Nail fungus not only causes toenails to look unsightly, but also causes pain due to the subsequent infections. Come visit our podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Drapacz, DPM, to check your toes at the New York Foot Experts, at any one of our three locations: 65 Broadway Suite 1103, New York, NY 10006, 360 West 125th St Suite 7, New York, NY 10027 or 469 7th Ave Suite 601, New York, NY 10018.
Toenail Fungus is the development of fungus in the bed of the toenail or on the actual toenail. This condition destroys the toenails which are integral in protecting the soft tissue underneath them. Toenails become thickened and yellow. The fungus spreads easily to other parts of the body. It can spread to areas in between the toes and eventually cause athlete’s foot. When the fungus grows deeper, the toenail may actually fall off due to the damage caused by the fungus.
The type of fungus that causes this condition thrives in warm and moist settings and can be found in public pools and showers. Those who have cracked nails or cuts in the skin will be more prone to contracting this condition which can lead to infection. Treating toenail fungus is complicated by the fact that the nails and nail beds have more limited blood supplies than other areas of the body, making it harder for the immune system to fight off the infection effectively.
Treatment involves the use of topical antifungal medicines on the infected sites as well as oral medications. Sometimes a small scraping of material near the toenail can confirm the diagnosis prior to treatment.
For stubborn cases, we use Clearanail®, a new technology that can penetrate the toe's nail plate so that topical treatments are more effective when applied. Clearanail® is an "intelligent" nail drill that creates micro-pathways in affected toenails. The skin underneath is not touched and the procedure is safe and painless. Topical medications can then get to the infection for the most effective treatment.
Early treatment of fungal nail is necessary to stop the infection. Since this condition gets worse over time, please call us now at 212-385-0801 rather than wait for your condition to get even more painful before seeking medical attention.