Gary Evans, D.P.M, F.A.C.F.A.S

James Korponay, D.P.M, F.A.C.F.A.S

Experienced Podiatric Care in New York City and Whitestone, New York

New York City, NY Podiatric Office (212) 279-0086

Whitestone, NY Podiatric Office (718) 767-2828

How To Prevent Toenail Fungus

Most people think they will never get toenail fungus, but toenail fungus can be fairly common, especially in the summer months when people walk barefoot the most. 

The first signs of a toenail fungus infection include a white or yellow spot under the tip of the nail. As the infection goes untreated, the nail will begin to lose its color, thicken, become unshapely, and crumble at the edges. It’s possible for the fungus to spread to other toes, and even affect the skin around the nail. So it’s best to treat the infected nail(s) as soon as possible. 

Not to worry though! There are many different ways to prevent toenail fungus, and we’ve put together a list of the most helpful tips below:

Make sure to keep your feet dry

The best way to prevent toenail fungus is to keep your feet nice and dry—especially in between the toes. The fungus that causes toenail fungus thrives in a warm, moist environment. So make sure to wear socks that provide moisture wicking to keep your feet dry. Wear shoes that have breathable fabric or soles.

USe Antifungals (if needed)

Prevention is key when it comes to toenail fungus. By using an antifungal powder or cream, you could not only prevent getting toenail fungus, but keep your feet dry and smelling great! If you suspect that you already have toenail fungus, using an antifungal product could help you stop the infection from spreading to your skin or other toes. 

Try not to walk barefoot

Walking barefoot should be avoided at all costs, especially in public facilities. Fungus thrives in warm, wet environments like locker rooms or pools. Walking barefoot could mean picking up the fungus through broken skin or cracked nails, so ensure you wear shower shoes or flip flops to prevent infection.

Preventing toenail fungus can be done by following just a few, simple steps. If you currently have toenail fungus or aren’t sure, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today to learn about your treatment options.

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