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Symptoms and Risks of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is an infection that commonly affects the toenails. It occurs when fungi invade the nail bed, leading to discoloration, thickening, and deformity of the nails. One of the most noticeable symptoms of toenail fungus is the gradual change in the appearance of the affected nails, which may turn yellow, white, or brown, and become brittle or crumbly. As the infection progresses, the nails may thicken and develop a distorted shape, causing discomfort and difficulty when wearing shoes. Several risk factors contribute to the development of toenail fungus, including poor foot hygiene, prolonged exposure to moist environments, wearing tight-fitting shoes, and having a weakened immune system. If you believe you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment methods, which may include prescribed medicine or laser treatment.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners 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 our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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