Are your toenails discolored, cracked, or brittle? Untreated toenail fungus is a common foot problem that can quickly get out of control. At the Center for Foot and Ankle Care in Denver, Eugene Rosenthall, DPM, FACFAS, treats toenail conditions like fungus, hangnails, and ingrown toenails. With proper care and attention, your toes can look and feel so good that you’ll want to show them off. To see what Dr. Rosenthall can do for your toenail fungus, call the office to schedule your appointment or book it online.
Toenail fungus, like other fungi, thrives in dark, warm, moist environments, which makes your toenails a prime place for an infection. This type of fungus spreads easily, and you can contract it from public places like a gym, nail salon, or places where people walk around barefoot.
Toenail fungus quickly migrates to the bottoms of your feet, between your toes, and into the beds of your toenails.
If you have diabetes or a chronic condition that impacts your immune system, you may have a higher risk for fungal infections.
If you have toenail fungus, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
To determine the optimal treatment for your toenail fungus, Dr. Rosenthall assesses your health history and symptoms to decide what will work best. Common remedies for toenail fungus include:
Dr. Rosenthall uses the PinPointe™ FootLaser® to eliminate your toenail fungus. Laser therapy works by killing the infection with specific light and heat frequencies.
When over-the-counter topical antifungal creams aren’t working to kill the infection, Dr. Rosenthall prescribes a strong topical medication to eliminate the fungus.
An oral antifungal medication combined with a topical medication, in many cases, is the best course of treatment to eradicate toenail fungus. Oral medication kills the fungus from the inside out, ridding your body of the infection and supporting your immune system.
Nail fungus can be a stubborn condition to treat. That’s why it’s important to follow Dr. Rosenthall’s instructions and complete your treatment, even if your symptoms go away. Fungal infections can easily flare up again, especially if you don’t take proper care of your feet.
To prevent a toenail fungus from returning, keep your feet clean and dry, clip your toenails frequently, and discard any shoes or socks exposed to the fungus.
To learn more about how to treat and prevent toenail fungus, call the office to book your appointment today or use the easy online scheduler.