Toenail Fungus usually begins as a small brittle appearance at the corner of a toenail and then develops into a fungal infection that’s unsightly because it changes in color. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can help provide you with superior treatment for this condition. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about toenail fungus. Also, visit the Patient Education section of our website which will help to illustrate this process and describe what you can do prevent this condition and many others from forming.
Fungal toenails result from fungi that prosper in warm and damp settings such as public pools or showers, gym locker rooms or saunas. Once this fungus gets below the nail, it can grow and damage the tissue under the nail. Damage is seen as thickening, collapsing, instability, and an odor from the toenail. If this condition is not treated early on, it can spread to other nails and will be more difficult to destroy.
To reduce the chances of this condition from happening, it would be best to reduce the warm and damp conditions that allow this fungus to breed by utilizing proper shoes or medications that reduce sweating. Anti-fungal creams can also be used to destroy the fungus in your shoes. Another great form of treatment is through laser technology that uses fixated light beams to isolate the fungi under the nail and destroy them by having light pass through the nail and directly to the source of the infection. This form of treatment is helpful since topical medicated creams may not readily be able to reach fungi under the nail bed. When these treatments are still not effective, surgery may be required to remove the damaged nail and directly treat the infected tissue so that a new and healthy nail can grow as the infected nail is no longer an issue. Accordingly, please contact us today to get treatment early on and prevent your toenail fungus from becoming foul!