Toenail Fungus

Gary Saphire, DPM, FACFAS -  - Podiatrist

Parkway Podiatry

Gary Saphire, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

If you’re living with toenail fungus, you aren’t alone. This condition is both widespread and highly treatable. Whether you want treatment to restore the appearance of your toes, or to relieve the pain caused by the fungus, don’t hesitate to contact Gary Saphire, PMD, at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York. He and his team offer expert toenail fungus care and treatment for people living in and around the communities of Bensonhurst and Gravesend. Call them, or book your appointment online today.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is a common condition that’s caused by a fungal infection underneath your toenail. In its early phases, it usually looks like a white or yellow area towards the tip of your toenail. As it grows and spreads, the infection can destroy your toenail, causing it to yellow and crumble. It can also spread to other toenails.

What causes toenail fungus?

Inside your shoes, your toes are usually warm and at least slightly damp. In other words, they’re an ideal place for fungus to thrive. Cracks in your toenail, which get more common as you age, allow the fungus to get in underneath your toenail. 

Toenail fungus is more common in men and older adults. Diabetes and athlete’s foot also heighten your risk for this infection. 

What does toenail fungus look like?

In its early stages, toenail fungus looks like a small white or light-colored dot under your nail. Over time, it grows. As it does, it can cause your nail to:

  • Get thicker
  • Turn yellow or brown
  • Crumble at the edges
  • Change shape 
  • Have an odor

Advanced cases of toenail fungus can be painful. 

How is toenail fungus treated?

The good news about toenail fungus is that it’s extremely treatable. Antifungal medications or topical treatments are usually sufficient to eradicate the fungus. In some cases, Dr. Saphire may need to remove the affected toenail to apply the medication directly to your nail bed so that the fungus can be completely destroyed. 

Affected toenails will take time to regrow healthily, but they will restore themselves in time. Taking preventive steps as they regrow and once they’re fully repaired ensures your new nails aren’t impacted by fungus in the future.

Can I prevent toenail fungus?

Yes. Dr. Saphire recommends that his patients regularly wash their feet and always choose clean socks and shoes. Trim your nails straight across and smooth them with a file. When you’re in shared spaces with damp floors, like a pool or a locker room, always wear shoes. 

Keeping your feet clean and dry is crucial in preventing toenail fungus, as is proper podiatric care. To get started with the treatment you need to eliminate your toenail fungus, call Parkway Podiatry, or schedule your appointment online today.