Toe fungus is an unsightly and unpleasant condition. Unfortunately, it’s also common. Fungi are pervasive, and once you have the condition, it’s difficult to eradicate. It’s best to avoid the condition if possible, and by using the steps below, you’ll significantly lower your risk of getting a fungal infection.
A Guide to Avoiding Toe Fungus
Wear the Right Shoes
When your shoes are too tight, your feet will sweat. This creates the ideal conditions for fungi, which thrive in dark, hot, and moist environments. Make sure your shoes are the right size and look for those made from breathable materials.
Don’t Go Barefoot in Public
Toe fungus is usually present in areas like public showers, saunas, and other communal areas where moisture is present. Wear a pair of flip flops when visiting these locations. Even one instance of exposure may lead to the development of fungus. This risk is even greater for athletes, who are more likely to spend time gyms and locker rooms.
Take Care When Clipping Nails
Toenails should be cut in a straight line using sanitized clippers. If you don’t disinfect the clippers before use, you risk spreading toe fungus, especially if the clippers are shared. If you already have a toe fungus, avoid spreading it to other toes by cleaning the clippers immediately after trimming the effected nail. If your toes have sharp edges after cutting, be sure to use a nail file to soften them. This will also help prevent an ingrown toenail – another uncomfortable foot condition.
Use Antifungal Powder in Shoes
Dust the insides your shoes and socks with antifungal powders to create an environment inhospitable to mold spores. There are many over-the-counter varieties as well as prescription-strength options, so talk to your foot doctor about what will be most effective for you.
The skilled podiatry team at Progressive Foot Care in Manhattan, NY, will help you treat toe fungus. If you suffer from thickened flaky nails, pain, or nail bed separation, they’ll offer treatments to provide relief. They also treat a wide range of foot conditions, such as corns, bunions, and even sprains of the ankle. They’ll use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to identify and treat all foot problems. Visit them online or watch this informative video to learn more about their practice. Call (212) 244-7670 to schedule an appointment at their Midtown office.