The medical term known as onychomycosis is also referred to as toenail fungus. This condition may cause the toenails to become discolored and brittle, and may gradually separate from the nail bed. The reasons why this condition can develop may include having a medical condition that diminishes blood flow to the feet, or wearing shoes and socks that are too tight. Preventive measures may include wearing comfortable shoes and socks, and making sure pedicure tools are disinfected before being used. Additionally, it may be beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in public showers and pool areas, and this may limit this contagious fungus from spreading. Many patients find it beneficial to seek the services of a podiatrist who can properly trim the affected nail.
If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Carolina Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
- Warped or oddly shaped nails
- Yellowish nails
- Loose/separated nail
- Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
- Brittle, broken, thickened nail
If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.
In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.
In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Huntersville, Mooresville, and Mountain Island, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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