As the weather heats up, you may begin pulling your summer clothing and sandals out from the back of your closet. However, after keeping your feet in socks and slippers all winter, you may notice that your toenails look a little “funky”. Luckily, your podiatrist can help. Toenail fungus is a common and treatable condition which affects many people everywhere. Learn more about toenail fungus with help from your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center with offices in Fairfax, Reston, McLean, and Ashburn, VA.
What causes toenail fungus?
Fungi love moist, warm environments and do not need light in order to grow. This makes your toes and feet, routinely tucked inside socks and shoes, the perfect breeding ground for fungi. The fungi enter the skin through tiny cuts or scrapes and through tiny separations between the nail bed and toenail. Those who are often in warm, moist environments like gym locker rooms and public pools are more at-risk for toenail fungus. Additionally, males, those with decreased blood flow, and individuals who are of older age are at-risk for toenail fungus.
Identifying Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus has some tell-tale symptoms. It begins as a white or yellow dot on the toenail and presents more symptoms over time. They include:
- a thickened nail
- a yellowed nail
- a nail with crumbling edges
- a nail with a dull or matte finish instead of shine
- distorted shape
- separation of the nail and nail bed
How can lasers treat toenail fungus?
There are many over-the-counter remedies for toenail fungus. However, these remedies work over long periods of time with continued use. If over-the-counter medications do not yield results, it may be time to see your podiatrist. FDA-Approved laser treatment for toenail fungus, available at Family Foot and Ankle Care, has proven effective and has no known side effects. The laser generates heat. The pigments in the affected toenail absorb the heat, which kills the fungal cells.
For more information on laser treatments for toenail fungus, please contact your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center. Call your local office or visit www.familyfootandankle.com to schedule your appointment today!
Fairfax, VA - (703) 273-9818
Reston, VA - (703) 723-2719
McLean, VA - (703) 556-8637
Ashburn, VA - (703) 723-9267