As we ease back into winter from the warmer months, your feet require the help of cozy socks and shoes to stay warm. However, before cooping up your feet for the season, you may want to cure your toenail fungus. Learn more about toenail fungus and its treatments with Dr. Bryan Sheehan at Ankle and Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, OK.
Do I have toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus often begins as a small white dot on the nail. This condition is generally painless and advances slowly over time. However, toenail fungus in its later stages can cause your nail to become unsightly and begin to cause problems. Symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- yellowed nail
- thickened nail
- soft or powdery appearance of the nail
- separation of the nail from the nail bed
- a nail which crumbles at the edges
- a nail which appears matte or dull
Toenail Fungus Treatment in Bentonville, OK
There are various over-the-counter toenail fungus treatments available at drug stores. However, if these treatments fail to work, you will need help from Dr. Sheehan to get rid of your toenail fungus once and for all. Treatment may begin with prescription creams or nail lacquers applied to the nail to help kill off the fungus. Laser treatment is another option which has proven to be successful. In severe cases, Dr. Sheehan may suggest surgery to remove the nail from the nail bed.
Preventing Toenail Fungus
Preventing toenail fungus is as easy as following a few precautions. Always keep your feet clean and dry. If you frequent damp, public areas, like public pools or gym locker rooms, wear shower shoes and prevent any contact between the floor and your feet. Try to wear socks made from materials which wick moisture, especially if you are an athlete or sweat excessively. Clip your nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails which can become infected and painful. Finally, see your podiatrist for a foot examination if you suspect any signs of toenail fungus.
For more information on toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Sheehan at Ankle and Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, OK. Call (479) 224-6411 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Sheehan today!