Foot Facts: Eight in Ten Americans Suffer from Issues like Toenail Fungus or Shoe Odor

Are you up to date on your foot facts? Here is some food for thought: eight in ten people suffer from some kind of foot ailment that affects their quality of life, according to a March 2014 survey of 1,000 adult Americans conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. More than half of those surveyed have more than one foot issue, and a third have three or more issues.

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People with foot problems are more likely to suffer other issues around the body.

We have an innovative product that can help with a few of the top mentioned foot problems, including the top two — sweaty, smelly feet and toenail fungus. With one 45-minute cycle, the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer  kills up to 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and foot fungus inside the shoes to help prevent infection. Let’s delve deeper into the problems that plague so many people, and our solutions to some of the top concerns.

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Prevent Fungus Recurrence: 5 Ways to Sanitize Toenail Clippers

There are many often-overlooked reasons why toenail fungus either comes back or never seems to go away in the first place. If you got it from walking around a hotel shower, a swimming pool deck, or a gym locker room floor, then you obviously know to cover your feet with flip-flops or water shoes. What you may not think of is the fact that fungal spores can live on all kinds of surfaces for months — including metal toenail clippers! So when you cut your fungal nail with your clippers, you can easily transmit the fungi to other toenails or fingernails — and even reinfect yourself — if you don’t properly sanitize your clippers. We’ll give you a few different ways of doing that.

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Did you remember to sanitize these?
Image source: Flickr user Bradley Gordon

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Examining the Popularity of Nameko Saibai: Japanese Game Makes Fungus Look Cute

“Cute” may not be the first adjective that comes to mind when you think of fungus — whether it’s foot fungus or edible mushrooms. Yet, Japanese game maker, Tokyo-based Beeworks, took a bold leap in revolutionizing the drab, ugly world of fungi for their smartphone app Nameko Saibai. In today’s post, find out what this smartphone app is and what makes it so popular. Also, learn what you can do if you’ve had a recent run-in with a real type of fungus that isn’t so cute.

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It’s hard to believe these cute characters are really just a type of fungus!

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A Fashion and Health Dilemma: Are Your Ugg Boots Harboring Foot Fungus?

When I thought of California, I always imagined everyone would be wearing sandals and flip-flops everywhere. But when I visited eight years ago, it seemed that every girl was wearing a pair of Uggs. “Boots? In this heat?” I thought; but, apparently, they aren’t very good in rain or snow, so it sort of makes sense.

Despite their enormous popularity, there has been a lot of hating on the widespread popularity of Ugg boots in recent years, for a number of reasons. Some just feel that the boots are ridiculous looking, particularly when paired with shorts or mini skirts. The favored footwear also presents some health drawbacks.

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People hate on Uggs for various reasons. Some just think they are ugly, but others have legitimate concerns about foot fungus.
Image source: Flickr user Mark Quintanilla

Reportedly, they cause foot and ankle pain when worn too often, men hate themand they have been linked to foot fungus! Yuck! Battling foot fungus for months or even years is a frustrating ordeal, but proper shoe sanitization can go a long way in helping you prevent a recurrence, without tossing out your favorite footwear.

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Embarrassing Foot Problems You May Not Want to Discuss with Your Doctor: Toenail Fungus

Annual wellness visits with a physician are meant to be a time to air all of one’s medical questions, cares, and concerns with a professional. However, many of us freeze up when we see the doctor’s smiling happy face — and, when posed with the question, “How are you?” we immediately launch into the scripted, “Fine” or “Good” response. We may be willing to discuss back pain or inflammation, but when it comes to feet, many people are squeamish. This blog is not designed to replace medical advice from your physician. However, you may feel more comfortable bringing up embarrassing foot problems once you’re more familiar with them. We will take a look at a few different conditions among several posts, with today’s focusing on toenail fungus.

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Toenail fungus is one condition people are embarrassed to discuss with their doctors.
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Examining Thrombophlebitis: Secondary Infection Caused by Toenail Fungus Affects Circulation

Thrombophlebitis. Now there’s a big word! This term stems from “thrombo,” meaning clot, and “phlebitis,” referring to a vein with inflammation. This serious complication could result from an ordinary case of toenail fungus. According to Medscape, “Fungal nail infections increase the susceptibility of patients to other serious complications” — including foot ulcers, gangrene, recurrent cellulitis, and thrombophlebitis.

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Thrombophlebitis can be superficial in nature or strike deep within the veins.

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Effects of Onychomycosis: Toenail Fungus Is Long-Lasting & Psychologically Damaging

Toenail fungus will not kill you, but it sure can cause a lot of embarrassment and disruption to your daily life. One study found that the average duration for toenail fungus was 9.5 years! Granted, the study was done back in 1998, so there have been a few improvements made since then. For one, there are newer treatments, like laser toenail fungus removal. Secondly, you can use tools like the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to remove pathogens from your footwear to prevent nail fungus recurrence once you’ve been treated. Continue reading to find out what study respondents said about life with toenail fungus.

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Toenail fungus is as common as diabetes and depression.

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Foot Hygiene: 3 Reasons Why You Should Never, Ever Cut Your Cuticles

Cutting or pushing down nail cuticles used to be standard practice in nail salons because it provided a more aesthetically pleasing look. A cuticle is the part of the skin tissue at the base of the nail that seals the nail to the skin. Some people have a nervous habit to pick at this area, since these little pieces of skin tend to catch on fabrics, thus calling attention to themselves. However, the practice of trimming cuticles is falling by the wayside as increased awareness about foot hygiene is spreading.

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Do you trim your cuticles? You should consider refraining from this practice.
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Social Media Gag Alert: Do All Your Facebook Friends Have Foot Fungus?

This week, one of my relatives wrote a Facebook status that said, “How do you get rid of foot fungus?” What luck! I thought. I write about this every single day! Finally, I can use all this knowledge to help someone I know! I was one of sixteen people who offered up suggestions, although mine was admittedly the most zealous…

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Did you fall for a Facebook foot fungus gag recently?
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Once I saw another friend with the same status, the jig was up! Alas, it turns out I was tricked by one of the latest Facebook gags.

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Onychomycosis in Children: 3 Alternative Conditions Possibly Disguised as Toenail Fungus

Pediatricians, dermatologists and podiatrists are often alarmed at the number of children who arrive at their practices having been subjected to oral antifungal drugs and topical treatments for nail fungus, when it turns out they did not have nail fungus at all. Self-diagnosis mat not only be costly, but it exposes patients to a lot of unnecessary side effects and does not treat the real problem. According to Dr. Robert A. Silverman, a pediatric dermatologist at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, there are three conditions often mistaken for toenail fungus.

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The SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer is a device that helps protect kids from toenail fungus recurrence and other foot infections.
Image Source: Flickr user Nina Matthews Photography

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