Fungus Toenails Specialist

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists & Podiatrists located in Parker, CO

About 20% of the general population has toenail fungus at any given time. Though common, without prompt treatment, toenail fungus can cause you pain or result in an infection. At Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine in Parker, Colorado, podiatrists Kevin Blue, DPM, FACFAS, Ryan Muchowski, DPM, and the team provide safe, effective treatment for toenail fungus. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Fungus Toenails Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungal infection of your toenails and surrounding tissues. The condition affects people of all ages, but it’s especially common in adults over the age of 60. 

For most people, toenail fungus is only a cosmetic concern. However, if you have diabetes or another chronic condition that affects your circulation, you’re more likely to experience serious complications.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

The symptoms of toenail fungus vary from person to person. Telltale signs include:

  • Thick nails
  • White or yellow discoloration
  • Brittle, crumbling, or ragged nails
  • Distorted or warped nails

As the condition progresses, you might also notice a foul odor coming from your toenails.

Is there any way to prevent toenail fungus?

There’s no way to prevent toenail fungus entirely, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk significantly. Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine recommends:

  • Washing your feet regularly
  • Trimming your nails straight across and filing down the edges
  • Wearing shoes made of breathable materials
  • Wearing shoes in locker rooms or pool areas
  • Giving up nail polish and artificial nails

You should also take the time to dry your feet and the areas between your toes thoroughly after taking a shower or going swimming.

How is toenail fungus diagnosed?

To diagnose toenail fungus, your physician carefully examines your nails. Afterward, they take clippings of your nails and scrape debris from underneath them. They send these samples to a laboratory that determines the type of fungus causing your infection.

Other conditions like psoriasis can mimic the symptoms of toenail fungus. Bacteria and yeast can also infect your nails. Pinpointing the source of your symptoms plays an important role in developing a custom treatment plan.

How is toenail fungus treated?

Treatment of toenail fungus depends on the severity of your symptoms and the type of fungus causing it. Usually, Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine recommends conservative, noninvasive treatments like taking prescription medications. There are several types of medication used to treat toenail fungus, including oral antifungals, medicated nail polish, and prescription nail creams.

If your nails don’t respond to these types of treatment, surgical intervention may be necessary. Your physician might recommend removing the affected nail or nails and applying an antifungal drug directly to your skin beneath the nail. They might also recommend the permanent removal of the nail.

Don’t let toenail fungus negatively affect your quality of life. Schedule an appointment at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine today. Call the office to speak with a friendly team member or book a consultation online.