Toenail fungus can cause uncomfortable and even embarrassing symptoms. If you suspect you have the condition, you can rely on podiatrists and board-certified foot and ankle surgeons Alex Stewart, DPM, Antonius Su, DPM, and their team for expert treatment and care. Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler, Arizona, today to book an appointment or schedule your visit online.
Toenail fungus is a common and frustrating condition that affects millions of people. It occurs when fungal microorganisms enter the nail through tiny cracks or cuts in the skin around or under the nail itself.
That leads to the infection of the toenail and can cause various symptoms and cosmetic issues.
The symptoms of toenail fungus often start subtly, and you may not even realize you have an infection at first. Common signs to watch for include:
As the infection worsens, you may notice an unpleasant odor coming from the affected toenail.
Toenail fungus is primarily caused by fungal microorganisms. The most common culprits are dermatophytes (fungi that gravitate toward skin, nails, and hair), but yeasts and molds can also be responsible.
Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, and your feet are particularly susceptible. The infection typically begins when fungi enter the toenail through tiny openings in the skin or nail. Closed-toe shoes, excessive moisture, and nail injuries are ideal conditions for fungal growth.
In addition, if you have a weakened immune system, diabetes, or poor circulation, you’re at a greater risk of developing toenail fungus. Practicing proper foot hygiene, wearing breathable footwear, and seeking early treatment can help prevent and manage this common condition.
Treating toenail fungus can be a lengthy process, as the infection is often stubborn and slow to resolve. Treatment options include topical antifungal medications and oral prescriptions.
Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona uses the innovative PinPointe™ FootLaser® to treat stubborn toenail fungus. This FDA-approved laser eradicates fungal nail infections using laser energy to safely target the infection without harming the surrounding tissues.
During your visit, your provider assesses the severity of your toenail fungus and recommends the most appropriate treatment option based on your needs.
If you have symptoms of toenail fungus, reach out to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona today. Call or book an appointment online.