Many people have low-level fungal toenail infections and are unaware of it. The infection can spread slowly without causing severe symptoms so until it becomes a smelly, unsightly, and painful problem, many people overlook the issue. Fortunately, advanced laser treatment for fungal nails is now available from our foot doctors at podiatry practice Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM to treat this condition.
If untreated, the fungi can cause your toenails to become discolored, thick, and more brittle with an odor often produced by the fungi as they infect your nail bed.
If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, peripheral artery disease, or autoimmune irregularities, you are more susceptible to getting infections.
You can help avoid toenail infections by limiting contact with the fungi that cause the infection.
Excellent tips for avoiding fungal toenail infections include the following:
1) Allow your footwear to air out and dry which will help to kill the fungal organisms
2) Your feet and footwear can be treated with antifungal spray
3) Wear breathable footwear and moisture wicking socks to help keep your feet dry
4) Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails and infection
5) In locker rooms and public shower areas, always wear shoes or sandals to help protect your feet from coming into contact with microbes.
If you already have a fungal toenail infection, it’s best to see a podiatrist for treatment, which may include oral antifungal medications, laser nail therapy or nail removal. Our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Andrew Shapiro and Dr. Michael Barkin, can assist you with a proper evaluation and treatment plan. Our foot doctors also help with common issues like heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, and toe deformities. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream, Long Island to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Contact us online or by calling (516) 825-3860. You can also book an appointment online.