In order to ensure your feet are ready for the summer, the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois are giving you tips to keep toenail fungus at bay, ensuring you have healthy feet this summer.
- Keep toenails trimmed. Not only should you regularly trim your toenails, but be sure to cut them with clean nail clippers. When cutting toenails, be sure to cut them straight across, using a nail file to file away any sharp edges.
- Wear footwear that allows your feet to breathe. During the summer months, feet tend to sweat more, so the more air that can circulate around your feet, the drier and less susceptible to toenail fungus they are. By wearing shoes made of a breathable materials such as leather or canvas, the better your feet can breathe.
- Wear shoes that fit. Your toenails should not be touching the tops your shoes, nor should your shoes be too big. By wearing shoes with a wider toe box, you can ensure your toes will not be cramped.
- Do not go barefoot in public places. From locker rooms and showers, to public pools and shoe stores, be sure to avoid going barefoot in areas that are likely loaded with fungi by wearing sandals, flip flops, or socks.
- Keep your feet clean. Be sure to wash your feet every day, completely drying them after, ensuring there is no moisture between your toes. Also, be sure to wear clean shoes and socks.
- Disinfect your shoes. Anti-fungal powders can be beneficial in keeping fungi away. Simply by sprinkling the anti-fungal powder inside your socks and shoes before each wear, can prevent the growth of fungi spores, especially during the hot weather months.
If you are concerned with your toenail fungus and would like more information on how we can help you have summer ready feet, contact the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today!