With winter weather finally in the rearview mirror, our vision starts to shift from getting off the couch to heading outdoors for some exercise. Harsh weather is really no excuse for neglecting the care of your feet, so take some action to get your feet happy and healthy for when the warmer weather eventually coaxes you outdoors.
One of the most insidious impediments to foot health is nail fungal infections which are caused by tiny invaders that thrive in warm, moist environments common to the average shoe — no matter what time of year. When fungi spread to your nails there are a variety of treatments you can employ to keep the infection at bay.
To avoid getting fungal nail infections you should try the following methods:
● Be sure to trim your nails straight across so the edge of the nail doesn’t grow inward into the bed. Ingrown toenails are a common precursor to nail infections.
● Try to wash your feet every day and dry them before putting on your socks and shoes to help avoid the environment that causes fungal growth.
● Wear socks and shoes that are light and breathable. Wear fresh socks every day and make sure to let your shoes breathe between wearings.
● Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms, showers, pools, or other public areas.
● Avoid sharing nail clippers and other devices with family members to avoid the spread of infection.
● Anti-fungal sprays and creams on your feet and in your footwear can help stop the spread.
● Always wear shoes that have a wide toebox and make sure your toes have enough room to move.
If you develop a case of toenail fungus, despite your best efforts, we suggest that you consult our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. 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!