Fungal Toenails

Toenail fungus is an unsightly nail condition that can have an impact on many people’s daily lives.

Although the symptoms tend to only be cosmetic in nature, the stigma of the condition can leave many second-guessing any situation where they may have to bare their feet in front of others.

Although a fungal toenail infection can cause drastic changes to the appearance of your nails, it is possible to get rid of it. We can help you attack the fungus and restore clearer, healthier nails.

What Are the Symptoms of Toenail Fungus?

The most visible symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • Discoloration of the nails, typically in hues of yellow, brown, or white
  • Thickening of the nails
  • Brittleness and crumbling
  • A jagged or misshapen appearance to the nails

In uncommon cases, you might also detect a faint foul odor.

When any of the above symptoms are apparent, however, it often means that the fungus has been invading the nail for some time.

The earliest signs tend to be much more subtle and may show as white spots or streaks upon the nail. It can be easy to assume these marks are from normal bumps and wear against the nail, but they will not go away and likely change shape over time.

If you suspect early signs of toenail fungus, do not hesitate to contact us about it! If it is a fungal infection and we begin treatment now, it will clear up much quicker and easier than it will at an advanced stage.

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How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus

At Advanced Ankle & Foot, we specialize in two professional approaches to fungal nail treatment: laser and topical medications. The goal of both treatments is to attack and eradicate the fungus that is living within the nail.

Laser treatment is often highly recommended for its convenience and ability to easily travel into the nail, hitting the fungus directly where it lives. It can do so without causing any pain, burning or damage to healthy tissue whatsoever.

Laser treatment for fungal nails typically requires several sessions scheduled over a span of weeks or months, depending on how widespread and severe the infection is. Each session is fast, usually lasting less than 30 minutes, and does not require you to prepare in any way beforehand. After each session is complete, you are free to continue with your day as normal, with no aftercare needed.

Topical medications are also made to attack nail fungus where it resides but may have a more challenging time reaching the fungus than with laser. When using topical anti-fungal medications, we may sometimes file the nail down to give the medicine a better chance of making direct contact with the fungus.

For some severe cases, we might recommend a combination of laser therapy and topical medication for best results.

The Sooner You Begin Treatment, The Better

Despite the course of treatment, it is important to note that, even when the fungus has been fully eliminated from the nails, the thick, brittle, discolored damage will remain until a clear new nail grows out to replace it.

New nail growth occurs slowly, so it can be months until you see full, natural results. If you have a future event you want to show off better-looking feet for, do not wait until just a few weeks before it happens. There is absolutely no better time to begin fungal nail treatment than as soon as possible.

Schedule an appointment with Advanced Ankle & Foot by calling (480) 962-4281 or by filling out our online contact form.