What Causes Fungal Toenails And Treatment Options?
By American Foot & Ankle Specialists
June 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: toenail fungus  

Whether you live in a temperate climate where it is sandals and flip flops weather year round, or spend ten months out of the year looking forward to a short but blissful eight weeks of summer, nothing can kill warm weather fun faster than having to throw on a pair of toenail fungussocks and sneakers in 80 or 90 degree weather to hide discolored and deformed fungal toenails.

Treatment for Fungal Toenails in Sun City

Also known as onychomycosis and tinea unguium, nail fungus is incredibly common and affects almost everyone at some point. If you've ever had athlete's foot (tinea pedis), you've experienced the fungus, between the toes instead of under the toenails. Onychomycosis causes a range of symptoms, and mild cases may only cause slight discoloration that shows up as a yellow or white spot under the toenail. Milder cases with little to no symptoms may not require treatment, and certainly won't cause embarrassment over an exposed toe at a summer picnic or beach outing. But once they develop, fungal infections tend to spread and return, even after treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Fungus can cause the affected nails to thicken, become separated from the nail bed, become brittle and ragged, change colors (yellow, gray or brown), and can become painful.

Most cases can be treated conservatively through self care methods like therapeutic foot soaks and over the counter medication. If at home treatments don't work, or the infection is severe, a foot doctor may prescribe anti-fungal medication or apply laser treatments to kill the fungus under the nail and prevent it from spreading. Surgical treatment for toenail fungus is rare and usually reserved for extreme cases where the nail is causing considerable pain. Diabetic patients should seek treatment from a podiatrist at the first sign of any symptoms or infections anywhere on the feet or ankles.

Find a Podiatrist in Sun City

For more information on treatment for fungal toenails and other foot related problems, contact American Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sun City, AZ by calling (623) 977-8388 to request an appointment today.