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How can using the right footwear help prevent toenail fungus?

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Fungus thrives when your feet are cooped up inside tight, hot shoes and socks. Make sure yours aren't too snug and that they give your feet room to breathe. Choose materials like leather for shoes. Look for socks made of a synthetic fiber that pulls moisture away from your feet better than cotton or wool. You’ll see this called wicking.

From: Toenail Fungus Prevention WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Caring for nail infections."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Toenail Fungus."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Fungus Infections: Preventing Recurrence."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

CDC: "Fungal Nail Infections," “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008.”

Cleveland Clinic: "Toenail Fungus."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency: "Don't Stand for Unsightly Toes."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Caring for nail infections."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Toenail Fungus."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Fungus Infections: Preventing Recurrence."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

CDC: "Fungal Nail Infections," “Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008.”

Cleveland Clinic: "Toenail Fungus."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency: "Don't Stand for Unsightly Toes."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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