At DPM Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Tuscan, we treat a variety of different toenail fungi for men and women. One of the most common fungi we see in our facility is onychomycosis, or black toenail fungus. As a highly contagious condition, onychomycosis accounts for more than twenty percent of all nail diseases.
What is Onychomycosis?
An infection of the nails caused by fungus, onychomycosis symptoms can include a thickening or hardening of the nails and a yellow discoloration. While the infection can affect both the fingernails and toenails, it is prominently found to occur in the toenails. The reasons for this are not entirely clear, however the toenails tend to grow at a slower pace, and prior fungal infections of the feet can make it easier for fungi to grow and spread. Since fungi thrive in warm and moist environments, closed toed shoes can make an ideal home for them. Walking barefoot in a hot and humid locker room can also increase your risk of black toenail fungus, so it’s always important to wear appropriate sandals or footwear.
Where Should I Go For A Diagnosis?
If you’re concerned about the health of your feet or think you could have onychomycosis, contact a professional to properly diagnose the situation. At DPM Podiatric Medicine & Surgery in Tuscan, our certified technicians will conduct a thorough examination of your toenail fungus, using innovative laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis. From there we can explore the various methods of treatment available, the most popular being our Genesis Plus Laser Treatment.
The Genesis Plus Laser Treatment safely and effectively treats toenail fungus and warts by targeting the direct source of the problem. This painless procedure emits tiny pulses of light that passes through your toenail to treat the fungus underneath. If you’re interested in learning more about how our laser treatments can help you, contact our office in Tuscan today!