Toenail fungus is a common foot condition. It affects people across the globe and can become more prevalent as the aging process continues. It is characterized by toenails that become yellowed and thick, and in severe cases, may crumble and fall off. It is caused by a fungus that invades the toenails, often starting with the big toe. This fungus lives in warm and moist areas, such as public swimming pools, shower room floors, and similar environments. Research has shown that toenail fungus will not disappear on its own, and measures are often implemented that can destroy the fungus. Oral medication may gradually cure the fungus but may have potential side effects. There are topical medicines available, but they may not work as effectively as other treatment methods. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose this condition, and discuss what the best treatment option is for you.
For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.