Also known as onychomycosis, toe nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot (infection) under the tip of your toe nail which, when not treated, spreads and causes your toe nail to distort, discolor, thicken and crumble around its edges, become dull, and separate from the nail bed. You may also experience pain, and you may detect a foul odour coming from the affected area. When it begins to spread between your toes and to the skin of your feet, it’s referred to as athletes foot (tinea pedis). Toe nail fungus can affect only one toe nail, or it can affect several toe nails at once.
The chiropodist/foot care specialist at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre offer a variety of safe and effective options for the treatment of fungal nails:
- Trimming, filing or dissolving the affected area
- Medicated anti-fungal nail polish
- Topical anti-fungal ointment
- Prescription oral anti-fungal medication
- Custom made orthotics
- Laser treatment for fungal nails
- In extreme cases, surgical removal (a referral will be provided to an orthopedic surgeon)
It may take some time for any improvement in the fungal toe nail to occur, so it’s vitally important to begin treatment as soon as possible, especially if you want to have clear, healthy toenails in time for wearing summer sandals! Please contact the foot care specialist at Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre in Brantford or Hamilton to learn more about our fungal nail treatment options.