You may recall the scene where Reese Witherspoon (who plays Cheryl Strayed) is so fed up with her tight hiking boots and black and bloodied toes and toenails that she accidentally kicks her boot over a cliff. Very likely she didn't have access to an REI store to carefully measure her feet before she took off on her storied trek.
It's not uncommon for us to wear hiking or running shoes that are too short. And I'm not just talking about kids. As we get older and gain weight, 26%-41% of us can no longer fit into the shoe size we wore in our 20s. It's not uncommon for our feet to grow a 1/2 to a full inch.
It's unlikely that your feet are going to look as bad as Reese's, however wearing tight shoes can cause and hasten the development of ingrown nails, bunions, and fungal toenails.
How Else Can I Develop Fungal Nails?
Exposing your toes to fungus in public showers and locker rooms.
Participating in sports where repetitive movements cause your nails to take a beating, regardless of shoe size (eg. running, soccer, tennis). However, playing sports in tight shoes are more likely to cause your nail to lift, allowing fungus and other bacteria to get under the nail bed.
Wearing shoes and socks that don't absorb perspiration - fungus loves to grow in damp environments
What Can I Do About It?
Wear flip flops in public areas to prevent fungus from reaching your toes
Get your feet measured at a store like Nordstrom every year to make sure you're wearing the right shoe size
If you think you have fungal nails, we'd love to help you get rid of this embarrassing problem. Check out our Comprehensive Laser Treatment Program and call us at 206-368-7000 if you want to find out if this program is right for you.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.