Toenail fungus is unsightly and often difficult to treat. If you’ve tried various over-the-counter products but still suffer from thick, flaky nails, it’s time to seek professional help. At Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry in Fort Greene, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville, and Bedford Stuyvesant, in Brooklyn, New York, Bryan Makower, DPM, and Loretta Cacace, DPM, specialize in the diagnosis and effective treatment of toenail fungus. Make your appointment today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.
Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common fungal infection that starts as a small yellow or white spot underneath your nail. As the infection progresses, it’s common for nails to become thick, discolored, and flaky.
Mild toenail fungus doesn’t always require treatment. Over-the-counter ointments and creams are usually enough to prevent the problem from getting worse. However, if your toenails become painful or begin breaking off, it’s important to seek treatment.
The symptoms of toenail fungus depend on the severity of your infection. However, telltale signs include:
Left untreated, toenail fungus can also cause your nails to distort in shape.
There’s no way to prevent toenail fungus entirely, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk. For example, if you’re an athlete or work out regularly, it’s important to wear shoes and socks that allow your feet to breathe. You should also practice good hygiene by washing your feet and trimming your toenails regularly. Because toenail fungus thrives in warm, damp environments, you should also avoid walking barefoot in facilities like public showers or locker rooms.
To diagnose toenail fungus, your Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry provider physically examines your toenails, reviews your medical history and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Your provider might also take a few toenail clippings and send them to a laboratory for further testing.
Whenever possible, the team treats toenail fungus using conservative, noninvasive methods of care. Depending on the severity of your infection, they might prescribe oral and topical antibiotics or medicated nail cream. The team also offers laser treatment, which files down your nail, eliminating infection.
If your toenail fungus doesn’t respond to laser treatment or prescription medications, your provider might recommend surgical intervention. A temporary nail removal allows your provider to apply antifungal cream directly to your nail bed.
Don’t let toenail fungus interfere with your quality of life. To make an appointment at Downstate Foot & Ankle Podiatry, call or use the online booking tool today.