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Ways to Avoid Toenail Fungus Infections

Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

The toenails are easily ignored when thinking about basic healthcare, but there are many simple ways to keep them pain and problem free. Probably the two most common ailments are ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. An ingrown toenail is usually the result of the nail being cut incorrectly. It is suggested that cutting toenails straight across and not too short can prevent the nail from growing into the nail bed rather than over it. Fungal infections of the toenails can easily be spread in warm and moist areas, such as gym locker rooms and indoor swimming pools. Wearing protective foot coverings is a good way to prevent this annoying infection. Fungal toenail infections are extremely contagious, so it’s wise to keep from touching the infected area. If you have toenail fungal infections that recur, even after applying commercial anti-fungal remedies, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can prescribe more powerful medication. In addition, trying to fix an ingrown toenail can lead to a bacterial infection. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can safely deal with the problem. 

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM of Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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