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All About Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:00

If your toenails thicken, change shape, or become brittle or discolored, you may have nail fungus (onychomycosis). In some cases, the fungus will display as white patches or dots, or the infected parts of the nail will detach from the toe and become painful. The big toe is often the nail that becomes infected, and signs of infection typically occur at the tip, or sides, of the nail. Fungi called dermatophytes are the typical culprit, however an infection may also be caused by mold or yeast. Risk factors for toenail fungus include genetics, going barefoot in public swimming pools and locker rooms, wearing tight shoes, having athlete’s foot, damaged nails, circulation problems, a weakened immune system, or psoriasis. It takes a long time for toenail fungal infections to go away—particularly without the professional assistance of a podiatrist.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, and Orlando, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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