If you require fungal toenail treatment or are suffering with athlete’s foot or an ingrown toenail, you may be embarrassed to wear sandals or go barefoot, and desperate to find relief. Our Brooklyn foot doctor can help. We will diagnose your condition and recommend an effective plan of treatment.
Symptoms and causes of toenail fungus
Fungal toenails (Onychomycosis) often turn a yellow-brown color. The nail becomes thick and chalky. These symptoms are sometimes accompanied by pain or malodor. If left untreated, toenail fungus can lead to an ingrown toenail or infection. T. Rubrum is the most common cause of toenail fungus. Other conditions such as bacterial infections, systemic diseases or complications from psoriatic arthritis may look like toenail fungus, so it is important to be examined. A Brooklyn foot doctor at Progressive Podiatry will examine your foot and determine if you have toenail fungus or some other condition.
Fungal toenail treatment
In mild to moderate cases, fungal toenail treatment consists of using a topical anti-fungal medication such as Formula 3®, which is available in our office. In severe cases, if a topical anti-fungal has not been effective, and your health is good, we may prescribe oral anti-fungal medications. You may have heard of using a laser for toenail fungus. We are waiting for more conclusive evidence of effectiveness before recommending this therapy.
Symptoms and causes of athlete’s foot
Dryness, scaling and itchy, flaky skin are common symptoms of athlete’s foot. In some cases you may develop inter-digital macerations (redness, itchiness and moisture between the toes) where skin becomes denuded. An athlete’s foot blister may develop. Several different fungal infections which thrive in dark, moist areas can cause athlete’s foot. To help prevent this foot condition, don’t wear the same shoes every day. Instead, give them a chance to breathe between wearing. Never re-use socks without washing them first. Athlete’s foot fungus is often picked up from the ground or floor in public showers and pools. It is also possible to catch it from someone in your household.
Treatments for athlete’s foot
Topical over the counter medications are available which may work in mild cases. A Brooklyn foot doctor at Progressive Podiatry will diagnose your condition and determine whether a prescription anti-fungal cream or an oral anti-fungal medication is required. If you think you may have athlete’s foot, don’t ignore it, as untreated cases can lead to a secondary bacterial infection.
There are several stages of ingrown toenails. In the beginning you may feel mild pain or discomfort. As the infection develops you may experience redness, drainage and more significant pain. In the most severe stage, granuloma (an abscess in the nail-bed area) develops. Typical causes are toenail fungus, improper cutting of the nail and trauma. However, ingrown toenails may also develop from wearing tight shoes or as a result of a bio-mechanical deformity a bunion, from a hammertoe or flat foot.
How to treat an ingrown toenail
If you suspect an ingrown toenail, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. In mild cases we often recommend antibiotic soaks, and may cut back the ingrown portion. We may also use an antibiotic solution, cream and bandage. Moderate cases may require the removal of the ingrown toenail border (using either topical or local anesthesia) or possibly oral antibiotics. In severe cases part or the entire infected ingrown toenail may have to be removed in order to clean and drain the abscess. For those with recurrent or chronic ingrown toenails an in-office minor surgical procedure may be necessary.
Contact our Brooklyn foot doctor
If you require fungal toenail treatment, suffer from athlete’s foot or an ingrown toenail, schedule an examination online with a concerned Brooklyn foot doctor at Progressive Podiatry today in our Park Slope, Mill Basin or Bay Ridge offices, or call 718-840-0660.