But how do we actually prevent it in the first place?
Unfortunately toenail fungus can not be prevented 100%. It is all around us. It loves us:
our skin and nails are its food
we keep our feet in dark places away from fungus damaging light
our feet can get damp- which also adds to the fungus loving environment
Now we dont help ourselves either.
6 ways we increase the risk:
our modern lives makes sure our feet are enclosed in socks and shoes (in some people this is required)
sometimes our hygiene is not the best
family history of biomechanics which allow our toes to hit the floor and to be traumatised
if we have reduced circulation
if we smoke
athletes foot infections
To reduce our risk of toenail fungus we must therefore reduce everything which we just listed right?
Here are 6 ways to reduce the risk of toenail fungus.
keeping our feet dry and "normal". We dont want our skin to be too dry and we dont want our skin to be too damp. The lovely inbetween is what we want. If it is safe to do so, dry off your feet from bathing and walk barefooted- or watch TV in a recliner for a bit.
nail polish and nail polish remover is a good way to cover up fungus, but they can also increase the risk- especially the remover which can damage that "shiny" part of the top of the nail. Sometimes heavy use of nail polish remover also leaves white flecks on he nail
Wear flipflops in public bathing spaces
Change footwear and socks frequently. We had a patient who worked in a factory and their feet were wet every evening. Not damp- like hardcore wet. We advised to take extra socks and shoes to work and allow the wet shoes and socks time to dry.
If you have a toenail fungus then buy 2 nail clippers. One for the fungus nail and one for the others. make sure other members of the household know about this and check their feet as well. Never use the affected clippers on your finger nails!
If you banged your toenail or damaged it then monitor it and then if you see some minor discolouration then get it checked out. It is very easy to get that nail treated early and have a much higher success rate then leaving it and the fungus overwhelms the nail.
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An article of research appeared the other day suggesting that cushioned (at the midfoot) running shoes could cause damage and injury in runners. They compared neutral shoes over padded midfoot running…