Summer is the time to show off your feet, so it can be embarrassing and frustrating when you develop a fungal infection in your nails. Many people do not realize that they have foot fungus until it has spread and caused changes in the nails’ shape, thickness, and color.

Fungus thrives in warm, humid conditions, and can spread from the nails to the surrounding skin as well. Fungus can enter underneath the nail and cause brittleness, odor, and yellowing. In order to prevent further damage to your nails and to treat the infection, it is important to see a foot care specialist to assess your condition and recommend the best treatment. However, the easiest thing to do is to prevent nail fungus from developing in the first place.

Follow these simple tips for preventing nail fungus:

  1. Keep your feet clean and dry
  2. Trim your nails regularly and cut them straight across
  3. Prevent your shoes from spreading the infection by drying them out and alternating footwear
  4. Use antifungal sprays or powders in your shoes
  5. Wear footwear in public areas like swimming pools and shower rooms
  6. Wear footwear that is made of breathable material
  7. Change socks frequently. Wear ones that help wick away moisture

Especially in the hot summer months, it can be easy for fungal infections to spread. If you do notice any changes in your nails and suspect an infection, it is important to see a podiatrist who is experienced, board-certified, and trusted by many patients.

Dr. Russell Samofal of Podiatry Center of New Jersey is a foot care specialist who helps patients with all types of foot and ankle problems, including skin problems, sports injuries, heel pain, diabetic foot problems, as well as toe deformities. Dr. Samofal specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, so whether you need conservative treatment or surgery, he can help! For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit us online or call (973) 925-4111. Our office is conveniently located in Wayne, NJ and serves Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties.