Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a frustrating problem that affects many people. It can be persistent and hard to get rid of. As many different types of fungi are present throughout the environment, it is very easy to contract toenail fungus.  

The feet are especially susceptible to toenail fungus because shoes and socks create the ideal dark and moist environment that fungal infections thrive in. While fungal infections of the nail plate are quite common, if left untreated they can spread beyond the toenail and into the skin and other parts of the body.

Signs of toenail fungus include a thickened nail that has become yellow or brown in color, a foul smell, and debris beneath the nail. The toe may become painful due to the pressure of a thicker nail or the buildup of debris.

Treatment for toenail fungus is most effective during the early stages of an infection. If there is an accumulation of debris beneath the nail plate, an ingrown nail or a more serious infection can occur. While each treatment varies between patients, your podiatrist may prescribe you oral medications, topical liquids and creams, or laser therapy. To determine the best treatment process for you, be sure to visit your podiatrist at the first signs of toenail fungus.

You Might Also Enjoy...

How to Manage Your Blood Sugar for Healthier Feet

What does your blood sugar have to do with your feet? If you have diabetes, a lot. Glucose-damaged veins and arteries in your feet could lead to ulcers, neuropathy, and even gangrene and amputation. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

How to Prevent and Treat Shin Splints

If you have the throbbing ache at the front of your leg known as a shin splint, it can take you out of activity you love for days, weeks, or even months. Here’s how to prevent them — and help them heal quickly if they do develop.

How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot and Staph Infections

Athlete’s foot is not only (literally) irritating and uncomfortable in itself, the fungal infection also raises your risk for a more serious infection with the bacterium staphylococcus aureus. Both athlete’s foot and staph infections are preventable.

My Shoes Don't Fit. Are My Feet Changing?

Are your shoes suddenly pinching your toes? Do you have more room in your sneakers than you used to? You’re not crazy — your feet may actually be changing. Here’s what you should know about some of the natural transformations your feet go through.

How Is a Sprained Ankle Graded?

A sprained ankle can be painful and restricting, whether it's due to a sports injury, a severe collision, or a simple slip. Learn what you need to know about this common joint injury, including how it's evaluated for severity.