OMG Foot Fungus That Never Goes Away: A Solution

OMG Foot Fungus That Never Goes Away: A Solution

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Toe Fungus Solution

Toe Fungus Solution

Back in 2015, yeah that long ago, I noticed on a cruise ship that I was limping. It was the second leg of a crochet cruise where I had been on the ship already for 1 week and halfway through a second week. Something under my foot was killing me. Upon looking, I saw nothing was wrong. I gave the class an assignment and went back to my cabin to really look at my left foot. Between my two smallest toes, a had a massive water blister. I broke it, it gushed and the pain was instantly gone.

This became my 5 years of drama. Turns out, I got athlete’s foot. 

My left foot over the years kept acting up. Blisters constantly. Painful today, fine tomorrow but then 2 years ago, both of my feet changed. Severe cracking to the point where I have to decide if I really want to walk or stay seated longer. Peeling thick skin about the size of quarters coming off leading to bleeding and more. It was awful! Truly!

We Sit A Lot

As a crocheter, I sit a lot. I sit all day working at my desk and then sit all night long until bed crocheting. My feet are barely used and I barely get enough steps into my day.

Applying creams to my feet requires me to keep my feet up but once the crap is on my hands, I have to find a way to get up, wash my hands and then hobble back to my chair. So the application of the creams is really inconvenient, so I wouldn’t bother.

So I needed a solution that doesn’t require me to put the creams on my hands so I can stay seated. This has become my personal nightmare to deal with.

The Boutique Spa

I decided to call a local spa called The Boutique Spa to see if there is a treatment for my feet for the dryness. So I got a sports pedicure. Using the sanding files, it was unbelievable the amount of dry skin coming off. The callous build-up, especially to the left foot was really horrendous. I was jaw-dropping at it.

So my toenails are not discoloured and if you never saw the bottom of my feet, you would never know I had anything wrong. It was serious, at least to me. My friend Anita took me to the spa on the cruise ship even though I had been to my local spa 2 weeks earlier. They did their magic, filed and applied what is called Paraffin wax as the final treatment. The moisture of the Paraffin would stay in my foot would stay a day or two and then I am back to watching my feet crack apart. I hadn’t seen the bottom of my feet so rejuvenated before like that, so I know I need to keep the moisture in my feet longer to let them heal.

Upon coming home from the cruise, I came to visit my local spa to ask if they do the Parrafin, which they do. So I got a foot treatment and then Covid-19 hits and lockdown, including the spa.

My left foot, the toenails on my serious foot discoloured and it turns out I got myself a toenail fungus. Yeah me, I couldn’t be so lucky but I don’t know what it is as I hadn’t ever seen it before. It went from the small toes and then eventually nailed my large toe and I was devastated! You have no idea how upset I was.

The feet started cracking really seriously, sometimes up to 5 open gashes that are up to 2″ long. When I walked, the gashes would open up and they were right on the pressure points of walking.

Commercials on TV

I kept seeing ads for toenail fungus. Promises of fast fixes but when you read the labels, nothing about fast as you have to wait for your nails to grow out. The fungus is right under the nails on the nail bed. So the solution has to soak through.

I tried 2 different over the counter liquids to apply to the toes. I couldn’t stop it. I finally broke down and decided to call the doctor and get a medical opinion.

Finally Saw My Nurse Practioner

Here in Canada, we don’t pay out of pocket (as it’s worked into our taxes) for our healthcare to see our family Nurse Practioner. So the excuse not to have gone sooner is really just laziness and hoping it goes away on its own.

My doctor looked and said to me, you have two options. I can home remedy this for you or you can pay $300 for medication. Both treatments will take the same amount of time. Go for the home remedy option, it will save you money and works just as well.

She said she had the same issue and this is what she did. She said it’s remarkable that both feet never got the same issue. So I’m lucky, I suppose.

I also booked a weekly spa appointment at my local spa instead of once every 5 weeks like I had been doing. Every Saturday afternoon, I have an hour at the space to remove excessive callous.

Foot Nail Fungus Solutions

Foot Nail Fungus Solutions

The Treatment


  • Get a roaster you normally do with your turkey that you probably have.
  • Place 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into a roaster that will fit my feet.
  • Fill with warm/hot water so the water line is just above the toes.
  • Soak my feet for 15 minutes and play on social media to distract the time. I usually watch Tik Tok videos.
  • Do this every other day in the early evenings.
  • This will naturally disinfect my feet and begin the healing process.

Now Go Find My Crochet Chair

Get comfortable and apply Vicks Vapo Rub and Shea Butter to the feet.

  • Grab a pair of socks to wear if you have to get up or when you go to bed.


  • Using a cue tip, rub Vicks Vapo Rub over the nail and around the edges of each of the infected nails.
  • This will soak in and slip under the nail where the problem is. It will attack the fungus and kill it.
  • Leave on toenails.

