Fungal toenail infections are a common foot health problem, and can persist for years without ever causing pain. The disease, often characterized by a change in a toenail’s color, is often considered nothing more than a blemish, but it can present serious problems if left untreated.
Fungal nail infections can be prevented in several ways, including:
Exercise proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
Keep your feet clean and dry.
Wear shower shoes in public facilities whenever possible.
Clip your nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
Use a quality foot powder in conjunction with shoes that fit well and are made of breathable materials.
Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture.
Disinfect home pedicure tools and don’t apply polish to nails suspected of infection.
Depending on the type of fungal infection you develop, the doctors at Progressive Podiatry may recommend over-the-counter antifungals or topical or oral medication. In some cases, surgical treatment may be necessary.
Progressive Podiatry is an ideal choice for both prevention and treatments. To learn more about Progressive Podiatry, or to schedule a consultation with a specialist, please call (859) 331-2440.