One of the most common diseases of the toenails is referred to as toenail fungus. The fungi will generally enter the skin through tiny cuts or small areas between the nail bed and the nail. The toenails provide a suitable environment for this fungus to thrive, and the result may be the formation of toenail fungus. There are several noticeable symptoms of this unattractive condition, and these may include the nail appearing thick, ragged, or distorted, in addition to spotting on the bottom of the nail, or separation of the nails from the nail bed. Research has shown there may be ways to prevent toenail fungus from occurring. Keeping the nails clean, short and dry, and wearing breathable socks, may aid in avoiding the onset of this condition. Additionally, it may be helpful to wear appropriate shoes in public areas, which may include swimming pools and locker rooms. This will help to prevent this contagious fungus from spreading. If you have symptoms of toenail fungus, it is suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can recommend the correct treatment.
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 Footcare 2 You, Inc. 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 one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Bloomfield, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.