with Drs. Jeffrey Roith and Sarah Russell of Kansas City Institute of Podiatry in Overland, KS by calling (913) 894-4040.
Find out how to get rid of unsightly yellow toenails.
A toenail fungal infection can happen to anyone. While a fungal infection may not seem like a major problem, it’s important that you do seek proper treatment to ensure that the infection doesn’t spread. Our Overland Park, KS, podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Roith and Dr. Sarah Russell, are here to tell you about the different ways you can treat your toenail fungal infection.
Besides continuing to keep nails trimmed to reduce the amount of fungus present, you will still want to target and treat the infection. While there are over-the-counter topical medications out there for treating fungal infections they aren’t always that effective since this cream or ointment won’t be able to penetrate the nail to reach the fungus.
In most cases, you’ll want to turn to our Overland Park foot doctor for an oral antifungal medication. This systemic medication is often far more effective than topical remedies. Of course, even if it does treat the fungus it can take several months to know whether the medication has truly worked or not. Why does it take so long? You’ll have to wait for the nail to grow out to find out if it was effective or not.
When oral medications don’t properly eliminate the fungus then it might be time to consider whether laser therapy may be a better option. Lasers can easily and safely penetrate the hard layers of nail to heat up and destroy the fungus lying underneath. Often the fungal infection can be fully treated with just one laser session; however, just like prescription medications, it will still take several months for the nail to grow out clear to determine whether the laser treatment was effective.
Rarely is surgery necessary to treat a fungal nail infection. Of course, surgery is one surefire way to guarantee that the fungus is fully removed. Surgical treatment involves removing the nail. Of course, topical or oral treatments will often be combined with this procedure to ensure that the infection doesn’t return. If there are other issues such as a traumatic injury to the toenail then surgery may be warranted.
Have questions about laser fungal treatment? Want to find out the best approach for treating your infection? Then call our Overland Park, KS, podiatric office today to schedule a consultation.
Twisting an ankle or rolling a foot is something we have all done at some point. In many cases, the pain caused by these incidents is brief and goes away on its own. However, when the pain sticks around and becomes severe, you may have experienced an ankle sprain. But how can you tell if your ankle is sprained, broken, or simply twisted? Find out more about signs you’ve sprained your ankle with Dr. Jeffrey Roith and Dr. Sarah Russell in Overland Park, KS.
Ankle Sprain Signs and Symptoms
Sometimes, a sprain is difficult to diagnose without an x-ray since the symptoms are so close to a break. Symptoms of an ankle sprain can vary from mild to severe and often include:
- inability to put pressure on the foot
Since the symptoms of a sprain and a break are almost identical, there are some things you may experience with a break you will not with a sprain. A cracking sound may accompany a break, while a sprain may sound more like a pop. A deformity like a lump or the ankle appearing crooked can also be the sign of a break, while a sprain will simply swell around the normal shape of the ankle. If you cannot move the ankle at all and cannot place any pressure whatsoever on the foot and are in extreme pain, you most likely have a break rather than a sprain.
Treating Ankle Sprains in Overland Park, KS
Treating an ankle sprain often takes time and patience. The best treatment for an ankle sprain is the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Resting includes staying off of the foot as much as possible and, if necessary, walking with crutches until the sprain heals. Icing the ankle for 10-20 minutes every 2 hours or so can help with pain and swelling. Using an elastic compression wrap on the ankle will help reduce swelling and stabilize the joint. Wear a brace if you walk on the ankle. Elevate the foot above your heart for 2-3 hours a day to reduce swelling and bruising. Your podiatrist can help you determine if you have a sprain and help you find the best treatment for you.
For more information on ankle sprains, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Roith and Dr. Sarah Russell in Overland Park, KS. Together, you and your podiatrist can determine the best road to recovery for you. Call 913-894-4040 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!
Known as a bone deformity due to an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe, a bunion requires professional treatment from a podiatrist. This enlargement causes pressure and friction when it rubs against footwear. Over a period of time, the movement of the big toe angles in toward the other toe. The growing enlargement can cause inflammation and irritation to occur. Our Overland Park, KS podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Roith and Dr. Sarah Russell, can treat bunions in patients of all ages.
Bunion Treatment Options
Many bunions patients have discomfort or pain from the constant rubbing and friction. The skin over the toe can also become both tender and red. The bigger the bunion gets, the more it will hurt to walk. Bursitis or arthritis can even occur. Typically this is caused by the structure of the foot itself. Flat feet, a faulty foot structure or an injury to the foot can also cause bunions too though.
Bunions do not resolve on their own. This is why treatment from our Overland Park podiatrists is so important. They are well versed in knowing how to relieve discomfort and pain associated with bunions. The goal of this treatment is to relieve this and to stop the growth of the enlargement.
Some successful bunion treatment options include (and are not limited to):
- New shoes (proper fit)
- Custom orthotics
- Stretching exercises
- Protective padding
- Removal of calluses or corns
- Splints for nighttime wear
Ultimately, depending on the size of the bunion, surgery may be needed. This is known as a bunionectomy, and during the procedure, the bunion is removed and the toe realigned.
For more information on bunion treatment from our Overland Park, KS podiatrists, call our podiatry office at (913) 894-4040 today to schedule an important appointment.
For the average person in good health, common foot problems like an ingrown toenail or a blister are not a major cause for concern. For people with diabetes, even a minor cut or infection can increase the risk of potentially serious health complications. Dr. Jeffrey Roith and Dr. Sarah Russell, your podiatrists in Overland Park, KS, advise diabetic patients to incorporate routine foot care as part of the general healthcare and wellness plan to help reduce the risk of complications associated with common podiatry problems.
Diabetic Foot Care in Overland Park, KS
One of the potential side effects of diabetes is a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain, weakness and numbing in the hands and feet. Because high blood sugar and diabetes can also interfere with and restrict adequate blood flow to the feet, a person with diabetes may lose full or partial sensation in the feet and toes, which then become desensitized to the symptoms and warning signs of a wound or infection. The National Diabetes Education Program, developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommend seeking immediate medical treatment for a blister, cut or ulcer that doesn't heal within a few days.
In addition to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, people with diabetes should practice regular foot care including keeping the feet clean and dry on a daily basis, wearing comfortable and supportive shoes to reduce the risk of developing blisters and corns, and keeping the toenails neatly trimmed to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails. Daily self-checks of the feet for wounds and symptoms like swelling or numbness can help to reduce the risk of diabetes related foot problems.
Find a Podiatrist in Overland Park, KS
For more information about diabetic foot care and safety, contact Kansas City Institute of Podiatry by calling 913-894-4040 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roith or Dr. Russell today.
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