Toenail fungus, medically known as “onychomycosis,” occurs when fungal organisms enter your nail bed tissue. These fungal invaders lurk in moist, damp, dark areas, so if you recently walked barefoot through a gym locker room, sauna, or pool deck, you may have come into contact with the fungi.
If you’re generally healthy, you may be able to fight off the fungal organisms and never develop a fungal nail infection. But your risk of having toenail fungus increases due to:
Your chances of struggling with toenail fungus are also higher if you have cuts or wounds on your feet since these make ideal openings for fungi to enter.
Toenail fungus can lead to a wide variety of issues that can range from mild to severe. Depending on the severity of your infection, you may notice:
As debris builds up underneath your nail, you might also notice dark spots developing. Without proper treatment, toenail fungus can make your nails chip away, which can become incredibly uncomfortable and painful. Before your case of fungal nails gets to this point, see how the podiatry team at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center can help.
Yes! You have so many innovative toenail fungus treatment options available at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center, so you shouldn’t have to worry about unsightly fungal nails another day. Your toenail fungus treatment plan may include:
If you have a severely infected nail, Dr. Durfey or Dr. Hiapo could recommend temporarily removing the nail. This way, they can directly treat the infection underneath your nail, so when your new nail grows back in, it’s healthy and clear.
Schedule your toenail fungus exam at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center and get started on treatment right away. Book your appointment either online or over the phone.