Toenail fungus is one of those common symptoms which many patients are reluctant to acknowledge, never mind bring up with a doctor. If you are like many patients with such a foot condition, you are probably much more eager to simply cover up the problem or ignore it, hoping it will resolve on its own. But, hiding your feet perpetually in socks and shoes isn’t always a viable option. Instead of waiting it out, it is imperative that you turn to a podiatrist like those at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and get the facts about toenail fungus symptoms and solutions.
First and foremost, it is important to know that nail fungus is not a common condition. Toenail fungus symptoms typically begin as a white or yellow spot under the edge of the nail. As the fungal infection increases, the nail may experience any of the following changes: dullness, discoloration, distortion, thickening, and crumbling at the edge. In some cases, the infected nails may begin to separate from the nail bed, a condition which is often accompanied by discomfort and an unpleasant odor. It may also spread to other nails. If the fungus spreads to infect the space between your toes and/ or the skin of your feet, it is more commonly known as athlete's foot.
There are a number of effective treatments available for patients who have developed toenail fungus symptoms. In some cases, over the counter antifungal nail creams or ointments may be effective. However, if these are ineffective, or if you have diabetes and have begun developing nail fungus, it is important to talk with a doctor. There are a number of different treatments that may be offered, including:
Oral antifungal medication
Medicated nail polish
Medicated nail cream
Laser and light-based therapies
When you talk with your doctor, be sure to share all of the symptoms you are experiencing in order to help him or her select the best possible method of treatment.
If you are in need of a podiatrist who has specialized knowledge of the foot and its potential conditions, including toenail fungus, turn to the experts at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. Our foot and ankle specialists have the in-depth experience to diagnosis and offer treatment for common foot conditions like toenail fungus. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 1-800-321-9999.