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Due to its preference for warm, moist, dark environments, fungi thrive in shoes. Because of this, there are particular shoes to stay away from if you have fungal toenails. People may feel uncomfortable and in pain as a result of having fungal toenail infections because they are unsightly and very bothersome. The main factor you should consider if you unluckily develop a fungal infection is the footwear you choose to wear.

What Is A Fungal Toenail?

According to research, fungal toenails affect 14% of the general population. Onychomycosis, another name for fungal toenails, is caused by a fungus rather than bacteria. The nail may become thick, crumbly, and discoloured as a result. As mentioned, shoes make the perfect breeding ground for fungi because they like warm, moist, dark environments. The big toe is frequently affected because it is more vulnerable to injury from improperly fitting shoes.

How Long Do Fungal Toenails Take To Heal?

Fungal toenail infections can take a few days to a few months to clear up, and deep tissue infections may need treatment for up to two years. When toenail fungus spreads beyond the nail and into the skin, it can lead to dry, cracked skin  which is a risk factor for bacteria known as cellulitis to enter through the break in the skin. If the cellulitis is severe, the infection may enter the bloodstream, leading to more serious consequences.

Footwear To Avoid Wearing

  • High-heels
  • Leather shoes
  • Activewear shoes
  • Shoes with a furry insole
  • Work shoes/boots
  • Pumps

Footwear You Should Wear With A Fungal Toenail

  • Any open toe shoes e.g. sandals
  • Breathable, non-restrictive shoes
  • Thin shoes made from mesh
  • Waterproof shoes

How Does The Type Of Shoe You Wear Impact Your Recovery Time?

First and foremost, you need to clean any recently worn shoes you have with an over-the-counter treatment containing anti-fungal properties when you first develop a fungal infection. This will prevent any future reinfection and further spread of the infection in the toenails. Instead of restricting your skin and allowing moisture to build up and spread the infection, wearing non-restrictive shoes allows your feet to breathe. Loose fitting shoes will improve air-flow around the feet, thereby keeping your feet dry.

How Doncaster Foot Clinic Can Help You

At Doncaster Foot Clinic, we are able to support you with professional advice and treatment for all your foot problems, including fungal toenails. Our team are experts in a range of treatments and can help you on your road to recovery and comfort. You can reach us by calling us at 01302 342 971. Alternatively, to stay up to date with our clinical updates and specials, follow us on Facebook

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Footwear To Avoid If You Have Fungal Toenails