Once you have an infection, the fungi breed in shoes, where they have an ideal environment of warmth, darkness and moisture. Good foot hygiene, including regularly changing and cleaning your socks and shoes, is therefore an important step in controlling the infection.
We also now offer a shoe disinfection service to assist our patients in eradicating the problem. Please feel free to bring in the various shoes you wear regularly and we can arrange for them to all be disinfected while you are having your appointment. This is also available on an ad-hoc basis if you want to arrange disinfection even when you don’t have an appointment – we can normally do it while you wait.
When you see the podiatrist, we can help to identify the strain of the fungus and establish the best course of treatment for your particular type of athletes’ foot. Early action and advice can help to stop the infection from spreading and avoid more intensive treatments being needed.
However, if the infection has already spread to the nails we can help by cutting back affected nails, reducing thickened nails and advise on a suitable course of action. We can also provide cosmetic solutions that are great for holidays or special occasions whilst we continue to clinically treat the infection underneath.