It’s natural to feel overwhelmed during the holiday season. There is so much to do—shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, traveling—and this is all on top of the day-to-day things that still need to be done, because the world doesn’t stop this time of year. With so much on your plate, it is easy to forget about your feet and toes, but no one wants to end up with toenail fungus. It is important to remain vigilant against this unwanted condition, even during the holidays!
The good news is that you can take charge and adopt measures to promote healthy nails and keep fungal toenails at bay. Here are some tips that are easy, yet quite effective:
Thoroughly wash and dry your feet before going to bed. Use soap and water, then rinse and dry them completely.
If your socks become damp—especially from snow that gets into your shoes during these winter months—replace them with a dry pair as soon as you are able to do so.
If you are going to the gym or a fitness center to try and ward off holiday weight gain, wear sandals or shower shoes in the locker room. Make sure they dry between uses.
Choose socks that wick away moisture, like those made from nylon, wool, and polypropylene. When purchasing new pairs, be sure to check the materials they are made from.
Use antifungal sprays or powders on your feet and inside your shoes.
Make an appointment with Mark Gasparini, D.P.M.
Fungal toenails are unsightly and unpleasant, no matter what time of year. If you are bound for warmer climates this upcoming Spring Break, you don’t want toenail fungus to put a damper on your vacation, so staying on top of this now will definitely pay off for you.
We hope that you have a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season, but if you experience any foot or ankle problems, call our Massapequa, NY, office by calling (516) 804-9038. We will set up an appointment so you can get back on your feet in no time!
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