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Visit a Podiatrist for Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is more than just a cosmetic concern. It is a chronic problem that can cause discomfort and affect quality of life. It occurs when fungi infect the toenail, often thriving in warm, moist environments like sweaty shoes or locker rooms. Factors such as poor hygiene, a compromised immune system, aging, or underlying health conditions like diabetes can increase the risk of toenail fungus. The infection typically begins as a white or yellow spot under the nail, gradually spreading and thickening the nail, causing brittleness, discoloration, and even odor. Individuals who frequently wear closed-toe shoes or have a history of nail trauma are particularly susceptible. If you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and management. Treatment can include prescribed topical or oral antifungal medications, laser therapy, or surgical intervention, tailored to the severity of the condition.

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 one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 offices located in Shepherdsville and Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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