Before you run barefoot through the grass, consider this. Whether it's something you step on or a place to stub your toe, the hazards of summer are all around for bare feet. "It could be something like a force coming down on top of the toe or just something that lifts the edge of the nail from the underlying skin bed," describes Dr. Jody McAleer a podiatrist with the Jefferson City Medical Group. "It allows the infection to get in at the tip of the nail and then slowly it works its way back to the nail root."
|Dr. Jody McAleer
If left untreated, fungal nail infection can spread from toe to toe and from person-to-person. What is a nuisance for some people can be a serious health risk for others, says Dr. McAleer. "For patients such as our diabetic population, onychomycosis is a significant problem. It can lead to bacterial super-infections, and it could eventually lead to such things as amputations," warns McAleer.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.