Fungal Infections

Avoid complications with foot infections

Problems with your feet can cause serious health issues, and should be investigated as soon as possible to avoid more complicated issues. If you have cuts that won't heal, painful red areas, or notice any swelling, contact Victor Cohen, DPM.

The most common nail disease is a fungal infection, making up to 50% of all abnormalities. The most common place for fungal infections to occur is in the toenails.

If a nail is infected it will appear thicker, odd-shaped, dark or yellow in color, and brittle. It can become very painful if left untreated and limit your ability to walk comfortably.

Factors for fungal infections

  • Diminished blood circulation
  • Slow-growing nails
  • Family history of fungal infection
  • Heavy perspiration
  • Humid or moist work environment
  • Wearing socks and shoes that prevent ventilation
  • Previous injury or infection to the skin or nail
  • Diabetes and other circulation problems – weakened immune system
  • Tight footwear with crowding of toes
  • Exercises that cause repeated minor trauma to the nail plate

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