Fungal Nails

Podiatry located in Edina and Burnsville, MN

Fungal Nails

Fungal Nails services offered in Edina and Burnsville, MN

Fungal nails affect about 10% of people in the United States, and your risk of developing this stubborn infection increases as you age. When over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal medications fail to improve your fungal nails, the podiatrists at Pinnacle Foot & Ankle Clinics can help. They take an individualized approach to care, developing plans that give you the best results. Call the office in Edina or Burnsville, Minnesota, or book an appointment online today for help with your fungal nails.

Fungal Nails Q&A

What are fungal nails?

Fungal nails are an infection that changes the look and structure of your nails. Though this infection can affect the nails on the hands and feet, it’s most often seen in the toenails.

Onychomycosis, the medical term for toenail fungus, is a fungal infection that grows underneath the toenail.

Fungal nails can spread to other nails or cause problems like foot pain that makes it hard to walk.

What causes fungal nails?

You develop fungal nails when you come into contact with the fungus when walking barefoot in damp areas like the local pool or gym locker room. The fungus finds its way under the nail bed through a toe injury or excess pressure on the nail by your shoes.

People with chronic health conditions like diabetes, poor circulation, and immunodeficiency are at greater risk of developing fungal nails. Older adults are also more likely to get fungal nails.

When should I see a podiatrist for fungal nails?

It’s possible to have fungal nails for years and not show any symptoms. However, you should see a podiatrist for fungal nails if you have an infection that causes:

  • Thickened toenails
  • Toenail discoloration
  • Crumbly nails
  • Foul odor
  • Foot pain
  • Difficulty walking

The team also recommends that you come in for fungal nail treatment if you have a health condition that puts you at risk of developing complications from the infection. Those health conditions include diabetes and neuropathy.

You also benefit from professional help for your fungal nails if over-the-counter (OTC) treatments fail to get rid of your infection.

The team evaluates your toenails, takes a sample of the nail, and sends it to the lab to determine which infection you have.

What treatments can improve my fungal nails?

The Pinnacle Foot & Ankle Clinics team customizes your fungal nail treatment to your infection, how severe it is, and your medical history.

Treatment can include:

  • Prescription topical antifungal creams
  • Oral antifungal medication
  • Debridement (removal of dead skin on the affected toe)

The team might also suggest temporarily removing the nail so they can apply antifungal medication directly to the nail bed. For recurring painful infections, the team might recommend permanent removal of the toenail.

Call the nearest Pinnacle Foot & Ankle Clinics office or schedule an appointment online today to get help for your fungal nails.