A fungal toenail infection is caused essentially by the same order of microscopic fungi that eventually turn into mushrooms. Just like mushrooms, these fungi love warm and moist locales and are particularly fond of the environment inside your shoes and sneakers. The Fungal Kingdom is enormous and underappreciated. If this blog gets you interested in exploring it further so much the better! Meanwhile, see your podiatrist for the best fungal toenail treatments and try out the fabulous new nail laser centers.
5 ways you can help avoid getting toenail fungus include the following:
- Toenails need to be properly trimmed—Cut your toenails straight across or on just a slight curve to hopefully avoid having the edge of the nail grow into your skin. Ingrown toenails are painful and can lead to fungal toenail infections, among other problems.
- Keep your feet clean and dry—Wash your feet at least once daily and make sure that they are completely dry before putting on your socks and shoes.
- Allow your feet to breathe—Always wear socks and shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Materials like canvas and Gore Tex allow moisture to escape.
- Keep your feet protected—Be aware that places like public showers, bathrooms, and locker rooms are a hotbed of microbial activity. Wear protective shower shoes or at least sandals to help prevent coming into contact with the microorganisms, including the spores that cause toenail fungus.
- Medicinal lotions, sprays, and powders—Antifungal medications can be applied externally to kill the fungi directly. Use them on your feet and inside your footwear.
If you are experiencing a fungal toenail infection, see your foot doctor for the proper care. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, Woodlyn, and Downingtown. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.