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It’s time to hit your closet and favorite stores in search for summer sandals.  It’s important you remember that summer footwear can put your feet at risk for developing conditions such as toenail fungus. Fungal toenail, also referred to as onchomycosis, is a fungal infection that affects the nail bed of your toes.

           

What are the risk factors for fungal toenails?

  • Poor immune system:If your immune system is in jeopardy then it puts you at risk for all kinds of health problems, which include fungal nails. To avoid developing diseases it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise on a daily basis.
  • Improper foot care:Foot and toenail care is very important in the health of your toes and feet. Keeping toenail polish on too long, or not trimming toenails on a weekly basis, can put your toes at risk for a fungal infection. Remember to also wash your feet and toes at least once a day and dry thoroughly after any instances of becoming wet.
  • Poorly cleaned public places:Public environments like gyms, pools and locker rooms can leave your feet at risk for fungal infections. These areas are often warm, moist and dark, which allow for the best growth of fungi. If you frequent any public establishment, where your feet require a shoe or sock change, make sure to wear protective footwear.

            What else you can do to prevent toenail fungus?

  • Cut your nails weekly. You should trim your toenails at least once a week. Do not let the toenail proceed over the edge of your toe. Clean your feet at least once a day with soap and warm water and then dry thoroughly - especially between your toes!
  • Wear socks.Socks can prevent irritation caused by your feet and shoes rubbing against one another. Synthetic socks can keep your feet dry better than cotton or wool socks. Remember to change your socks at least once a day.
  • Use antifungal sprays and powders.Apply a layer of antifungal specimen to the bottoms of your feet and the insides of your socks and shoes.

If your toenails are already infected, or have been in the past, you should know that repeated infection is very common. Therefore it is still important to keep up with toenail care and healthcare of your entire foot in order to prevent further infections. Your best option when facing a fungal toenail infection is to contact our office at (724) 225-7410 and set up an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.

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