Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Fungus11/15/12
(HealthDay News) -- Your feet, particularly your toenails and in
between the toes, are prone to fungal infection, often referred to
as athlete's foot. This can lead to itchy toes and thick, brittle
and discolored nails.
The American Podiatric Medical Association says you can help
prevent fungal infections of the feet by:
- Carefully and frequently washing the feet, making sure to
thoroughly dry them.
- If walking in public showers or locker rooms, wearing flip
flops or shower shoes.
- Changing pantyhose, shoes and socks more than once daily.
- Cutting toenails in a straight line, short enough that the nail
doesn't grow beyond the toe.
- Making sure that shoes and hosiery aren't too tight.
- Wearing socks of synthetic material and shoes of breathable
- Disinfecting any nail clippers and pedicure tools after use.
Also, avoid polishing toenails that appear to have a fungal
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