Toenail Fungus is an unappealing foot condition that causes the nail to become dense, yellow and brittle. If this condition goes untreated for a lengthy amount of time, the brittleness of the toenail will advance and cause it to crumble further. One factor that contributes to the creation of this condition is using antibiotics when they’re not required since they can cause the lining of the stomach to become damaged, creating a thriving environment for fungi to grow and cause infections. Since toenails infected with fungus are thick, topical medicated creams do not pierce through the nail in a sufficient manner to touch the fungus. It is therefore important that you obtain the correct treatment accordingly.
Treatment for this condition involves:
· Trimming toenails to reduce the number of fungi in them.
· Medications, although they may not be as useful if the fungal infection has spread to deep under the toenail.
· Surgical procedures to remove the entire nail. The recovery period can take up to a year for the fungus to be completely eliminated since it can take this long for the new nail to grow back into place.
This condition, as discussed above, is not a pretty sight to behold. It can be painful and cause complications. Due to the location of this fungus underneath the toenail, we recommend that you contact us in the early stages of this condition so that the fungus can be treated before it develops into advanced stages and spreads to other parts of the foot. Therefore, please contact us at your earliest convenience to obtain a quality treatment plan here at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, located in our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations. Come see how our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, can provide effective results with the objective of eliminating the fungal infection underneath your toenails. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 and don’t hesitate to check out our Patient Education section to learn valuable information about many other types of foot and ankle conditions.