Toenail Fungus Prevention Tips – From Leading Oceanside, CA, Podiatrist

We don’t want your toe fungus to come back. Here are a few tips to help ensure that your feet stay fungus-free!

Your Old Shoes:

If you have old shoes you’ve been wearing a while, it’s probably best to just get rid of them and buy some new shoes to replace them. You may want to get an open-toed pair of shoes to alternate with a roomy pair of athletic shoes. Having shoes with plenty of room near the toes, made of a breathable material, helps ensure that your toes aren’t crammed in where they might get damp or moist.

If you have some newer shoes you don’t want to replace, you should probably spray the insides with some Lysol, put them in a plastic bag, tie it shut, and let them sit overnight. After that, use some anti-fungal spray in them on a fairly regular basis. You might also want to change out the insoles at least.

Your Old Socks:

Again, it’s probably best to throw out the ones you have and buy new socks. If you want to keep your old socks, at least be sure to wash them in really hot water. (You may even want to boil them.) It’s best to avoid wool socks and cotton socks and tight hosiery, since they tend to absorb moisture. Synthetic socks are your best option for maintaining dry feet.

Better Foot Hygiene:

— The obvious stuff: Wash your feet every day with soap and water, then dry them thoroughly, including between the toes.

— Keep your toenails short, trimmed straight across (do not curve the nail corners). You may also want to sterilize your nail clippers you’ve been using.

— Use an anti-fungal spray or powder in your shoes and an anti-perspirant spray (or drying spray) on your feet to avoid excess sweat or moisture.

— Put your shoes in a ventilated area where they can dry out. Sports shoes stored in a locker cannot dry. And if possible, change your shoes, socks, and hosiery more than once each day.

— Wear flip-flops or some form of shoes in public pools, showers, and locker rooms. Never walk barefoot on a potentially contaminated floor.

— Wash your shower with bleach weekly and frequently wash your shower mat in hot water.

— Choose a manicurist and pedicurist with meticulous sanitization procedures, and only agree to a nail treatment if they are going to use completely fresh water and sterile instruments.

Take care of your feet. Keep them clean, keep them dry. We’re destroying any fungus under your nails, so be sure to follow the tips above to help prevent a recurrence. A few simple actions and a few simple new habits like these can greatly improve your chances of remaining fungus-free for life!