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Sunday, 10 July 2022 16:24

How Do I Prevent Toenail Problems?


Your toenails can tell you a lot about your health, which is why our podiatrists always recommend paying close attention to any changes to your nails. Whether you notice a change in texture, color, smell, or thickness, it could point to a bigger problem that requires treatment.

At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio, one of the most common nail issues our foot doctors treat are fungal toenails and ingrown toenails. Treatment for these conditions are especially important for those who have preexisting health issues like diabetes

Fungal nails

  • An infection that is caused by a fungus that grows on or under the nail. 
  • Symptoms include nails that are brittle, thick, discolored, or have an odor.
  • Can spread if not treated.
  • Typically treated with antifungal creams, ointments, medicated polish, and/or laser therapy.

Ingrown toenails

  • The nail grows into the adjacent fleshy part, causing pain, bleeding, and swelling.
  • Commonly seen in the big toenail.
  • Often caused by improper nail trimming.
  • Treatments include partial or complete surgical removal of the affected nail, and/or antibiotics to treat infections.

These common problems can be prevented by following these tips:

  1. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily with warm soap. Dry your feet completely, including the area between your toes. 
  2. Always cut your toenails straight across. Don’t round the edges.
  3. Do not share nail clippers or other tools.
  4. Wear moisture-wicking socks and shoes.
  5. Look over your feet everyday for injuries or changes to nails or skin.
  6. Avoid tight shoes, especially in the toe box area.
  7. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist regularly.

Have nail issues?

While some nail issues do not seem to require a visit to a foot doctor, we encourage you to come in for any nail issues so you can get the most effective and fast-acting treatments. Our team of foot doctors have the tools and expertise to get you back on your feet, and can provide specialized treatments and preventative care if you have underlying health issues. 

Have toenail concerns, diabetes-related issues, or painful bunions or sports injuries? Get the help you deserve by coming to Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central OhioContact any of our locations in Gahanna, Newark, or Columbus, OH to set up your appointment today!

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