Foot Fungus

HiDi | 10:49

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"So I started taking care of them myself, getting close to my feet..."

Feet Fungus Apple Cider Vinegar ACV Soaking Athletes Foot In-grown Toenails Pain in Feet Chronic Pain Yeast Teatree Oil Lavender Oil Pumice Stone

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I'm Heidi. I'm 57 and my problem had to do with my feet. I am an avid yoga practicer and I'm on my feet a lot, barefoot. And so, somehow I came up with a really gnarly fungus on my skin and on my toenails. I want to call it a chronic infection on my [feet], the yeast infection. I also had an ingrown toenail issue and deformed toenail issues. I was also having problems with balance. I was having problems with pain in my feet and especially one of my feet, with my right foot, with my right big toe had a really, really bad ingrown toenail there. So I basically just started soaking my feet. And I was doing this twice a day. Initially I was using apple cider vinegar and water, and then I would also do this treatment with equal parts of apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, and that's like a really acidic, strong concoction. But I would soak my feet in that as well and then I would soak them in water afterward. And then, after I would do all of this soaking, probably that would be about 45 minutes to an hour, with the peroxide, apple cider solution and water and vinegar or sometimes Epsom salt. And also, sometimes, I would do teatree oil or lavender oil as well. And I would do this twice a day and then afterwards I would have to like, pumice and use nippers and pick away the dead skin that the acid from the different soaks would create, because once you have all this dead skin, you really have to remove it, otherwise it's just gonna harden and then make it even more painful.

So, then I went through this process of probably about six months of cleaning up my feet and cleaning up my toenail, and it was very arduous, because you're on your feet all the time. If you don't have the time to soak and deal with the issues that come up with the pain in your feet from having ingrown toenails or from having yeast infections under your toenail, then you really should go to a doctor. But if you have the time, to treat it at home, then thats what you have to do and just have the patience, because the skin on your feet is so tough. It's designed to be that way. And these bacteria or the fungus that grow under your feet are really strong as well. So, you have to fight them. And so you know, a lot of times, I would have different utensils as well, like I have nippers, I had cuticle tools, to push back my cuticles to scrape the nail beds, to scrape under the nails. I could remove all of the dead skin that was under my nails. And it's just a constant process of keeping the nails, as debris free as possible on a daily basis so that the healthy nail can grow out and the contaminated nail can be controlled, so it doesn't continue to spread. And I went to a podiatrist. He basically said, "I can't tell you what's wrong with your feet," you know, because I had been taking care of them. So he's like, "I can't tell.[...] I can't even tell if you have fungus on your toenails." I felt like I had done a really good job because I had, like, a discolored, yellowish skin also around my toenails and at the tips of my toes. So, now my toes are all pink. And I told my daughter that six out of 10 of my toenails are good and the four that I'm working on are over 70%. But I had nine out of 10 toenails that were, like, totally jacked up. And it's really, like I said, it was the foot bath.

Things with my feet have been getting better. I've been strengthening them, So I do ballet exercises mostly just Plie's and Releve's and I try to do those every day, and I also have a foot roller that I use to roll my feet, because circulation is really good for healthy feet. So, I do that to keep all the knots and the aches and pains that can come from not walking properly. So that's the other thing. I learned how to walk properly, watching videos and then practicing walking properly so that basically, now I feel like my feet are my foundation and that everything, every muscle in my body is reliant on my feet. Because if I can't stand, then I'm not being me. So, I know that's kind of all over the place with my personality and everything. But as a 57 year old, you know, when your life starts slowing down, your feet are one of the first things that go. They get really stiff. You can't wear shoes because your toes and your toenails, they're all jacked up. So I said that wasn't gonna be me. So right now I'm looking at almost pretty feet, you know, they're close, they're getting there. And so, like I said, I'm gonna soak them today. I'm still soaking and afterwards, my feet feel really good. I usually, after I finish soaking them, if for any reason, I had any nicks or anything like that, I always finish it off with a little anti-bacterial, antibiotic like a petroleum [jelly], Neosporin type of thing. And then after that, I just take a coconut oil and shea butter concoction that I make myself, and I just put that on my feet, and then I put socks on them.

And I have to tell you I mean, I'm really, really proud. I mean, my toenails are clear, and I had brown spots on them. I'm still just kind of working now on, making sure that ingrown toenails are all straightened out and that my nail beds are growing correctly. So, you know, it's a lot. It was a lot. And a lot of people, like I said, when you go and get your feet taken care of by someone else, you don't really know what's going on with your feet. So I started taking care of them myself, getting close to my feet, even though, you know, they're the closest thing to me in this planet, I wasn't that familiar with them. So now I know all of my toes and how they're supposed to look. When I consulted with the doctors and even when you look online, what they tell you is even if you use the medicines, it's gonna take18 months, because they tell you that's the life cycle of nail growth. Now, I have toenails that I know are not gonna take 18 months to grow, because it's not that much nail. But when they said that I understood, because then what we start talking about is the about the physiology and understanding, like what's going on, like the nail bed and how thick it is, what kinds of things can penetrate it to get underneath, which is where the fungus is growing. So that was why you know, I had to get creative with how can I,you know, I had to understand physiologically what was going on with my feet like, how are they supposed to work? You know, when doctors tell you something can't be done or someone tells me something can't be done, I'm just like, "Let me see for myself." And so that's why you know, I took that approach of just being patient. And then when I realized, you know, I've been doing this twice a day for two months and I see progress, but I [also] realized it was a big commitment. I was still being active as well, I was still doing yoga. But I was having to kind of change the way I did it, so that I wasn't exposing my feet to any other potential bacteria or fungus in the process of trying to clear it up, you're breaking down your skin and so you know, while you're in the process of healing. And that's where the right shoes and all these things come into play, like I've had to be committed to wearing crocs and had to put on a real shoe. I had to take something to change, because my feet were very sensitive. I was committed to getting healthy feet and I knew it was gonna take time. That's my story. Hope it was interesting.