When it comes to toenail fungal infections, there seem to be two issues that people wonder about. The first is how they got the infection in the first place, and the second is how do they get rid of it? One of the more interesting aspects of toenail fungal infections is that cause and treatment are somewhat intertwined. Let’s take a look at how these two aspects come together.
In terms of cause, it is important to understand how toenail fungal infections occur. It will almost always begin with exposure. A nail, finger or toe, which is exposed to fungi will often pick that fungi up. Toenails are more susceptible because fungal material is found on wet floors more so than on surfaces that come into contact with hands or fingers. Also, fungi love to grow and thrive in warm, dark, damp places, which is exactly what it is like inside shoes. So, if one adds these components together, exposure plus growth environment, one can see how toenails become contaminated with fungal material.
It is important to understand how shoes and fungal infections interact. As mentioned above, fungi will thrive when they are allowed to live in warm, dark, damp places such as found inside shoes. When an individual has encountered a fungal infection, it is imperative that they begin to consider the types of shoes that they wear and how those shoes can affect their ability to rid themselves of the infection in a timely manner.
Close, tight fitting shoes are the worse types of shoes individuals can wear when they are dealing with a toenail fungal infection. These types of shoes do not allow fresh air inside which is essential for keeping the foot and toes dry from perspiration. This ventilation is also needed to help keep the foot and toes cool. When dampness and warmth are present inside a shoe, the chances of the fungal material flourishes will increase dramatically.
On the other hand, if individuals wear shoes that are open-toed, or made of fabric that allows air in, the elements fungi need to grow are decreased. While these actions may not actually bring about a cure to the fungal infection, employing them can help reduce the growth of the fungal colony. This is the main reason that individuals should seriously consider the type of shoe that they are wearing when they encounter a toenail fungal infection.
Another issue to consider when thinking about the best shoes to wear is cleanliness. Fungal material will happily attach itself to the shoe material around the toe area. When possible, always wear shoes that you can wash periodically. This laundering will help to remove fungal material as well as any dead nail material that may have attached itself to the fabric of the shoe.
The absolute worst shoes to wear when someone is encountering a toenail fungal infection are any type of shoe that is non-breathable. Plastic shoes, or shoes that are waterproof, will not allow for ventilation and are often the warmest types of shoes that a person can wear. These shoes should be avoided completely.