Stubbornly yellow, thickened, and crumbly – fungal toenails, while unsightly, often seem like a mere cosmetic concern. But what if ignoring those itchy toes could lead to more serious issues?
Unfortunately, that’s a reality, and far from romantic in this most romantic of months! Left untreated or improperly treated, fungal toenails can open the door to a host of complications, impacting your health and well-being. Podiatry Center of New Jersey wants you to have a lovely month of confidence and do it in style, so check out the blog below to find out how!
Beyond the Nail
Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, can initially cause discoloration and thickening. Untreated infections can progress, leading to:
- Pain and Discomfort: As the fungus burrows deeper, it can cause significant pain, making walking and even wearing shoes difficult.
- Spread to Other Nails: Fungal infections are contagious, and if left untreated, they can easily spread to other toenails or even fingernails.
- Emotional Impact: The embarrassment and self-consciousness associated with discolored nails can negatively affect social interactions and self-esteem.
Seeking Professional Help
Consulting a podiatrist is crucial for effective and lasting treatment. Podiatrists have the expertise and resources to:
- Accurately diagnose the type of fungus: Different fungi require different treatment approaches.
- Prescribe oral antifungal medications: These medications reach the deeper layers of the nail, effectively combating the infection at its source.
- Remove part or all of the affected nail: In severe cases, this may be necessary to allow for better medication penetration and healing.
Taking Action for Healthy Feet
Fungal toenails may not seem like a major concern, but neglecting them can have significant consequences. Stay fresh for Valentine’s Day, a step ahead of fungal nails, by contacting the best DPMs around!
At the Podiatry Center of New Jersey, our team of doctors treats all manner of podiatric conditions, such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems, and heel pain. Our 16 conveniently located offices provide individualized, high-quality care for patients across Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties. Contact our Wayne, NJ office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment today!