Toenail Fungus

Foot and Ankle Specialists located in San Diego, CA

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus looks ugly and feels uncomfortable. At North Park Podiatry in San Diego, California, Trent Brookshier, DPM, and an experienced podiatric team treat this stubborn and concerning condition. Call today if you have symptoms of toenail fungus, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment so you can get started with treatment right away.

Toenail Fungus Q&A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a fungal infection that affects the toenails. It typically starts as a small white or yellow spot under the nail and usually spreads, causing discoloration, thickening, and a brittle texture. 

Why did I develop toenail fungus?

Fungus thrive in warm, moist environments, making toenails susceptible to infection when exposed to such conditions. Common causes include wearing tight, closed-toe shoes, walking barefoot in damp areas, and having a compromised immune system.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus often has one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Discoloration of the nail, typically yellow, brown, or white
  • Thickening or distortion of the nail
  • Nails with a brittle or crumbly texture
  • Separation of the nail from the nail bed
  • Foul odor

In severe cases, toenail fungus causes pain or discomfort.

How can I prevent toenail fungus?

Preventing toenail fungus involves practicing good foot hygiene and taking measures such as:

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry
  • Wearing breathable shoes and moisture-wicking socks
  • Avoiding walking barefoot in public places
  • Trimming your nails straight across to prevent ingrown nails
  • Not sharing personal items like nail clippers or shoes

If you’re susceptible to toenail fungus, limit your use of nail polish, which can trap moisture and fungus.

Can over-the-counter treatments effectively cure toenail fungus?

Over-the-counter treatments like topical antifungal creams and ointments may work in mild cases. However, they are often insufficient for more severe or persistent infections. The team at North Park Podiatry offers an effective and personalized treatment plan.

How do you treat toenail fungus treatment?

The North Park Podiatry team thoroughly assesses the infection's severity, recommends appropriate treatments, and monitors your healing progress. Your provider has access to advanced treatments and procedures to help you effectively eliminate the fungus and restore your toenails to a healthy state.

Your treatment plan may include prescription medications or advanced treatments like laser therapy to help you get rid of toenail fungus for good.

Is toenail fungus contagious?

Toenail fungus can spread to other nails if you fail to take proper precautions. It can also potentially spread to other people through shared items like towels or nail clippers or by walking barefoot in public areas. Practice good hygiene and seek treatment to prevent the spread of the infection.

Call North Park Podiatry if you have or suspect you have toenail fungus. You can also set up an appointment online.