Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City, Ridgefield, & Bloomfield, NJ
Nail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, accounts for about half of all cases of nail disease. If your nails are brittle, yellow, or foul-smelling, schedule a nail fungus evaluation with the physicians at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists. Use the online scheduler to book at any of their practice locations in Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City, Ridgefield, or Bloomfield, New Jersey. You can also call your nearest office directly to speak with a team member.
Nail Fungus Q & A
What causes nail fungus?
The organisms that cause fungal nails thrive in dark, moist, and warm areas. Walking around barefoot in these types of locations — gym locker rooms, communal showers, or pool decks — can expose you to fungal invaders.
Nail fungus can affect anyone of any age, but it’s more common among adults over age 60. Your risk of struggling with fungal nails is increased due to:
- Poor circulation
- History of athlete’s foot
- Weakened immune system
- Chronic disease, like diabetes
- Certain skin conditions, including psoriasis
You’re also more likely to develop fungal nails if you have sweaty feet, especially if you don’t allow your gym shoes to air out overnight, or don’t clean and dry your feet each day.
When should I see a podiatrist for nail fungus?
Nail fungus isn’t anything you should try to treat on your own, especially if you have a chronic disease, nor should you ignore it. If left untreated, nail fungus can become so severe, your nails can start to fall off.
The compassionate podiatry team at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists encourages you to come in for an evaluation if you’re experiencing any of the following nail issues:
- Brittleness, crumbling, or thickening
- Distorted or misshapen shapes
- Dark, yellow, or brown colors
- Foul odor
It’s even possible to spread toenail fungus to your fingernails if you pick at your toenails. Since toenail fungus can worsen and spread without proper treatment, it’s important to visit Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists at the first sign of nail issues.
Which nail fungus treatment is most effective?
Treating toenail fungus depends on the severity of your infection and any related nail loss. Your dedicated podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists may recommend any of the following fungal nail treatments:
- Over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments
- Prescription-strength nail cream or nail polish
- Professional nail trimming
- Oral antifungal drugs
- Laser treatments
For more severe cases of nail fungus, your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists could recommend removing infected nails entirely and treating your underlying nail bed directly. This way, you can regrow healthy, clear nails over time.
Schedule your fungal nail evaluation at Foot & Ankle Premier Specialists today. Click on the online booking feature or call your closest clinic directly.
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