Onychomycosis, a fungal infection that affects both toenails and fingernails, can lead to thickening, discoloration, deformation, and splitting of the nails. While it may initially seem like a primarily cosmetic issue, without intervention, it can cause the nails to become excessively thick, resulting in pressure, irritation, and pain as they press against the inside of shoes.
Typically, onychomycosis doesn’t present noticeable symptoms. Individuals often seek treatment primarily for cosmetic reasons rather than due to pain. However, if left untreated, the condition can progress and interfere with activities like standing, walking, and exercising.
Diagnosing onychomycosis is often based on its distinctive appearance. However, there are other conditions and infections that can produce similar nail changes. Therefore, confirming onychomycosis often requires laboratory tests before initiating treatment. It’s important to note that treatments for this condition can be prolonged, costly, and may carry associated health risks.
Certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing onychomycosis, including family history, advancing age, compromised health, previous nail trauma, regular use of communal showers (e.g., at fitness clubs), and habitual use of footwear that inhibits proper airflow.
Treatment options vary based on the individual and the severity of the condition. It’s recommended to discuss with your doctor which treatments are most suitable for your specific situation.
If you are dealing with hammertoes, seeking help promptly is crucial, as they won’t heal without treatment. Treatment options include changing footwear, padding corns and calluses, trimming them, using custom orthotics, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and splinting the affected toe. In more severe cases, surgery may be recommended.
You don’t need to endure the discomfort of hammertoes. Contact our office today, and we can start your journey towards effective treatment!