If your toenails are becoming thick and discolored, you could have a toenail fungus. At Orthopedic Associates: Foot & Ankle Specialists in Farmington, New Mexico, the skilled foot specialists offer evaluations for suspected toenail fungal infections. The physicians offer a variety of treatments to cure the infection and improve the health of your toenails. Don’t delay a diagnostic evaluation for toenail fungus. Call Orthopedic Associates: Foot & Ankle Specialists today or request an appointment online.
Toenail fungus is a condition that develops when a fungus enters your foot through a cut. In many cases, you can pick up an infection when you walk barefoot in public areas like a gym, locker room, shower, or public pool.
Your risk of developing recurrent toenail fungus infections increases if you tend to sweat excessively, causing your socks and shoes to stay damp, or even become moldy.
The first indication that you have toenail fungus is a noticeable discoloration of your nail. Typically, an infected nail becomes yellowed or appears darker in color.
Other common symptoms of toenail fungus include:
As the infection gets worse, you’ll notice your toenails becoming crumbly and deformed.
Treating toenail fungus generally involves oral or topical medications to clear the infection. In some cases, you’ll need to take oral antifungal medications to fight the infection and improve the health of your toenail. Topical medications can be applied directly to the nail to treat the infection.
In situations where toenail fungus isn’t easily treated with medications, your Orthopedic Associates: Foot & Ankle Specialists provider could recommend a procedure to remove part or all of the affected nail.
In addition to treating the existing infection, your specialist also provides resources to prevent further toenail fungal infections.
Proper foot hygiene is important in preventing toenail fungus and permanent toenail damage. You should wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly before wearing socks and shoes.
You also need to ensure you trim your nails properly, cutting straight across the nail and using a file to smooth the edges.
If you tend to sweat, choose shoes and socks that have good ventilation. It would also help if you changed your socks anytime they feel damp.
To avoid contact with the fungi that cause toenail infections, always wear protective shoes when in public places.
If you have discolored, thick nails, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for toenail fungus today. You can contact Orthopedic Associates: Foot & Ankle Specialists by phone or by using the online booking tool.