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Healthy Foot
The foot is an anatomical structure found in many vertebrates.
1. Keep your feet clean and dry
Healthy feet start with good hygiene. Thoroughly clean and scrub your feet with soap and water when you bathe. Afterward, dry them well. Fungal organisms love moisture, so depriving them of any wetness will make it more difficult for them to thrive. Be sure to dry well between each individual toe, says Dr. Kurtz. Any excess moisture between the toes can create a great environment for a fungal infection to begin.
2. Examine your feet for problems
Perform a foot self-exam once a week when you take a bath or shower, recommends Kurtz. As youre drying off your feet, take a good look on the soles for any scaling and between your toes for peeling areas. That could signal athletes foot. Also look for discoloration of the nails, which could indicate a nail fungus. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day since diabetes leads to higher risk of foot sores and infections.
3. Cut toenails properly
Cut nails straight across and avoid trimming too close to the skin or drastically rounding the corners of the nails, which can cause painful, ingrown toenails.
4. Dont hide ugly toenails with polish
A discolored, thick, cracked, or crumbling nail could signal a nail fungus. Applying nail polish to an infected nail could make the problem worse.
5. Protect your feet in public areas
Be sure to wear shower shoes at the gym, in locker rooms, and at public pools. These places tend to be breeding grounds for fungi that can lead to infections.


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