Onychomycosis--that's the medical term for toenail fungus, a stubborn and common foot infection. At Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, your podiatrist, Dr. Richard Lesser treats numerous cases of toenail fungus, helping people of all ages have clearer, and better shaped nails. Are you struggling with toenail fungus?
What is toenail fungus?
Organisms called dermatophytes actually thrive on toenail debris, the cells your nails naturally shed all the time. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says that a full 20 percent of the American population has thick, discolored, and even smelly nails due to:
- Blunt force injury to the nail bed
- Constant friction between the nail and inside of the shoe
- The warm, dark, moist environment of closed toe shoes, especially athletic footwear
- Shared towels and nail clippers
- Dirty, sweaty socks
- Treading on wet locker room and gym floors (a common breeding ground for athlete's foot fungus, too)
Additionally, individuals with weak immune systems, diabetes, and circulatory problems tend to get toenail fungus, and the infection may spread to other areas of the body, including fingernails.
How your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, can help
If you have persistent onychomycosis, come to the Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, where Dr. Lesser will examine your nails and surrounding skin. He may prescribe a topical ointment or cream or an oral anti-fungal medication to rid your toes of the problem for good. Extreme cases may require toenail removal.
Also, Dr. Lesser may suggest some simple strategies to keep your feet and nails fungus-free for good. These practices include:
- Wearing well-ventilated shoes in warm weather
- Changing shoes often, particularly athletic shoes
- Wearing clean, moisture-wicking (not cotton or wool) socks daily
- Washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them thoroughly
- Using clean nail clippers and not sharing pedicure/manicure tools with others
- Trimming toenails straight across
- Wearing flip-flops at the pool or in the gym locker room
We can help
At Family Foot Health Center, Dr. Lesser treats numerous foot and ankle conditions, including stubborn toenail fungus. Let him help you achieve great podiatric health by calling the Howell, NJ, office today for a consultation: (732) 370-1100.