Toenail fungus is a condition resulting from a bacterial infection in your toenail or a naturally occurring fungus that has manifested itself underneath the nail. Common symptoms include pain and/or a distortion in the shape of the nail, a thick and/or brittle structure, or an abnormal change in color. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of toenail fungus in Atlanta, your best option is to visit Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia for appropriate treatment.
It is often difficult to determine the precise cause of toenail fungus, although the common cause is any form of trauma occurring to your toenail. Trauma may include a one-time event, such as dropping a heavy object onto your toe, or progressive damage from wearing shoes that are too tight. When the nail or nail bed experiences damage, it allows fungus and bacteria to accumulate within the toenail and thus begin changing its appearance.
As your expert podiatrist, we offer a variety of treatment options based on the distinct form of fungal nails you are experiencing, the severity of the condition, and many other factors. Treatment options include topical medications, oral agents, a surgical removal of the toenail, as well as laser treatments.
A topical medication is essentially a medicinal nail polish, which you apply onto the affected nail based on the prescribed treatment schedule – usually once daily. We also recommend regularly filing down the nail to ensure a consistent application of this medicine, allowing it to better penetrate and eliminate the bacteria.
An oral agent is a prescription pill that you must take on a daily basis, typically for several months. While this treatment option has been proven as effective, it does have a set of potential side effects which should be monitored through routine blood work. We will gladly discuss this treatment in more detail during your initial consultations.
Surgically removing the affected toenail is the most aggressive option, as it eliminates the fungus all at once. However, it may take up to a year for your nail to fully grow back, and we cannot guarantee that the bacteria will not return if your new nail is exposed to the same conditions as what originally caused the problem.
A laser treatment is a revolutionary option, growing in popularity across the United States in recent years, as it is the safest and least time-consuming treatment for fungal nails. We simply shine a specialized laser through your toenail, effectively destroying the infection-causing parasite beneath. Although this treatment is still in its early stages, studies show astounding success rates. We are proud to be the only podiatric practice in Georgia offering the laser treatment, which you can learn more about on our LaserNails page.
Seeking Treatment for Fungal Nails?
At Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia, our team of podiatrists specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of fungal nails, and thus we will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. It is very important to seek treatment promptly, as severe cases may permanently damage your toenail and cause other serious health conditions.
Once the bunion surgery is complete, we will place a sterile dressing onto the affected foot. You must not make any modifications to the dressing until a post-surgery appointment with your podiatrist. Although your foot will be placed into a protective shoe, you must avoid walking until otherwise specified.
You will be instructed to wear supportive athletic shoes a few weeks following the surgery. We recommend decreasing the strain level of your activities to reduce pain and potential swelling. To ensure a smooth recovery process, we also recommend foot elevation, ice, and extensive rest.
Speak with a Specialist Today!
If you suspect that you have fungal nails in Atlanta, GA, please do not hesitate to contact one of our professional podiatrists. Simply dial 404-351-5015 or fill out our convenient contact form to schedule your appointment.