A Fungal Jungle

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Foot and toe fungus can be extremely inconvenient. Not only is it itchy but it can also be a cosmetic issue. Discolored toenails, patchy skin and rashes can be hard to cover in open-toed shoes and strappy sandals. The best way to fight fungus is to be proactive. Here are some of the best tips and tricks to keeping fungus at bay:

  • Regularly practice good hygiene. This doesn’t mean taking a shower every day. While a shower is helpful, keeping your feet clean requires scrubbing of the feet. Water that rinses down won’t always do the trick.
  • Take a peek at your feet. It is easy to forget our feet because they are often obscured by socks and shoes. Inspecting your feet can lead to early detection of foot fungus and other problems.
  • After cleaning your feet, it is important that you dry them thoroughly. Fungus likes to grow in damp places, and removing the moisture will ruin its chances of spreading.
  • When showering or using public areas, make sure to use shower shoes. Water shoes or flip-flops are often good choices for such an environment.
  • If your feet get wet or damp during the day, you should consider changing the socks you wear multiple times. This prevents the moisture from attracting and growing bacteria.
  • Clipping your toenails to keep them tidy? Be sure to cut them straight across. Nails that are not properly cut can begin to curl and cut into the skin of the toenail. This can lead to severe infections of the foot.
  • When buying shoes, make sure to grab a pair that breathes well and is made of material that will allow the release of water. Shoes that absorb water and hold it will only lead to a fungal problem.
  • Disinfect your foot-grooming tools regularly. Toenail clippers, files, and other items should be sanitized to kill any lingering bacteria.

It may seem hard to be proactive with nail fungus, but with a few simple lifestyle changes you will be on your way to better foot health. If you think you are suffering from fungal foot problems, then call us. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage your fungal nightmare. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.