What Is Toenail Fungus?

Toenails that are discolored, thick, brittle, and possibly foul-smelling may indicate toenail fungus (onychomycosis). Other health conditions such as nail trauma, circulatory problems, eczema, and psoriasis can manifest with similar symptoms. Your Ryan Foot and Ankle Clinic podiatrist will examine your feet and determine if you have toenail fungus.

Adults with weakened immune systems, diabetes, or circulation problems tend to develop toenail fungus more than other people, but anyone can get this fungal infection. Damp environments such as public pools, showers and gyms are ideal for fungus. Prolonged sweaty feet and walking barefoot outside also make you susceptible to getting toenail fungus. The fungal infection can be passed among family members. You can develop nail fungus on your fingernails, however toenail fungus is more common due to less blood-flow in your toes and the warm, moist environment in your shoes. If the fungus affects the skin on your foot or between your toes, it is called athlete’s foot (tinea pedis).

How Is Toenail Fungus Treated?

If you think you have a fungal infection in your toenails, see your podiatrist at Ryan Foot and Ankle Clinics for an examination and treatment. For a diagnosis, small piece of the damaged toenail will be sent to the lab to diagnose fungal infection and rule out other infections. Toenail fungus can be treated with laser treatments, topical solutions and oral medication. Your doctor will discuss treatment options and ways to help prevent recurrence.

If you are suffering from unsightly toenail fungus, give us a call at one of our 5 local podiatry offices in Charlotte, Concord and Harrisburg today for more information or to schedule an appointment.