It’s always interesting what people take for granted (until it’s gone). One of the biggest examples is health, of course. People forget how valuable good health is until their own deteriorates. Anyone who has dealt with nail fungus, or has a loved one with the condition, knows nice nails aren’t a given, either, and that anyone can get fungus. The good news is that you can prevent fungal toenails, instead of just hoping you won’t get it.
No one likes nail fungus. It distorts, discolors, and damages the hard keratin. This can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially if changes in your nail allow it to become ingrown. Fortunately, the steps to prevent fungal toenails aren’t difficult. You simply have to be intentional about how you take care of your feet. Here are our top tips to avoid a fungal nail infection:
- Keep feet clean – Wash your feet every day to get rid of old sweat and grime. Dry feet thoroughly after you wash them, too.
- Trim toenails right – Nails that are too short or too long are more susceptible to infections. Keep the keratin trimmed so your nail matches the end of your toe.
- Wear footwear that breathes – Choose shoes made from materials that allow air to circulate around your foot. Moisture-wicking socks are also helpful.
- Switch out shoes – Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Switch out pairs so each set can dry between uses.
- Avoid walking barefoot – Don’t walk barefoot, especially in places where the fungus thrives. Instead, wear shower shoes or sandals.
- Pre-treat and disinfect – Pre-treat your feet with anti-fungal spray or powder regularly, and disinfect high-risk places like your shower to discourage fungal growth.
- Don’t share footwear or nail products – You can catch the infection from others, so don’t share footwear, nail polish, or pedicure tools with others if you can help it.
By making it harder for fungus to transfer to your nails and grow, you’re more likely to prevent fungal toenails and keep your feet looking their best! If you do develop an infection, take care of it right away—the sooner the better. Just contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an appointment. You can use the website, call, or fax: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler location.