Toenail Fungus Infections in Ennis
You may have noticed that your big toenails have started turn turn a little thicker over the past year or two or you have developed a yellow or white spot under your toenail. The nail or nails may become brittle or broken around the edges and may even develop an odor. This is teh most common changes seen with toenail fungus, which is also known as onychomycosis. Jeffrey Petty, DPM is an Ennis, Corsicana and Waxahachie podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Centers and will be discussing this problem below.
What Causes Toenail Fungus Infections?
While many types of yeasts, molds, and fungi can give rise to an infection, the most common type is called a dermatophyte, which tends to affect hair and skin. This organism is in high abundance in our North Central Texas area. Although anyone can contract fungus toenails, certain people and occupations are more susceptible to the condition.
The predisposing conditions are diverse and include older age, contact with damp areas such as locker rooms, pool and gyms, not caring for the nails correctly and not removing toenail polish on a regular basis letting the nails “breathe”. Certain Medical Conditions – Diabetes, psoriasis, a weakened immune system, or circulation disorders also can make people more prone to getting fungus toenail infections.
What Can You Do To Prevent Fungus Toenails?
As with many conditions of the feet, taking the appropriate steps for prevention is key:
- Choose breathable fabrics for both socks such as an acrylic blend and footwear to prevent excess moisture buildup. Alternate shoes or boots on a daily basis. It takes about 24 hours for the leather uppers to completely dry out.
- Wash your hands and feet daily – especially if you already have toenail fungus, as it can easily spread to your other nails.
- Wear sandals at all times when you use the gym showers or walk around the pool or locker room.
- Be sure to ask nail salons about their sterilization techniques between clients. Most salons are now using removable liners in the foot soaks.
See Our Ennis Podiatrist for Treatment for Toenail Fungus Today!
While toenail fungus infections are usually not serious, a more advanced case can be quite painful, embarrassing and may cause permanent damage to your nails or spread to other areas of the body. Family Foot & Ankle Centers can help – contact us today to schedule an appointment with our experienced team of foot doctors. Fungal toenails has never been easier to treat safely and effectively. We offer 5-star-rated treatment for toenail fungus infections. Call today (972) 875-3668.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, or 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office.