With warmer weather coming our way, we all want our feet to be sandal ready. A pedicure may be a great way to treat your feet, but it is also important to take extra precautions to prevent stubborn and unsightly conditions like fungal nails or athlete’s foot. Fungal infections, which also include yeast infections and ringworm, can appear in the toenails, between the toes, and even on the bottoms of your feet. Fungus thrives in moist, warm environments, which is why it is commonly seen in athletes who utilize and share locker rooms, showering areas, and sweat.
Follow these tips to keep fungal infections away:
- Keep your feet clean, especially between your toes. Dry them thoroughly after washing.
- Trim toenails correctly by cutting them straight across.
- Keep your feet as dry as possible. Powders can help prevent moisture.
- Change socks often, especially after sweating.
- Wear shoes or flip-flops in public areas like pools, showers, and locker rooms.
- Always use your own towels and personal care products.
- Wear properly-fitting shoes that have good air circulation.
Sometimes even after taking precautions, infections can spread. If you notice a skin abnormality or suspect a fungal infection on your feet, please consult with an experienced podiatrist like Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico at Syracuse Podiatry. Located in Central New York, Syracuse Podiatry provides quality foot and ankle care to patients with a wide range of conditions including bunions, hammertoes, pediatric foot problems, injuries, and diabetic foot problems. Dr. D’Amico is board-certified and specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery so no matter how severe your condition, you are in great hands. To schedule an appointment, please contact us or call our Fayetteville office at (315) 446-3668! You can also explore our education library to find out more information about common podiatric issues.