It lurks in warm, damp places and can go undetected for months. No, we are not talking about the main character in the latest zombie movie – we are talking about toenail fungus! This nail infection is not something to take lightly and unless you want to deal with a chronic problem that leaves your nails discolored, thickened and possibly foul-smelling, keep reading for ways to avoid it!
At Dallas Podiatry Works, fungal nail infections are commonly seen. While we have the latest, state-of-the-art treatments to help our patients, we want to encourage you that there are many ways you can prevent it from happening in the first place, or from recurring if it has attacked your nails already.
One of the first lines of defense is to properly care for your nails. Keep your toenails trimmed straight across, short and clean. Avoid picking at the skin around your nails as this could leave an area prone to infection. The bacteria and fungi that lead to fungal infections thrive in warm, damp places, making your shoes a prime breeding ground. Be proactive by wearing socks that have moisture-wicking properties, and change them if your feet tend to sweat during the day. Use an antifungal powder or spray on your feet and inside your shoes and if you need to walk around a public area such as a pool, shower or locker room, avoid going barefoot.
The last thing you can do is look at your feet – often! This type of infection can start as a small dot on a nail and grow unnoticed for a long time until aggressive treatment is the only option to get rid of it. Take action as soon as you notice any symptoms. If you need treatment for a toenail problem, please contact us today. Drs. Joel Brook, Arroyo, and McClurkin can get you on the path to healthy nails right away. Make an appointment by calling our office in Dallas, TX at 972.853.7100 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.
We would also love to send you a copy of Dr. Brook’s book, The End of Your Ugly Toenails – A Guide to Understanding Fungal Nails at NO COST to you! Simply visit our homepage and click on the book image.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.
Dallas Office: 12221 Merit Drive, Suite 280, Dallas, TX 75251
Plano Office: 5068 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 155, Plano, TX 75093