Fungal Nail Treatment

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

Onychomycosis, more commonly called fungal nails, can affect anyone of any age, although your risk is higher if you’re older or have poor circulation. If your nails are yellowed, discolored, or misshapen, schedule a fungal nail treatment at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, with offices in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, today. You can conveniently book an appointment online or you can call the office nearest you to speak with a team member.

Fungal Nail Treatment Q & A

Why do I have fungal nails?

Fungal nails develop when fungal organisms break through your toenail. These organisms thrive on the keratin in your nails and spread quickly when they’re in warm, dark, moist environments, which is why your feet are ideal.

It’s easy to come into contact with a fungal invader by walking barefoot in damp, communal areas like a locker room shower or swimming pool deck. If you’re generally healthy, you might be able to fight off the fungal organisms and never develop a fungal nail infection. But your risk of having fungal nails increases due to:

  • Poor circulation, as with diabetes
  • Weakened immune system
  • History of athlete’s foot
  • Older age

You might also struggle with a toenail fungal infection if you had one in the past and never had it properly treated.

Should I see a podiatrist for fungal nail treatment?

Yes. Even though you might come across countless fungal nail treatments at the drugstore, these over-the-counter remedies aren’t typically strong enough to fully destroy stubborn fungal organisms.

This is why it’s important to get your dedicated podiatrist at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers involved in your care from the very beginning. Otherwise, you might never fully get rid of your fungal nail infection.

The expert podiatry team encourage you to have a comprehensive fungal nail evaluation if your nails are:

  • Discolored, often white, yellow, or brown
  • Thin and crumbly, or thickened
  • Foul-smelling

These signs indicate that you likely have a toenail fungus infection, which can spread to all of your toenails, as well as your fingernails without proper treatment.

Is there an effective fungal nail treatment?

Yes. Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers offers the latest and most advanced evidence-based toenail fungus treatments available, so you can restore your healthier, clearer nails. Your fungal nail treatment plan can include:

  • Laser therapy
  • Antifungal spray
  • Oral antifungal drugs
  • Prescription-strength topical antifungal ointments

After starting your fungal nail treatment at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, fungal organisms are destroyed and your body starts creating healthier nails to replace damaged nails. Within a few months, depending on how quickly they grow, your nails should be fully restored.

Get started on your fungal nail treatment by booking an exam at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers. Schedule either online or over the phone with either clinic.