Shea Butter Balm

  • This is like a deodorant stick container.
  • You don’t have to touch it. Just rub it on to the bottom of the feet and leave it on.

Get Cozy

Cover your legs with a blanket so it heats up your blood that goes to your feet. This will help keep your exposed feet in the winter warm without needing a cover.

Put your feet up and crochet until your heart’s content.

Let the Vicks and Shea Butter soak in. If you have to get up, slip on a pair of socks so you don’t get the creams on the floors.

In Process – 1 Month After Starting

Toenails Growing Out

Toenails Growing Out

It’s now been a month and it feels like nails take forever to grow. I was able to kill the fungus and new growth is coming in as normal and the discoloured is growing out. I had noticeable results within a week of soaking my feel to heal the deep gashes of splits in my skin. Today, 4 weeks later all of the gashes are gone and so is the pain and new growth isn’t infected by the fungus

I’m still continuing the soaks and treatments regardless until it’s gone. My toenails should be back to normal by summer.

Crochet is such a lack of body motion hobby of sitting. My lack of movement, wearing socks all day, every day contributed to my issue.

In Process – 2 Months After Diagnosis

Evidence from my smaller toes that I had toenail fungus is gone. My feet haven’t cracked on the pressure points. I have been really vigilant to use the Vicks and shea butter balm each evening. I am sure the fungus is gone but I won’t be happy until it completely grows out.

I am continuing to soak my feet every other night, for 15 minutes, with apple cider vinegar in the water.

I still continue to do the spa each Saturday for a sports pedicure and paraffine.

It’s just a matter of waiting for the final nail to grow out.

Toenail Fungus

Toenail Fungus

The Final Kick in the Face

My Nurse Practioner asked me a question. “Do you know how you got the athlete’s foot and now the toenail fungus?” and I answered no. Because I am daft you know!

She said you must have been walking in a public place barefoot. Where would have been walking barefoot in a public place? The obvious answer for me is the cruise ships on the pool deck.

Turning back to the start of the story. It’s taken me this long to finally get solutions as I am so lazy to see my health professional! Years of personal embarrassment and more I didn’t have to incur. So of course, now I blog about it and share it with the world but I know I am not alone and maybe, just maybe, someone else is having a similar issue that could benefit.

Of course, consult your health professional. The really major cost to me is seeing the spa once a week but once I know I am in the clear, I will pull back the appointments to being more sparse once again.

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Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd, started this online journey back in 2008. A mere hobby in trying to reach out to others as he was mentally struggling with his own issues. His goal was simple, find others in the yarn communities, like him, that have a common interest.

The journey and main baby of the whole idea started with a YouTube Channel and then in 2011, an official website was developed. Michael is not only the face of The Crochet Crowd but also the working engine behind the crowd in self-taught programming, social media and so much more.

Enjoy the stitching journey. Life is short, enjoy this wonderful hobby and all of the learning opportunities that come with it.

18 thoughts on “OMG Foot Fungus That Never Goes Away: A Solution”

  1. Sarah Cramerini says:

    Mikey, you never cease to amaze me!

  2. Jana Connell says:

    My aunt cured her toe fungus the same way! ACV is wonderful stuff isn’t it? I drink it every morning in a refreshing bubbly drink I make called Switchel. You can find recipes for it online. It’s basically ACV, honey (I mix it with molasses) and pieces of cut up ginger, plus a splash of lime juice. Drink 8 oz every morning as my juice.
    I think will start soaking my feet in ACV just to prevent this from happening to me.
    I am so grateful for your forthcoming and honesty Mikey. You are such a gem.
    Love you guys!!

  3. Miss Daisy says:

    Sorry to hear about your feet , believe me I know it can be painful. Years ago rented a big 2 story house , it was nice. I go barefoot at home , couple months later , feet itch on the bottom , even got holes. After about 6 months , people that lived there before had a little cog that peer everywhere , carpet was cleaned by professionals twice. Long story short , went to podiatrist several times , nothing worked , someone told me to take garlic tablets so I did and soaked my feet in bleach water and everything soon cleared up. My dad always soaked his feet in bleach water once a week , he had the prettiest feet. Stay safe .

  4. Sandy says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! My hubby has similar issues plus he has diabetes. We will definitely try this remedy!
    You are so brave and kind to share your story. 💗

  5. Katrina Hrynko says:

    Hi Mikey I also have issues with fungal toenails probably for similar reasons as yourself, sit and crochet all day, not much exercise, but also throw in diabetes to the mixture, means very prone to these infections and dry feet. I have to visit a podiatrist every 6 months because of the diabetes, and she also made similar suggestion to treatment, however she also mentioned a couple of items you haven’t covered. Once you have a fungal infection, it will reoccur unless you constantly treat shoes, beds and bedding basically anywhere you put your feet, so a mixture of white vinegar (or the apple cider you use for your feet) and water should be sprayed on the non washable items (shoes etc) and placed in the sun to dry, this kills the fungal bacteria. bedding that can be washed should be done on a hygene cycle and throw some of that vinegar in with the wash to help it kill the nasties. Again wherever possible hang it in the sun to dry. The other consideration to help the healing faster is before washing your feet in your foot bath use a nail file to scrape all the dead skin away from under your toenails and file on top of your toenails, this allows the vinegar and Vick’s to better penetrate the nail and get in and kill the fungal bacteria.

