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Toenail Fungus Specialist

South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Royal Palm Beach, FL & Lake Worth, FL

Toenail fungus is a common condition that can cause unsightly damage to your nail. If you’re struggling with toenail fungus, the team of highly skilled podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers can determine the right treatment for you. Located in Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and Belle Glade, Florida, the practice specializes in high-quality foot and ankle care. To schedule your appointment, call one of the offices or book online today.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is a type of fungal infection that invades the bed of your nail. Toenail fungus spreads easily and is usually difficult to treat on your own. At-home treatments offer short-term relief, but many people find that the fungus soon returns. 

Although most toenail fungus is mild, severe cases can cause pain and permanent damage to your nail.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus typically starts as a small white or yellow spot that eventually causes discoloration to your entire nail. Although toenail fungus may appear on one of your toes, it easily spreads, ultimately affecting multiple toes.

In addition to discoloration, symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • Thickened or hardened nails
  • Brittle or crumbly nails
  • Foul smell

Toenail fungus can also cause your nails to distort and develop an abnormal shape. In some cases, severe toenail fungus is painful and can lead to other problems like infection. 

How do you get toenail fungus?

A fungus that infects your toenail thrives in warm, humid environments. You can easily contract toenail fungus by walking barefoot in public pools, gyms, and bathrooms. 

Age and underlying conditions like diabetes can decrease blood flow in your feet, increasing your risk of developing toenail fungus. 

How is toenail fungus diagnosed?

Before receiving treatment, your podiatrist examines your nail to confirm your toenail fungus and determine the severity of your condition. Other conditions such as psoriasis and different types of infections can mimic the symptoms of toenail fungus, so an accurate diagnosis is essential. 

In some cases, your doctor may take samples from your nail for lab testing to determine the type of fungus infecting your nail.

What treatments are available for toenail fungus?

Traditionally, toenail fungus is a challenging condition to overcome. It is typically resistant to topical creams and oral medications and often returns even after seemingly successful treatment. Topical treatments can sometimes take up to a year to show noticeable results. 

At South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers, the team offers effective treatment using antifungal toenail polish and laser nail treatment. Laser treatment is a highly effective option because, unlike other oral and topical treatments, the laser reaches the fungus trapped underneath the toenail. 

Laser toenail fungus treatment is an in-office procedure that’s painless and doesn’t require any downtime. 

To speak with a podiatrist about your treatment options, schedule your appointment by phone or book online today.