As the weather in Connecticut starts to warm up, we at Connecticut Foot Care Centers expect to start seeing more patients with fungal toenails. Patients may have a fungal toenail for a long time and not do anything about it because it may not cause any pain or discomfort. They are, however, unsightly. Fungal toenails are usually discolored, thick, brittle and crumbly at the edges. When it’s time for open-toed shoes and sandals, that’s when many patients decide to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will examine your toenails and determine the source of the problem. We offer the latest, cutting-edge laser treatment for fungal toenails which can quickly restore your nail to its natural beauty. To avoid fungal toenails in the future, follow these suggestions:
DO: practice good podiatric hygiene. Wash feet daily with soap and dry completely.
DO: keep toenails trimmed straight across and do not allow them to extend beyond the tip of your toe.
DON’T: go barefoot in public places such as pools, beach changing areas and rest rooms, gyms, nail salons or anyplace else where people may walk with bare feet. Use shower shoes or flip flops.
DON’T: wear shoes or socks that are too tight. Choose breathable materials and look for socks made of synthetic fibers that wick away moisture from your feet.
DO: check that your nail salon sanitizes whirlpool foot baths and all nail tools properly after each customer.
DON’T: share emery boards, nail clippers, socks, shoes, towels or any other items that touch another person’s foot or toe.
If you suspect you may have a fungal toenail infection, it’s important that you get it diagnosed and treated. Fungal infections can spread to other parts of your body and may also lead to secondary infections in the nail bed. Contact us today to make an appointment.