Risk Factors and Long-Term Dangers of Toenail Fungus

October 7, 2013 by Admin

Toenail fungus is the cause of more than half of all disfiguring nail problems, manifesting as a thickening of the nail along with discoloration and crumbling along the edges. As much as 8 percent of the population suffers from toenail fungus at some point in their lives.

A number of factors can lead to toenail fungal infection, but getting rid of it is very difficult. In fact, it is best to trust a qualified expert rather than to treat it with home remedies.

For treatment of toenail fungus and other foot and ankle problems, you want a top-notch foot doctor. In the Fort Lauderdale area, that’s Dr. Jay Rhodes. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, Call Us At 954-974-3535 Today!

Risk Factors for Toenail Fungus

There are many common causes of toenail infection. Risk factors include:

  • Moist working conditions
  • Constant and heavy perspiration
  • Walking barefoot in damp places, such as swimming pools and gyms
  • Previous infection to the nail or the surrounding skin
  • Lack of proper ventilation for the foot
  • Tight footwear
  • Diminished blood circulation

Long-Term Dangers of Untreated Fungal Infections

If the fungus is not treated, it can lead to more severe problems in the long run. Lesions can appear as well as infections in other parts of the body, rashes and itchiness. The toenail might detach from the nail bed and cause permanent damage.

It is important to get treatment as soon as symptoms appear.  A doctor will test to confirm fungal infection and begin treatment to fix it.

Other problems that a foot doctor can address include bunions, which are painful bumps that typically develop on the inside of the big toe and get worse over time, and Gout, a kind of painful, red swelling in the big toe, ankle or heel.

Ingrown toenails are another painful problem that develops when a toenail grows into the skin. Diabetic foot care is a particularly sensitive area of treatment, because it can be very dangerous. A person with diabetes risks permanent nerve damage to the foot from minor injuries, so it is important to get checked routinely.

For these kinds of problems as well as many other painful, uncomfortable or unusual conditions affecting the foot area, a quality foot doctor can recommend the right treatment. Dr. Jay Rhodes is a Diplomat awarded by National Board of Podiatry Examiners and has been treating patients in the Fort Lauderdale area for years.

We welcome you to visit our website, FootPain1.com, to read patient testimonials. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, Call Us At 954-974-3535 Today!

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