Preventing Fungal Nails


Fungi thrive in the warm, wet conditions found in the typical pair of shoes. The same fungus that causes athlete’s foot is also the culprit when it comes to fungal nail infections. Many people don’t even realize that their foot fungus has spread to the nails until they notice the physical changes that include altered shape, brittleness, thickness, color, and odor: an oozing fungal nail infection can produce quite a distinctive and rather gross smell.

If your infection has progressed to this point, you may wish to enlist the services of your foot care professional to get the best treatment which may involve complete surgical removal of the nail to get at the underlying fungal infection.

To avoid this, here are some simple steps you can take to prevent nail fungus from getting a foothold!!

Nail maintenance—Strive to carefully cut your toenails straight across. One of the leading contributors to a nail fungus infection is an ingrown toenail that cuts into your skin allowing the fungus in.

Keep feet clean and dry—Fungi cannot grow easily without sweaty, dirty, wet conditions. Washing your feet with a mild soap and drying carefully, especially between the toes, will help keep nail fungi at bay. You can also apply antifungal topical creams and ointments to further eradicate the threat.

Protect your feet in public areas—While frequenting swimming pools, locker room areas, and showers, wear shower shoes or sandals to minimize contact with microbial contaminants.

If you are experiencing a difficult fungal nail infection, we highly recommend that you consult our board certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM to discuss a laser treatment. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!