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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Getting Help for Fungal Toenails | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Getting Help for Fungal Toenails
 

A fungal toenail develops when microscopic fungi get underneath the nail and infect the skin and nail bed. As it grows and spreads, the toenail begins to discolor, then thicken and start to crumble around the edges. Many times, patients come to Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists to treat this condition because of the unattractive appearance of the toenail. However, fungal toenail infections, (also known as onychomycosis) have far more serious consequences. As the nail thickens, it forces the toe to press up against the inside of the shoe, causing pain and irritation. Over time and if left untreated, the abnormal thickening can increase to the point where standing and walking are quite painful.

Causes of Fungal Toenails

The fungus that causes the infection is spread by direct contact. Certain actions increase the chances of contracting the infection. These include: using communal showers, like at the gym; walking barefoot in damp public places, such as in beachside changing areas and around town pools; sharing socks or footwear; and being exposed to pedicure tools that are not properly sanitized. Other factors that put one at higher risk for fungal toenail infections are heredity, aging, certain diseases or health issues, and a trauma to the toe.

Treatment

Fungal nail infections require prompt medical attention. The first step is making an appointment with one of our board certified podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo. While easily identifiable to a professional podiatrist, there are other conditions that present with symptoms similar to onychomycosis. Generally a lab test is needed to confirm the diagnosis. Once the foot doctor is certain that you have a fungal infection and has assessed the severity of it, a treatment plan will be determined for you. Common treatment options include oral or topical anti-fungal medications, and debridement (cleaning out the infected material from the nail). In severe cases, a partial or complete removal of the infected nail may be necessary.

If you suspect you have a fungal nail infection or have other questions about your toes or feet, contact our Aberdeen office for answers or to arrange a consultation.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Getting Help for Fungal Toenails, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen