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Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00

How to Deal With Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, also termed onychomycosis, is a pervasive infection that causes discoloration and in some cases crumbling of the toenails. It is caused by a variety of fungi that thrive in dark, moist conditions, like the inside of socks and shoes. The fungi feed on keratin, which is the substance that makes up the hardened surface of your toenails. This type of toenail infection is not likely to heal on its own. Therefore, it is imperative to consult with a podiatrist who will be able to determine a course of treatment. The foot doctor may take a sample of the toenail and have it analyzed. Treatment may include removal of part of the toenail along with an antifungal cream, solution or medicated nail polish. In more advanced cases, the podiatrist may prescribe an oral antifungal medication. And in the most severe cases, removal of the entire nail may be required. Changes to footwear and to foot care practices can help to keep the infection from recurring. For help with toenail fungal infections, please contact a podiatrist.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact our podiatrists of CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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