The Development of Toenail Fungus
One day you look down at your toes and notice that something just isn't quite right. Maybe the color is dark tan, brown or even greenish. Maybe the nails aren't growing normally or look brittle and chipped. Maybe the nail is lifting from the bed and you don't understand why.
These symptoms may be a sign of a toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis. Luckily, it's a condition that is easily treatable at Palm Beach Podiatry -- a Boynton Beach, FL podiatrist office.
Where Does Foot Fungus Come From?
A normal toenail bed is about the color of the bottom of your foot. When the nail grows beyond the bed, it is strong and has a healthy-looking off-white color.
Fungus is a growth that can attack the nail and eat away at the area between the nail and its bed. The most common type of toenail fungus is Trichophyton rubrum. It comes from exposing the feet and toenails to moist environments – mostly public places like gym showers or walking around barefoot outside in the rain. Some athletes catch toenail fungus from wearing wet, soggy shoes and socks for an extended period of time.
What Are My Toenail Fungus Treatment options?
You really don't want to let toenail fungus get out of control -- especially when you live in Palm Beach! When you want to show off your toes, the signs and effects of fungus growth can put a damper on your plans. Toenail fungus starts at the tip of the nail and works its way down into the bed, lifting the nail up.
The qualified Boynton Beach, FL foot specialists at Palm Beach Podiatry have a variety of treatment options to clear up foot fungus. The treatment may include debridement, which is removal of the affected nail matter and taking medications (topical or oral) to stop the fungus in its tracks.
Once your toenail fungus problem is cleared up, it's important to ensure that it doesn't come back in the future. Now that you know where it comes from you can avoid repeating the behaviors that may have caused it in the past. Here are a few maintenance tips:
- Always cover your feet before walking outside and keep them in slippers when walking around inside.
- If you shower in public places, like gyms and dorm bathrooms, never do so with bare feet. Wear flip-flops and dry them off completely with a clean towel.
- When you finish a long workout that causes your feet to sweat, remove your wet socks immediately after and clean them up. Don’t walk around wearing the sweaty socks and shoes all day.
Contact Palm Beach Podiatry for assistance with your toenail fungus problem at (561) 734-3100. Their qualified Boynton Beach, FL foot and toenail specialists can help you get your feet ready for flip flops and fun in the sun.