Do you manage your nails often? Evaluating your nails is important for your overall health, not just for the health of your nails. The appearance of your nails can indicate many things, including problems like toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can be transmitted, similar to athlete’s foot, in wet conditions, which can cause nails to become thick and brittle. Toenail fungus is an infection that also occurs in diabetic patients. It is generally contagious and requires extensive treatment options such as pills or topical medications.
While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, doing so is not impossible. If you are experiencing pain, visit Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctor can treat your pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
- Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.
- Talcum powder – applying 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
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Fords, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.