Fungal infections can develop throughout your toenails and lead to severe discoloration and thickening. While the condition itself is generally harmless, the professionals at Hoosier Foot & Ankle understand how self-conscious fungal toenails can make you feel about your feet. Before your toenail fungus starts spreading to other toes, visit one of the practice’s five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area. You can either book through the online scheduler or call the clinic.
Fungus thrives in warm, moist environments. Needless to say, the areas between your toes provide optimal conditions for fungal infections to flourish. Fungal infections can get into your skin through the smallest cut or opening, or in a spot where your skin is weakened. Because fungal infections are extremely contagious, it’s common for this condition to spread by:
You’re also more likely to develop fungal nails if you’re older, have diabetes, or have heart disease, simply because your blood circulation is limited and you can’t heal as quickly.
Yes, although in the early stages, most men and women are unaware they have a fungal infection. As the fungus spreads, you might start noticing:
In some cases, fungal nails can even cause severe foot odor, which can prove overwhelmingly embarrassing.
The team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle offers the most effective and thorough treatments available for fungal toenails. Your treatment plan can include:
You may even benefit from in-office laser treatments with CoolBreeze®. This state-of-the-art laser system targets and destroys fungal strains that are damaging your toenails. The entire treatment is virtually painless, so you can resume your normal activities shortly afterward.
Oftentimes, yes. Once the podiatrists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle treat your current toenail fungus infection, they work with you to learn how to prevent future issues. Some of the best ways to decrease your risk of toenail fungus infections include:
The team also often recommends choosing a nail salon that follows pristine sanitation standards, since dirty spa footbaths and contaminated equipment can easily spread fungal infections.
Schedule your fungal toenail evaluation at Hoosier Foot & Ankle by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling the office.