We treat many patients who come to us with discolored, thickened, and crumbling nails from a toenail fungus infection that has taken over. This common foot problem can become unsightly and difficult to treat in the later stages, making it very important to do what you can to prevent it from the start.
Prevention only takes a little time and effort, and it will pay off when it comes to the health of your toenails. The fungus that leads to this infection is most often found in warm, moist environments, so always wear shoes in public areas such as showers, locker rooms and pools. Keep your feet clean and dry whenever possible and your toenails nicely trimmed. Don’t pick at the skin around your nails, because a minor opening or injury becomes vulnerable to infection. Wearing socks with a synthetic fabric to wick away moisture will help remove dampness from your feet that would invite such an infection to grow.
If you see a small spot on your nail, it could be the beginning of toenail fungus. Be proactive and call Dr. Evan Merrill for treatment. You can reach Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle in Medford, OR at (541) 776-3338.