People who enjoy walking barefoot may be susceptible to developing toenail fungus. The medical term for this unsightly condition is onychomycosis, and many people worldwide are affected by it. This ailment can occur from wearing shoes that are too tight, which may cause minute injuries to the toenails, or from medical conditions that can include diabetes and thyroid disorders. The fungus that causes this condition lives in warm and moist environments like public pools, shower room floors, and locker rooms. If you frequent these types of areas, it is beneficial to wear appropriate footwear, which may help to prevent this contagious condition from spreading. It is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist if you are afflicted with toenail fungus. A podiatrist can properly diagnose your condition and determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.