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A fungal toenail infection is caused by microscopic fungi that love the warm and moist environment that is found inside your sneakers and shoes. When the fungi get under your toenails, it can cause them to become discolored, thick, and brittle, and a bad odor may be noticeable. Fungal toenails are caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot.
6 tips that can help you avoid getting toenail fungus:
- Cut your toenails properly—Try not to cut your nails too short and always trim them straight across. If you have trouble cutting your toenails, you can have it done at your podiatrist’s office and avoid hurting yourself.
- Keep your feet clean—Be sure to wash your feet daily and make certain that they are completely dry before wearing your socks and shoes.
- Wear breathable footwear and socks—Wear socks and shoes that are made of breathable materials like canvas or Gore-Tex. This will help wick away moisture that can provide an ideal environment for fungi to proliferate.
- Protect your feet—Whenever using public showers, around swimming pools, or in locker room areas, always wear sandals or shower shoes to minimize your contact with microorganisms.
- Antifungal creams and powders—Antifungal topicals can be used to kill the fungi and can be applied directly to your feet and the inside of your shoes.
- Avoid spreading—Don’t share nail clippers and other personal care devices or products with others to avoid cross-contamination and spreading of the fungal organisms.
If you are having problems with a fungal toenail infection, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
The condition of an ingrown toenail is also called onychocryptosis. An ingrown toenail can be a severely debilitating problem, especially when it occurs in multiple toes simultaneously on both feet which can cause a never-ending battle with painful swelling and infections.
It isn’t always obvious that an inward growing toenail is the cause of your pain and discomfort. Symptoms include swelling around the nail and minor bleeding. If you notice redness, yellowing, and a warm feeling in the skin around the toe, there may be an infection that needs to be treated right away to avoid more serious complications including possible amputation.
The causes of ingrown toenails often include the following:
- Proper nail cutting technique—The main cause of a toenail growing into your skin is from improper cutting technique. Be sure to cut straight across and not too short so the nail edge remains away from your tender skin.
- Injury—When your toe experiences trauma such as by dropping a heavy object on it, it can cause the nail to grow into your skin.
- Poorly-fitting shoes—Narrow toe boxes can increase the pressure on the toes causing this condition and a variety of others including bunions and hammertoes.
- Fungal toenails—This infection can cause a nail to become enlarged and brittle and make it more likely to grow into the skin.
Treating ingrown toenails involves the following:
For the less severe type of ingrown toenails, warm water soaks and antibacterial medications may be enough to correct the issue. Inserting a small piece of cotton under the edge of the nail can help to prop it up and allow the nail to grow correctly. For severely infected or painful ingrown toenails, your podiatrist can often perform an outpatient procedure involving the numbing of the toe and removal of the ingrown piece of nail.
If you are currently experiencing problems with ingrown toenails, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!