Finding out what is wrong with your feet can be like cavers investigating a shaft or sinkhole, looking for virgin passages and tunnels. There are plenty of people in southwest Ontario, by the way, who love to spend their weekends scrabbling around in damp, muddy tunnels in hopes of a new discovery. Good luck to them! You don’t have to go that far to discover the explanation for your funny-looking toenails, however. We suspect that it is an infection, and that laser for fungal nails is your best treatment option.
How did your nails get infected? It’s pretty easy, actually. The fungus (a type called dermatophytes) lives just about anywhere, and if you go barefoot at all, it doesn’t take much for it to settle in under your nail and set up house. There are things you can do to head off the problem, such as:
- wearing shower shoes at the pool, sauna, or locker room
- washing and drying your feet well each day
- not using other people’s towels or pedicure tools
- wearing shoes that breathe and socks that keep your feet dry
- avoiding injury to your toes with shoes that fit properly
- using antifungal products on your feet and in your shoes
It also helps to keep close watch on your nails. The fungus usually starts with a small whitish spot near the tip, and that is the best time to catch it. At this point topical treatments may have a good chance of success—before the fungus burrows in under the nail. However, once it has spread, the optimal treatment is laser therapy.
Laser for fungal nails is quick, simple, painless, and safe. Concentrated light beams of a certain spectrum are targeted to focus under the nail at the level where the fungus lives. The alien tissue is heated by the light waves, which destroy it without damaging the good tissue around it. You trim away the damaged nail as it grows out and the healthy keratin replaces it. You may need several treatments for a determined fungus, but after a few months, your nails should be attractive and fungus-free again.
Don’t fall into a trough of despair about your embarrassing toenail problem. Call Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON, at (705) 444-9929 for diagnosis and set up an appointment. You’ll be glad you discovered this easy treatment method!
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