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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 23, 2014
Category: Fungal Problems

Have you ever stopped to check if your toenails are truly clean and healthy?

We typically don’t pay much attention to our feet. They carry us everywhere we want to go and often get shoved in uncomfortable footwear for the sake of fashion but really aren’t given much attention until they hurt!

With summer in full swing and sandals the footwear of choice, it is time you took a second look at your feet with extra attention to your toenails. Foot specialist, Dr. Phil Pinkser, often reminds his patients that when toenails are not cared for regularly they are at risk for injury. Who wants infected, ugly, or discolored toenails for all to see? Avoid this by following a few steps:

  • When you come in from working in the yard or after walking in sandals all day, clean your feet with lukewarm water to kill bacteria.
  • Dirt and bacteria can get stuck in the corners and under your toenails. Use an antiseptic soap and with a small brush, gently clean these areas
  • Keep your toenails short to minimize dirt and bacteria that can accumulate with longer nails. Trim nails straight across to avoid the potential for ingrown toenails. An ingrown toenail can become very painful and infected if not cared for properly.
  • Cleaning and checking your toenails regularly will help spot any changes that could be missed otherwise. A fungal infection can start as a small white spot but worsen over time to where the toenail is discolored, thickened and crumbling. Starting treatment at the start of a fungal infection will ensure a faster recovery to healthy toenails.

If you suspect any problems with your toenails or have a painful ingrown toenail that needs treatment, please contact our Washington, PA podiatric office today. Make an appointment by calling (724) 225-7410 or visit us online to request an appointment.

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