As the most common foot health condition, toenail fungus often persists for years without ever causing pain. If toenail fungus goes untreated, it can create serious complications for your feet in the long run. Seek treatment now to better protect your feet.

Many people are unaware they even have a fungal nail problem. Because of this, many don’t seek treatment until it worsens. Toenail fungus is the most common foot health problem and can persist for years without ever causing pain. Characterized by a change in the toenail’s color, toenail fungus is often thought of as nothing more than a blemish on your nail. However, if this condition is left untreated, it can create serious problems for your feet.

What is Toenail Fungus?

Also referred to as onychomycosis, toenail fungus is an infection underneath the surface of the nail—it can even penetrate the nail. Accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection, toenail fungus can lead to difficulty walking or running. This pain can prevent people from completing daily activities. Symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • Discoloration
  • Brittleness
  • Loosening, thickening or crumbling

Demophytes, a group of fungi, attack the nail and thrive on keratin, which is the nail’s protein substance. In some cases, these tiny organisms might cause the tail to become thicker, yellowish-brown, or darker in color, and even foul smelling. By seeking treatment from Dr. Nathan Lucas or Dr. John Codwell, our podiatrists in Torrance, CA, Memphis, TN, and Houston, TX, you can protect your toes from further harm.

Preventing Toenail Fungus

Dr. Lucas and Dr. Codwell encourage patients in the Houston, Memphis, and Torrance areas to take measures in preventing toenail fungus. You can prevent fungal nail infections by following these simple precautions:

  • Practice proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
  • Clean and dry feet go a long way.
  • When in public facilities, wear shower shoes whenever possible.
  • Clip nails straight across to prevent the nail from extending beyond the tip.
  • Use quality foot powder in conjunction with properly fitting shoes.
  • Avoid excessively tight hosiery that promotes moisture.
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools and don’t apply polish to nails that might be infected.

By taking proper precautionary measures, you can protect your toes from fungal nail infections. For more information, contact Dr. Lucas or Dr. Codwell, Houston, Memphis, and Torrance podiatrists.