Onychomycosis, or nail fungus, is an infectious condition that spreads via touch.
Arthritis is a disease of inflammation and wear and tear.
What could possibly be the connection?
According to a new study published in the journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica, the connection is clear: people with arthritis are more than 15 times more likely to suffer nail fungus.
To find out, these scientists recruited 520 patients who had visited the SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center in Seoul with a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis. They all potentially qualified for knee surgery, so their condition ranged from moderate to severe.
The researchers took nail samples from them and tested them in the laboratory for nail fungus. Of the 520 participants, 308 were diagnosed with nail fungus—59.2%.
Compare that to 4.3% in the general population and 8.9% in hospital patients, far below the numbers for our knee arthritis population in this new study.
This was an especially big problem for people with more severe knee arthritis, for older patients, for men, and for people who tended to walk barefoot.
From these findings, they concluded that nail fungus was a problem for people with knee arthritis because they struggled with an impairment of physical function and self-care.
While few of us would even have thought of this, one can see how this happens. We don’t want to ask other people to clean our feet and cut our toenails for us, so the fungi and yeasts build up on our feet, penetrate our nails, and gradually destroy them.
Therefore, as difficult as it may be, you may need to ask for help with footcare if you have any disorder that compromises your ability to do it yourself.
If you already have nail fungus, you can easily get rid of it for good using the natural two-punch approach explained here…
And if you suffer from arthritis, it may surprise you that thousands of readers have completely rid themselves of arthritis using the simple steps explained here…