Onychomycosis (Foot Fungus)
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails. This ailment causes toenails to thicken, discolor, disfigure, and split. At first glance, onychomycosis appears to be only a cosmetic concern. However, without treatment, the toenails can become abnormally thick, forcing the toe to press against the inside of the shoes, causing pressure, irritation, and pain. If the disease continues to progress without treatment, onychomycosis may interfere with standing, walking, and exercising.
Spotting Foot Fungus
Onychomycosis is easily identified by its appearance, but there are similar conditions and infections that can cause similar symptoms. Our Board certified Podiatrists are trained in diagnosis and appropriate treatment of all types of nail disorders. Risk factors making one more susceptible to onychomycosis include:
- Family history
- Advancing age
- Poor health
- Trauma or minor injury
- Showering in communal showers
- Wearing shoes without good airflow
Treatments for onychomycosis vary depending on the individual and the severity of the case. Frequently, a simple but accurate nail unit biopsy is needed to make the correct diagnosis. Recent breakthroughs have yielded new treatments which can cut traditionally long treatment times dramatically. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your trusted Board Certified podiatrists, Dr. Caputo and Dr. DeLorenzo.