Fungal infections in the foot can occur in both the nail and the skin. An infection of the skin is known as Tinea Pedis or Athletes Foot. Infections of the nail are called Onychomycosis. These represent some of the most common skin infections.
As we age the body’s natural infection fighting capabilities greatly diminish. Fungal infections in their own right pose little consequence to the body, apart from aesthetically. It is the secondary complications that concern podiatrists. Chronic fungal infections predispose the client to more serious bacterial infections most commonly with Diabetics.
Main contributing factors
The most common means by which people contract a fungal infection is via:
- Other humans
- Animals i.e. Puppies and Kittens
A few factors can predispose a person to contracting a fungal infection
- Walking barefoot around the home.
- Hot, humid, dark environments i.e., closed in shoe wear.
- Excessive foot perspiration.
Treatment for fungal infections will depend on the severity of the infection. Often fungal infections will require treatment over a period of weeks or months depending on the location, severity and type of fungus. Incomplete treatment can often result in recurrent infections – the podiatrist will be able to assist with formulating a comprehensive treatment plan.