With so many specialties out there, it can be hard to know where to turn when a health issue arises. Nothing is more frustrating than taking time out of your busy schedule to see a doctor and hear them say, “Sorry, I can’t help you. Let me refer you to a specialist.” Fortunately, foot issues like toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, warts and other common problems fall under several jurisdictions.
Types of Doctors That Treat Toenail Fungus & Foot Health
You may notice that there are “health spas” that treat toenail fungus with lasers. One should approach these facilities with caution, as not every person may be a licensed and board-certified doctor. It’s best to start by visiting a legitimate doctor to assess your situation. From there, you may still be referred to a specialist for treatment, but at least you’ll be sent to a health care practitioner you can trust. The following are doctors who may be able to treat foot fungus, toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, plantar’s warts and other foot issues:
A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) has been educated and trained at an accredited podiatric medicine college. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, “Podiatrists are the most qualified doctors to care for your feet. They complete four years of training in a podiatric medical school and three years of hospital residency training. This training is similar to that of other doctors.” The best podiatrists can earn board certification through the American Board of Podiatric Medicine or the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
A dermatology clinic can treat everything from nail fungus, warts and athlete’s foot, to eczema, skin cancer and dandruff. Essentially, a dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the hair, skin and nails. To become a dermatologist, a person must complete a bachelor’s degree, a medical school degree, a one-year internship and a 3-year residency program. Dermatologists can perform procedures like cryosurgery, laser surgery, excisions and biopsies.
It’s possible that your regular physician can take a look at your foot and prescribe something to treat your toenail fungus or other foot problem. Lamisil is a common prescription for people suffering from toenail fungus, but you will need to go in for periodic blood tests to check the function of your liver during treatment. Sometimes it can be quicker to book with your primary care team, as dermatologists and podiatrists might be scheduled out months in advance.
Internal Medicine Specialists
You may not immediately think of it, but internal medicine specialists are also trained to treat toe problems like foot fungus. The American College of Physicians explains that “Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.” They often serve as consultants to other doctors.
Here at SteriShoe, we work with all different types of doctors. Our product is doctor-recommended for patients who have suffered from chronic toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, diabetic foot infections, foot fungus or hyperhidrosis. We would never claim that our UV light shoe sanitizer will treat any of these conditions, but it’s an effective weapon in preventing recurrence and all-around keeping your feet more sanitary.