HOW TO PREVENT TOENAIL FUNGUS
Patients come to our Livonia office for a wide range of foot and ankle issues, but one that seems to cause the most embarrassment is fungal toenails. This condition results in nails that are yellowed, thickened, crumbly, and unsightly. We want you to feel comfortable showing off your feet to the world, so let’s take a look at how to prevent fungal toenails from developing.
Not only is this condition embarrassing, it can also be a potential health threat to those who live with diabetes and other autoimmune disorders. These individuals have extra incentive for avoiding infection, but we know that no one wants to develop this problem.
Our practice provides effective treatment for this condition, but we are sure you’d rather avoid it in the first place. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent toenail fungus from developing. These include:
· Practice good hygienic practices. Wash your feet daily, using soap and water, and then make sure you dry them thoroughly before putting on socks and shoes. Also, keeping your nails trimmed and properly maintained will reduce your infection risk.
· Wear moisture-wicking socks. Fungi need moisture to survive, so keeping your feet dry is essential.
· Choose footwear that breathes. In addition to socks that wick away moisture, shoes made from materials that allow the feet to breathe will lower your risk.
· Use antifungal powders or spray. Treat your footwear with antifungal agents to eliminate spores that might be hiding inside.
· Protect your feet in public places. Gym locker rooms and indoor pool decks are common sources of infection, so be sure to wear shower shoes or sandals if you are walking in such areas.
We hope that you are able to avoid an infection through the use of these tips, but keep in mind that we are always here to provide the treatment you need if an infection does occur. The Foot Health Team at Dr. Peter F. Gregory, D.P.M. offers first-class skin and nail care for your feet and ankles, including effective toenail fungus treatment.
Don’t suffer from the embarrassment that comes with infected toenails! Simply give our Livonia office a call at 734-522-7676 for more information or to schedule an appointment today.