What’s Toenail Fungus and What Can I Do About It?

Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Be on the Lookout for Crumbling, Yellowish-Brown, and Foul Smelling Toenails

foot and nail fungiWhen everyday fungi invade the toenail, the tiny organisms take hold, and the result is the nail becoming thicker, yellowish-brown or darker in colour and foul smelling. The fungal infection of a toenail (onychomycosis) might be a common foot problem, but it’s also the one that the majority of people ignore.

How do I know for sure if I have a fungal nail infection?

Since other diseases may also cause toenail discolouration or thickening, it is best to have it assessed by a professional. A Registered Chiropodist can quickly determine whether you have a fungal infection and what treatment options are available.

It’s Sandal Season! What are my treatment options for fungal nail?

Will my fungal nail infection go away without treatment?

No, the chances of it clearing up on its own are very low.

Here are 7 solutions that will help you reduce the risk of getting a fungal nail infection in the first place:

  • Solution #1: Clean, dry feet resist disease. Wash your feet with soap and water, remembering to dry thoroughly, especially between your toes.
  • Solution #2: Shower shoes (or flip flops) should be worn whenever possible in public areas.
  • Solution #3: Shoes, socks, or hosiery should be changed daily.
  • Solution #4: Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  • Solution #5: Use a quality food powder with talcum, not cornstarch.
  • Solution #6: Wear shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  • Solution #7: Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to wick away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active lifestyles.

Learn more about onychomycosis (fungal nail) and talk to your Chiropodist during your next routine foot care appointment. We want to stamp out fungal nail infections forever!