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Toenail Fungus

Podiatry & Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgery located in Worcester & Webster, MA

Podiatry & Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgery located in Worcester & Webster, MA

If you go barefoot, your risk of developing toenail fungus infections increases. At Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery, the experienced podiatrists provide comprehensive care for toenail fungus to preserve the health of your nails. At the offices in Webster and Worcester, Massachusetts, the providers offer medications to treat your infection and foot care tips to reduce your risk of developing additional infections. Call the Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery office nearest you to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book a consultation online today.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is a condition that develops when fungi enter your body through cracks in your nails. You can get a fungal infection in just one nail or multiple nails at the same time.

The infection starts as a yellow or white spot under the tip of your toenail. As the fungus grows, your entire nail can become thick and discolored. In some cases, your nail might also begin crumbling at the edges.

If you notice your symptoms are getting worse, it’s vital that you schedule a consultation with the podiatrists at Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery. 

The team will evaluate your symptoms and customize a treatment plan to heal the infection. They focus on reducing your risk for permanent nail damage and spreading the infection to other areas of your body.

What are the risk factors for toenail fungus?

You can develop toenail fungus at any age; however, the condition is more common in older people, especially those with brittle nails.

You might also be at increased risk for fungal infections in your toenails if you have:

  • Diabetes
  • Nail injuries
  • Persistent sweating
  • Weakened immune system
  • History of recurrent athlete’s foot
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis

The providers at Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery can treat active infections and help you become more proactive about your foot hygiene and nail grooming habits.

How is toenail fungus treated?

Before recommending treatment for toenail fungus, your provider at Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery might take a sample of your nail for further testing. This can help determine the type of fungus you have so that they can tailor treatment to your needs.

Typically, you’ll use oral or topical antifungal medicines to clear the infection. You might need the medication for an extended period (typically up to 12 weeks).

As the medication begins working, you should notice a gradual improvement in the appearance and health of your toenail.

After your treatment, it’s important you wear shoes when walking in public spaces, including gym lockers, showers, and swimming pools. You should also ensure your feet are clean and dry throughout the day to prevent a recurrence of toenail fungus infections.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for toenail fungus, call the Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery office nearest you or book a consultation online today.