Fungal Nails Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Kokomo, and Zionsville, IN

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 and Kokomo. You can either book through the online scheduler or call the clinic.

Fungal Nails Q & A

What causes toenail fungus?

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:

  • Sharing shoes or socks with someone who’s infected
  • Walking barefoot along pool decks or in gym locker rooms
  • Having a personal history of athlete’s foot

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.

Are there symptoms of fungal nails?

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:

  • Thickened nails
  • Crumbling or brittle nails
  • White spots on nails
  • Nails that are distorted in shape

In some cases, fungal nails can even cause severe foot odor, which can prove overwhelmingly embarrassing.

How are fungal toenails treated?

The team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle offers the most effective and thorough treatments available for fungal toenails. Your treatment plan can include:

  • Oral antifungal drugs
  • Medicated nail cream
  • Medicated antifungal nail polish

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.

Can I prevent toenail fungus?

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:

  • Changing your socks right after exercise
  • Letting gym shoes dry out overnight
  • Wearing shower shoes in gym locker rooms or near pools
  • Learning how to properly trim your nails
  • Treating topical injuries and keeping them covered

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.

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