Nail Fungus infections occur when fungi enter through a small injury in your nail, then grow and spread in the warm, moist environment found inside your socks and shoes. You may have toenail fungus if present with swelling, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail, streaks or spots down the side of the nail, and sometimes complete loss of the nail. Toenail colour can vary from brown or yellow to white.
How Toenail fungus begins
You might have picked up toenail fungus if your feet were exposed at public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools, pedicure salons, etc. If you are active, sweat and wear shoes that don’t breathe well and socks that fail to keep your feet dry, then you’re generally at a higher risk of developing toenail fungus.
Other risk factors include not drying the feet thoroughly after showering, excessive perspiration and a weakened immune system. If you have diabetes or are on medication that lowers your immune response, fungal infections can be an unfortunate problem or side effect. In these cases, you should see a Chiropodist or Podiatrist to help trim and treat the disease.
Preventing Toenail fungus
Maintain good foot hygiene, including drying your feet after showers, take caution when going for a pedicure. Also, routinely wear clean socks, control excessive sweating and wear clean, dry socks and shoes. Various over-the-counter remedies are available, including tea tree oil, Vick’s vapour rub, olive oil, etc. If you fail to see any improvement by making these lifestyle changes, consult with our Chiropodist to find the best way to treat your infection.
How we can help you fight Toenail fungus
Our Chiropodist conducts a thorough history, perform a physical exam and suggest the treatment plan that will be most effective for you. The Chiropodist will decide on the best treatment options to help you clear your toenail fungus safely and effectively. The Mount Joy Foot Clinic & Orthotic Centre has been providing Fox 1064nm Laser treatment for toenail fungus in combination with topical antifungal solutions for several years with great success.
We are excited to announce that we now offer a pain-free, non-thermal laser therapy alternative to help with the temporary clearing of toenail fungus.