When the weather warms up, we get excited to change our wardrobe – especially our shoes. We’re finally able to get back into our favorite sandals, open toe shoes, and flip flops. For some of us however, this isn’t something we look forward to; toenail fungus can stop us dead in our tracks. The good news is Advanced Foot and Ankle can help!
Toenail fungus is a common infection and that causes a yellowish or white-spotted discoloration of the toenails. This discoloration is actually an infection called onychomycosis or tinea unguium. If not treated properly, this infection can spread to your other toenails, making the issue more severe.
To many people, toenail fungus is an embarrassing condition which limits their choices in shoes, especially during warmer months. Unfortunately, covering up with nail polish only make matters worse. When you restrict oxygen to the toenails, you only heighten the problem!
Do you think you might have toenail fungus? Symptoms include the following:
- White or yellow streaks
- Flaking white spots
- Crumbling of the nail, especially in corners or at the tip
- Deformity of the nail(s), perhaps even lifting up off the nail bed
- Thickness and brittleness of the nail(s)
If you’re suffering from toenail fungus, our podiatric specialists are here to help. They’ll evaluate your situation and review treatment options with you. Some potential treatments for toenail fungus include:
- Topical antifungal (such as Tolcylen)
- Trimming away the dead nail
- Oral medication
- Nail rejuvenation
Don’t worry, our podiatrists will also help you choose the treatment that best fits your needs and gets you back to wearing sandals (supportive, of course!) around town or walking barefoot on the beach.
For more information on toenail fungus, other foot and ankle problems, or your own personal assessment contact us today and schedule your appointment at one of Advanced Foot & Ankle’s Middle Tennessee podiatry clinics!