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Symptoms and Risks of Toenail Fungus

Fungal toenail infections, although not typically serious, can be quite persistent and challenging to treat. These infections often begin at the edge of the toenail, gradually spreading and causing the nail to become brittle, thickened, and discolored. You may notice your nails turning yellow or white, becoming crumbly, and even lifting off the nail bed, which can be accompanied by swelling and pain. Risk factors include consistently warm and damp feet, wearing tight or non-breathable shoes, and sharing personal items like nail clippers or towels. Untreated fungal toenails can lead to more serious health issues, and for severe or resistant fungal toenail infections, minor surgical procedures to remove the affected nail might be necessary. If you suspect a fungal toenail infection, especially if you have underlying health conditions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to begin a tailored treatment plan.

For more information about treatment, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS of Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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