Yeargain Foot & Ankle

Preventing and Treating Summer Toenail Problems with Yeargain Foot & Ankle

As summer arrives in Dallas, it’s time to switch from boots to sandals and enjoy the warm weather. However, this is also the season when toenail problems become more prevalent. At Yeargain Foot & Ankle, we understand how common toenail issues can disrupt your summer plans. Here’s a guide to help you prevent and treat the most common toenail problems so you can enjoy a healthy and active summer.

Common Toenail Issues in Summer

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections, or onychomycosis, are a frequent summer nuisance. Warm, moist environments like public pools, locker rooms, and even your sweaty shoes create the perfect breeding ground for fungi. Symptoms include discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of the nail.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and sometimes infection. Tight shoes, tight socks, improper nail trimming, and trauma to the toe are common culprits, and the increased activity and sandal wear in summer can exacerbate these issues.

Prevention Strategies

Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry

Maintaining good foot hygiene is your first line of defense against toenail problems. Wash your feet daily with soap and water, dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes, and change socks regularly to keep feet dry.

Wear Appropriate Footwear

Choose breathable shoes that fit well and avoid walking barefoot in public areas. When wearing sandals, make sure they provide enough support to prevent toe trauma.

Trim Nails Properly

Cut your toenails straight across and avoid rounding the corners. Also tell your pedicurist that! This helps prevent the nail from growing into the skin. If you’re unsure about the proper technique, our team at Yeargain Foot & Ankle can provide guidance.

Treatment Options

Fungal Infections

You can try applying topical antifungal nail medication to the nails daily and filing the nails weekly. If you are not seeing improvement within a few weeks, you should come to see us at Yeargain Foot & Ankle. Other popular at-home remedies that may show some improvement include white or apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil. Always seek an opinion from a medical professional before starting any of these treatments.

Unfortunately, topical treatment alone will only work about 15% of the time, so seeking a nail doctor for help is essential. If necessary, we can prescribe oral antifungal medication to clear the fungus from your body and help the nail grow free of infection. At YF&A, our toenail fungus doctor will order any necessary testing that might be required to confirm your diagnosis by performing a pain-free nail biopsy, and we carry a line of cosmetic dermatology products. These products are the best on the market for treating your nail fungus and getting you back to beautiful, clear feet that will be sandal-ready in no time.

Ingrown Toenails

At Yeargain Foot & Ankle, we provide safe and effective procedures to remove the ingrown portion of the nail and prevent future occurrences. We focus on a minimally invasive approach to retain as much nail as possible for our patients.

Yeargain Foot & Ankle: Your Partner in Foot Health

Preventing and treating toenail problems is crucial for maintaining foot health, especially in the summer. At Yeargain Foot & Ankle, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for all your foot and ankle needs. Our experienced team uses state-of-the-art technology and personalized treatment plans to ensure you receive the best care possible.

Don’t let toenail issues ruin your summer fun. Contact Yeargain Foot & Ankle today to schedule an appointment and keep your feet healthy all season long.

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Right Where You Work

If you work in Downtown Dallas you know the challenge of working a full day and then finding time for a podiatry appointment. That’s why we have two clinics located in the downtown area. Schedule your appointment and customized treatment plan right where you work. We will get you in, get you relief, and get you back to active living.

Yeargain Foot & Ankle

3801 Gaston Ave #330
Dallas, TX 75246
(972) 853-4886

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Oak Cliff/Methodist Hospital
1411 N Beckley Ave. Suite 456
Dallas, TX 75203
Pavilion III at Methodist Hospital
(972) 845-4970

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Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 9am – 5pm
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Serving Downtown Dallas Since 2014

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