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Visit a Podiatrist for Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is more than just a cosmetic concern. It is a chronic problem that can cause discomfort and affect quality of life. It occurs when fungi infect the toenail, often thriving in warm, moist environments like sweaty shoes or locker rooms. Factors such as poor hygiene, a compromised immune system, aging, or underlying health conditions like diabetes can increase the risk of toenail fungus. The infection typically begins as a white or yellow spot under the nail, gradually spreading and thickening the nail, causing brittleness, discoloration, and even odor. Individuals who frequently wear closed-toe shoes or have a history of nail trauma are particularly susceptible. If you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and management. Treatment can include prescribed topical or oral antifungal medications, laser therapy, or surgical intervention, tailored to the severity of the condition.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of New York, NY. 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 our office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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