Toenail fungus can be an unsightly and a potentially serious condition if left untreated. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Moreover, please review our Patient Education section to learn more about this condition if you should have any further concerns after reviewing the information below.
Fungal Toenails are a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older. This condition can start as athlete’s foot and eventually make it under the nail where it develops and causes changes to the nail. These changes can be seen as the nail turns yellow, thickens and becomes deformed. Fungus tends to thrive in warm and damp areas and can attack the toenails by way of small cuts nearby the nail.
This condition may not be painful at first; however, can cause complications if left untreated and allowed to spread, which eventually causes significant pain. If the infection becomes painful, it may become hard to wear shoes due to the deformity it may cause. Factors that can increase the chances of having this condition include:
- Diabetes which can damage the toenail and thereby cause an increased risk of infection
- Increased age
- Walking barefoot in public pools or locker rooms
Preventative measures include:
- Using proper footwear with wide toe boxes (not older shoes that can contain fungal spores), socks allowing the foot to stay cool.
- Refraining from using the same nail clippers for nails that have become infected with healthy ones.
- Use of antifungal pills or nail polish.
Treatment may include surgical methods via removing the infected nail which allows for the fungal infection to be healed and avoids the distorted nail from returning. So, please contact us so that we can help with your toenail fungus today!