Nail Fungus

Animas Foot & Ankle -  - Podiatry

Animas Foot & Ankle

Podiatry located in Durango, CO

Nail fungus is known for causing a yellowish hue, but this infection can also cause your nails to become brittle and crumbly. Before your fungal nail infection spreads, start your treatment plan at Animas Foot & Ankle in Durango, Colorado. The expert podiatry team offers the latest nail fungus solutions, so you can expect an effective treatment. Book your nail fungus evaluation online, or call your nearby office.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is an infection that lies underneath the surface of your nail. Caused by tiny fungal organisms, this infection can easily enter your body through the tiniest cut or through an area of weakened skin. Your chances of coming into contact with these fungi and developing a nail fungus infection increase by:

  • Walking barefoot in communal areas, such as locker rooms
  • Regularly wearing sweaty socks and shoes
  • Having a history of athlete’s foot
  • Having decreased blood circulation

These microorganisms can even enter your nail bed if you have a nail injury or have a weakened nail due to previous trauma.

Does Nail Fungus Cause Symptoms?

Yes. Nail discoloration is one of the most obvious signs. Nail fungus can cause your nails to become a yellow-brown color. You might even notice dark patches as dirt and debris start building up underneath your affected nail.

As your nail fungus infection worsens, you may find that your toenails are:

  • Brittle
  • Crumbly
  • Misshapen

In severe cases, a toenail fungus infection can lead to a foul odor that you just can’t get under control. If left untreated, nail fungus infections can cause severe pain and the possibility of your entire nail coming off.

How is Nail Fungus Treated?

The expert podiatrists at Animas Foot & Ankle offer some of the most advanced and effective nail fungus solutions available. Your dedicated podiatrist might want to take a nail clipping sample to evaluate, just to determine which type of microorganisms are attacking your nails. This helps them design a highly effective personalized treatment plan.

Depending on the severity of your nail fungus infection and whether or not you’re experiencing pain and discomfort, you may benefit from:

  • Medicated nail polish
  • Topical antifungal creams
  • Oral antifungal medications
  • In-office laser treatments

For severe cases of nail fungus, your podiatrist could suggest removing the entire nail during a minor in-office surgical procedure. By doing this, your podiatrist can treat your fungal infection directly, which can destroy the microorganisms on the spot and decrease your risk of recurring issues.

Schedule your nail fungus evaluation at Animas Foot & Ankle today. Click on the online scheduler to book, or call your closest office.

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