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An Overview of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common but often underestimated condition that can affect individuals of all ages. It typically starts with a minor discoloration or a small white spot beneath the nail. As it progresses, the nail may become discolored, thickened, and brittle. In some cases, it can lead to pain and a foul odor. Toenail fungus is caused by various types of fungi that thrive in warm, damp environments, such as the insides of shoes. Factors like poor foot hygiene, compromised immune systems, and preexisting nail or skin conditions can increase susceptibility. Untreated toenail fungus can be aesthetically unpleasant and, in some cases, lead to complications. Early intervention is essential to prevent the condition from worsening. Understanding the basics of toenail fungus is the first step toward recognizing, treating, and preventing this ailment. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose this condition, and offer treatment solutions that are right for you.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan of Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Warren, Livingston, and Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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