  6. Mary Monk says:

    Dear Mikey, Sorry about your feet! My husband had a similar toenail fungus for years with no relief. His big toe nails were an inch thick and hard as rocks and kept him from wearing dress shoes at all. He couldn’t take the anti-fungal meds because of his liver disease. I read about Vick’s vapor rub in a Dr. Gott’s column in the newspaper. I figured, what have we got to lose. He applied it religiously to his toes every morning and night and within about 3 months, those great horrible nails grew out and there was an ordinary nail. He applied the vapor rub to his feet every night thereafter. I am a registered nurse (retired now) and I recommended this treatment many times to my patients and was always amazed that it worked. I am allergic to menthol, but I had a little fungus looking thing start on my big toe after traveling for a couple of weeks, I put the Vicks just on the nail with a cotton swab and in about a month it was successful. Anyway, I am so glad you have a Nurse Practioner who wants to save you money and has heard of this treatment. I pray you and yours stay safe and well.

  7. Ruth says:

    Mike, this is so interesting! Thank you for blogging about it. I’ve had splits in my heels, dry skin and an occasional rash on my foot, which I treat with anti fungal cream, but seeing the podiatrist yesterday, he diagnosed athletes foot and said it’s in my nails, which I think is why they are so thick compared to the other foot. I have terbinafine cream, but now thinking of your remedy first.

  8. Mads says:

    Miley, so glad your situation is cleared up. Tip for your readers- Always always wear thongs (flip flops) in public places where there is water and or it’s warm for bacteria to grow! Gym, public showers, etc.

    I’m in the military and foot fungus/tinea seems to come part in parcel but we always wear thongs in the communal showers (on ships, at the swimming pool etc). Not 100% fool proof but helps not catch other people’s foot issues! Just need to keep feet dry in boots all day haha! .

  9. Kathy says:

    Thank you for sharing information. You are so wonderful about that. Wondering if anyone has other solutions instead of the Vicki’s vapour rub? I am allergic to menthol. Thanks. 😊

    1. Eunice Bentley says:

      Try finding a cream with eucalyptus in it, it is the eucalyptus in the Vick’s Vaporub that stops toenail fungus.

      1. Kathy says:

        Also allergic to eucalyptus.

  10. Wendy Basil says:

    I have to ask, do you put the vapor rub just on your infected toenails, or do you put it on the whole feet along with the shea butter? Thanks for the info….

    1. Jeannie Burns says:

      I was going to ask this also.

  11. Mogu says:

    Merci de ces bons conseils. Je suis moi même affligé de mycose récalcitrante au pied et je vais essayer votre méthode.
    Merci pour toutes les beaux ouvrages que vous nous proposez et toutes les explications, c’est un vrai bonheur.

  12. Gayla says:

    Wow Mikey…I love to crochet too, but I exercise at least an hour before much crocheting gets started. Please try to get your blood pumping by exercise – we need you around for a long time. God bless!

  13. Diana S Gutierrez says:

    Thank goodness you addressed the situation before it got worse. Glad to hear you’re on your way to 100% again.

  14. Suzanne says:

    My heart goes out to you, as I know exactly how you feel.
    I developed Toe nail fungus four years ago from a beauty salon while having a pedicure.
    Like yourself, I tried over the counter remedies time after time, to no avail. In the end, I contacted my surgery and spoke to the Triage Nurse, who told me that the longest time anyone should use over the counter remedies for this problem is four months. When I told her that I had been using them for nearly three years, she was shocked.
    After talking to my Doctor, I was given a prescription, and took a tablet every day for two months. According to the information with the tablets, it should have been three months, but after the first two months were up, I had to have a blood test; I was then given a further two months of medication. The interesting part of the information was that ‘a difference won’t be noticed much until the medication is finished.
    Well, it’s three weeks since I finished, and there is only a small sign of fungus left.
    Guess who is looking forward to wearing sandals in the summer again!? 😀
    The medication that I was on is one of a group for anti fungus and called Terbinafine 250mg.

  15. Barbara Crespo says:

    Hi Mikey, I spent thousands of dollars on my cocker spaniels ear infections. After two ear surgeries, creams and pills one day I said enough. I wonder if vinegar was will take away yeast infection that starts this whole ear infection cycle. Put some vinegar in warm water and washed off under his ears! After several time Ears were 95 percent better. I looked it up and not harmful so I continue and they are much better. Now it’s maintenance only. Vet said nothing. Right now no opinion after you have me spending tons of money. Have to say vinegar is the trick for lots of things.
    Barbara C

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