A fungal toenail infection causes the nail to become discolored, thick, and brittle and as the condition progresses an offensive odor is often released as the fungi feast on your feet. The microscopic organisms that cause fungal toenail infections are very common in the environment and they also thrive in the moist, warm conditions that are found in your footwear. You can help avoid fungal toenail contamination by cutting your toenails correctly and by limiting your contact with the microbes in the first place.
If you do get an infection you can try over-the-counter remedies that may appear to work initially, but the fungus often returns due to incomplete treatment. Laser therapy for fungal toenails is a painless and quick procedure that can completely kill the fungus to avoid reinfections.
If you notice any color or texture changes in your toenails be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Melissa Robitaille and Dr. Todd Newsom treat virtually all types of foot and ankle disorders including bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and heel pain. Equipped with leading-edge technologies such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and laser surgery for toenail fungus, we provide specialized, compassionate care for patients in Pooler, Georgia (Chatham County). For any pain and discomfort you are experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact us today at (912) 988-3323.