Toenail fungus, or Onychomycosis, is characterized by a change in a toenail’s color and quality, which can be quite ugly. Thick, discolored, unsightly toenails are a common occurrence especially in areas where the weather is hot and humid. Fungus is a naturally occurring component on the skin and nails, especially in the foot, but should not be left untreated. Whether you are concerned the infections may spread or simply embarrassed by the way they look, you don’t have to hide your feet. Here at Cornerstone Foot & Ankle we have a successful treatment plan to get you back in your favorite pair of open-toed shoes.
A fungal nail infection occurs from the overgrowth of fungi in, under, or on the nail. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, so this type of environment can cause them to naturally overpopulate. If you have come in contact with someone else who has a fungal infection, it could spread to you.
A toenail infected with fungus may appear thickened, yellow, and brittle and may even have a foul smell. People with diabetes are especially prone to toenail fungus and should be treated as soon as possible to prevent severe infection.
Although there are many over the counter medications and even home remedies, these methods of treatment are usually unsuccessful. Over the counter medications only treat the surface of the nail, instead of the fungus underneath the nail bed. A podiatric physician can detect a fungal infection early, determine the cause, and form a suitable treatment plan. This may include prescribing topical or oral medication and removal of the infected nail. Podiatrists may also prescribe a topical treatment for onychomycosis, which can be an effective treatment for fungal nails. Laser treatment may also be available for certain types on fungal infections