At Mobility on Mainway, we use state of the art equipment and technology to quickly and accurately asses, diagnose, and treat toenail fungus restoring the aesthetics and health to your toenail and feet.
What is the Root Cause of Toenail Fungus?
Toenail Fungus is called onychomycosis and is usually found as a white or yellow spot in the nail or under the nail and quite commonly seen as a yellow big toe nail. People of any age can get toenail fungus but it is more common in older adults because with age the nails get dry and brittle and cracks form allowing easy access for fungi to enter. If you have diabetes, walk bare feet moist environments or are prone to athlete’s foot, then you have a pretty good risk factor to contract a toenail fungus. If you have poor blood supply due to diabetes or any other systemic disease causing a weakened immune system, it could also increase your chances of toenail fungus. As the infection progresses, the nail may fall off or crumble apart.
How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus?
If you have sweaty feet, be sure to change your socks regularly or buy a moisture wicking sock to help keep your feet dry. Keeping the nails thin and short will also help to get rid of nail fungus. If your nail has become thick and dry please let our Chiropodist cut and file them for you. Another way to prevent nail fungus is to wash and dry and then moisturize your feet regularly. Choose shoe materials with mesh so that they breathe well and stay away from artificial nails.
How to Treat Toenail Fungus at Home
There are many things you can try at home that may help treat toenail fungus. Before you apply any over the counter nail fungal creams or ointments, file and thin down the nails first if you can do so safely. There are many topical creams that you can use that are over the counter that can help treat toenail fungus and some of them are quite effective.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
If a home remedy does not work and the fungus is persistent, your doctor may prescribe oral medications. There are also several medicated nail polish and and medicated nail creams that may be prescribed for you. It is not uncommon that you may need to use these treatments for almost one year before you see full resolution. Be patient because the fungus is quite persistent! Sometimes your doctor may suggest removal of the nail completely so that the infection underneath can be treated directly with the medication. Many people try and hide the discolouration caused by toenail fungus by painting toenail art designs, or using toenail polish. Please note that this will not help you get rid of the fungus.
At our Burlington mobility clinic, treatment by our Chiropodist will help to restore the aesthetics and health to your toenail and feet. Call us at 289-245-6624 to book an appointment.
Treatment by a chiropodist will likely involve debridement, or trimming down and removing debris and the dying nail.