Complete Lower Extremity Healthcare

140 Traders Way
Pooler, GA   31322

(912) 330 - 8885



By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 08, 2018
Category: Toenail Fungus

At this time of the year your feet may not be out in the open and on display, but in a few short months, it will be time for open-toed shoes and sandals. Don’t let unsightly fungal toenails make you embarrassed to show your feet. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat many patients with this common infection.

Signs and Symptoms

At first, a fungal nail may not be an obvious cause for concern. You may not feel any pain or discomfort. Over time, you will notice the nail becoming darker and discolored. The nail may thicken and debris will collect under the nail plate. Often times, fungal nail infections will lead to a secondary bacterial or yeast infection which will be painful and cause the nail to emit a foul odor. Those who have an immune-deficiency condition or chronic diseases such as diabetes or circulatory problems are more susceptible to fungal nail infections, as are those with a history of athlete’s foot.

Avoiding Infection

Fortunately, there are steps you can take that will help prevent toenail fungus. These include:

  1. Keep feet dry. Change socks whenever you notice that they are damp.
  2. Use shower shoes in public places like community pools, nail salons, gyms and changing areas at the beach.
  3. Don’t wear socks, hosiery or shoes that are too tight.
  4. Apply a talcum-based foot powder each morning.
  5. Trim nails straight across and do not allow the nail to extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  6. Disinfect home pedicure tools and only use professional salons that follow proper sanitizing procedures for foot baths and tools or bring your own tools.

In addition, develop a good foot hygiene routine. Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap. Dry completely. Use this opportunity to inspect your feet and look for any signs of fungal nails or other abnormal changes in your feet, skin or nails. These should be reported to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, so he can evaluate them and determine if treatment is needed. Ask the foot doctor about other ways that you can be proactive in caring for your feet. Contact our Pooler, Georgia office at (912) 330–8885.



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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885