Fungal Toenails Specialist

Boca Raton Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Boca Raton, FL

Don’t be embarrassed to show your feet when the experienced podiatrists of Boca Raton Podiatry can provide successful solutions for toenail fungus. Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, and Jennifer Kazamias, DPM, can successfully treat toenail fungus in-office with a range of treatments from medications to lifestyle changes. Get rid of your toenail fungus and resolve your cosmetic and functional foot concerns at Boca Raton Podiatry. Call the Boca Raton, Florida, office or click to schedule online today.

Fungal Toenails

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus refers to a fungal infection that begins as a white or yellow spot at the end of the nail plate. The fungus can cause your nail to thicken, become discolored, and crumble at the edges as the infection progresses.

Several nails can be simultaneously affected. Fungal toenails aren’t contagious between people, but the infection can spread between your toes.

Most fungal nails don’t have any symptoms, but for some people, they can be an aesthetic problem or become painful. The fungus can also infect the skin of your feet and other areas between your toes (athlete’s foot).

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

You might have toenail fungus if one or more of your toenails is:

  • Discolored — yellow, brown, or white
  • Thickened
  • Brittle and crumbling
  • Distorted

The nail might also release a foul odor.

What causes toenail fungus?

Not all thickened, deformed, or discolored nails are the result of fungus infections; some can be due to circulatory problems, trauma, birth defects, the use of certain drugs, and other conditions involving a high fever.

Fungal nail infections are caused by a number of fungal organisms or fungi. Certain factors that can lead to a fungal infection include:

  • Mold and yeast
  • Reduced blood circulation to the feet
  • Weakened immune system
  • Heavy sweating
  • Aging
  • History of athlete’s foot
  • Walking barefoot in communal areas like swimming pools
  • Psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • A minor skin or nail injury
  • Diabetes

Fungus thrives in areas that can become moist, such as in your shoes.

How is toenail fungus treated?

Your podiatrist begins by examining your toenail and typically obtains a fungal culture test to make sure it’s a fungus. Your podiatrist takes time to devise a personalized treatment plan and recommend appropriate treatments, such as:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter antifungal topical medications
  • Surgical removal of the nail plate and fungus
  • Trimming and thinning the nails
  • Laser fungal therapy
  • Long-term oral medications
  • Medicated nail polish
  • Self-care instructions

Your podiatrist might also recommend certain healthy lifestyle changes, such as nutrition to enhance your general wellness and strengthen your immune system, making you less likely to get a fungal infection.

Fungal nail infections can be difficult to treat. Your podiatrist can help you determine the best treatments to suit your individual needs, preferences, concerns, and foot health. If a fungal infection isn’t treated properly it can lead to a potentially dangerous blood infection like cellulitis.

If you’re concerned about toenail fungus and you’re tired of hiding your infected nail, visit Boca Raton Podiatry for top quality care. Call or click to book online.