When the Austin Parks Foundation sponsored the annual “It’s My Park Day” back in March, volunteers from the Hyde Park neighborhood came together to clean Shipe Park. They rolled up their sleeves and went to work removing invasive plants, aerating the soil, adding mulch around the trees, and simply making the park a beautiful place to visit. Friends of Shipe Park organized the event, and their efforts are certainly appreciated by community members!
In a similar way, there are things you can to maintain healthy and nice-looking toenails. Sure, you can always come see us for treatment after a fungal infection has set in, but we are inclined to think that you would rather avoid it in the first place. Consider using the following fungal toenail prevention tips to reduce your risk of unsightly, discolored nails:
- Practice daily foot hygiene. Washing your feet every day with mild soap and warm water can eliminate the offensive fungus and lower your infection risk.
- Keep your feet dry. Microorganisms, like toenail fungus, can survive without sunlight, but they do need moisture to survive. Wet, damp feet can be a breeding ground for potential contaminants, so make sure that your feet—especially between the toes—are completely dry before putting on your socks after showering or bathing. Further, be sure to change your socks (and shoes) if they become wet or damp.
- Protect your feet in common areas. Fungus thrives in damp areas, so many cases are contracted from gym locker room and showering area floors or indoor pool decks. If you are walking in these kinds of places, be sure to protect your feet by wearing clean sandals or shower shoes.
- Treat your shoes. Spraying your shoes with an antifungal product can lower your risk of infection by eliminating any fungus that is residing inside.
- Trim your toenails properly. When toenails are trimmed too short or rounded off, it increases the risk of an ingrown nail. In turn, this increases the risk of a fungal infection, so always trim your nails straight across and even with the toe’s edge.
These tips to prevent nail fungus are a great place to start, but it is also important to know that Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists has state-of-the-art treatment for existing cases of fungal toenails. Our laser nail therapy is effective and safe and can provide optimal results when toenail fungus strikes. Call us at (512) 328-8900 for more information or schedule an appointment online today if you require fungal nail treatment services.