Foot Related Conditions
A fungal infection of the nails.
What is it?
- Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails.
- Most commonly accompanied by an infection of the skin known as Athlete’s foot.
What does it look like?
- Mild infections may produce few or no symptoms.
- A nail may lose “its shine,” begin to partially or fully discolour and thicken.
- In severe infections, the nails become discoloured, thicken, and detach from the nail bed. The skin surrounding the nails may become inflamed and painful.
How do I know if I have it?
Since other diseases may also cause toenail discoloration or thickening, it is best to have it assessed by a professional. A registered chiropodist can quickly determine whether you have a fungal infection.
Will it go away without treatment?
No, the chances of it clearing up on its own are very low.
How do you treat it?
- Apply a topical antifungal prescription medication
- Oral prescription medication from your family physician
How do you prevent it?
- Always wear flip-flops or sandals in public showers or public areas
- Wash and thoroughly dry your feet
- Change socks daily
- Keep the toenails well maintained
- Avoid trauma to the toenails
- Ensure your shoes have plenty of room around the toes
- Avoid nail salons that use the same nail polish applicator for all clients
Do you have funky fungus living on your toenails? It doesn’t have to be that way! Talk to us and book your appointment with the friendly folks at Werkman Foot & Orthotic Clinic.