Toenail fungus starts as foot fungus then moves to the toenails. If you only treat the toenails, the foot fungus can keep re-infecting the toenails. This is why most toenail treatments seem to start working but then stop before the fungus is completely treated. I have found that the most effective method of treating toenail fungus consists of two steps:
Step 1: Treat the foot fungus with an antifungal foot serum
Step 2: Treat the toenail fungus with an antifungal toenail treatment
TRUTH: Treating toenail fungus over the counter is most effective if you treat the toenail fungus and the cause of the fungus with two separate topical medications.
Since dry skin is not a normal, chronic problem, once its cause is determined it is easy to treat! What is the point of putting lotion on your feet every night for months if it never gets any better, or get a pedicure only to see your dry skin come back 7 days later? Follow this thought process to get rid of dry skin:
- First 2 weeks: It is dry skin. Apply any moisturizing cream or lotion you have twice a day for 2 weeks. If this does not improve your heels completely, it is not just dry skin. Move on to #2.
- Weeks 2-4: It is dry skin caused by fungus. Apply an anti-fungal foot serum twice a day for 2 weeks. If this does not improve your heels completely, it is not just dry skin and fungus. Move on to #3.
- Weeks 4-6: It is dry skin caused by an inflammatory reaction. Apply a moisturizer mixed with over the counter steroid cream twice a day for 2 weeks. If this does not improve your heels completely, it is not just dry skin and eczema or an allergy. Move on to #4
- See a podiatrist.
TRUTH – Dry heels normally resolve in 2- 6 weeks once the cause is determined and treated.