Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, affects about 1 in 10 Americans. The condition usually isn’t severe, but if you have diabetes or another condition that affects your circulation, it can increase your risk of infection. At Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic, board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Vinai Prakash, DPM, provides comprehensive care for several toe-related conditions, including toenail fungus and ingrown nails. To make an appointment in Kenmore, Washington, call the office or book online today.
Toenail fungus is a fungal infection of your nail tissue. Often, a fungal infection starts out as a small white dot. As the infection spreads to your other toes, your nails change colors and break down.
Mild cases of toenail fungus usually respond to at-home treatments, like over-the-counter ointments or lotions. If your symptoms persist or affect your quality of life, contact Dr. Prakash immediately.
Make an appointment at Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic if your toenails are:
You should also make an appointment with Dr. Prakash if you notice dark debris beneath your toenails or a foul odor when you take your socks off.
An ingrown toenail occurs when your nail grows into the skin surrounding your nail bed instead of out and away from your toe. Like toenail fungus, an ingrown toenail may increase your risk of infection or gangrene. As a result, it’s important to get treated.
Anyone can develop toenail fungus, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience toenail fungus if you walk around barefoot in public areas like locker rooms, swimming pools, or gyms.
Dr. Prakash reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms to diagnose toenail fungus. Then, he has you take off your shoes and socks and examines your toes. Most fungal infections are visible to the eye, but Dr. Prakash might take a few clippings and send them to a lab to determine the type of infection you have.
After identifying the type of fungus causing your infection, Dr. Prakash develops a custom treatment plan.
Treatment of toenail fungus depends on various factors, including the type of fungus causing the infection and the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Prakash might recommend:
If you have a recurring fungal infection, Dr. Prakash might recommend surgery. During surgery, he removes your nail and applies an antifungal medication directly to your nail bed.
Toenail fungus is annoying, but it’s possible to treat. Make an appointment at Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic by calling the office or scheduling online today.