Spring has sprung and that means… sandals!! Most everyone loves shedding those heavy socks and shoes when the weather warms up, and slipping into some skin bearing shoes is close behind. But for every person in love with spring and sprinting to the nearest pair of sandals, there’s just as many people getting pangs of nervousness at the idea of taking off those shoes and socks. Why? They’re embarrassed of their toenails. Over the fall and winter, people can often fall prey to toenail fungus, leaving them with yellow, thick, crumbling nails that they’d never dare to show in public. Luckily for those people, Dr. Anthony Weinert DPM is able to address toenail fungus issues and clear them up in time for you to take advantage of sandal weather.
Fungal nails refers to any number of fungal nail infections that can occur on the foot. Your nails can turn all yellow and thick as a result of fungus. The fungus gets inside of your nails and attacks them turning them yellow and sometimes black. As we start to get a little older, our immune system doesn’t work as well. Fungus takes advantage of the situation and attacks your nails at their weakest moment. Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete’s Foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for tenacious fungal nails.
How Could I Have Prevented This?
After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, take steps to prevent the infection from recurring. Keeping fungi at bay will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, examine and thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a nonprescription antifungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.
Other suggestions for preventing fungal nails include:
Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others.
Don’t share shoes or socks with others.
Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
Wear dry cotton socks and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.
Follow basic foot care guidelines and, more than likely, you can head off most common foot fungus problems and keep your nails and skin looking their best. However, if you’ve already noticed a problem, contact Dr. Weinert to have it properly evaluated. Dr. Weinert has two convenient locations in Troy at 248-362-3338 or his Warren office at 586-751-3338. You can also get more information on his website at www.stopfeetpainfast.com, where you can also request a copy of hisFREE book Stop Feet Pain Fast.