Nail Fungus Specialist

Desert Foot & Ankle

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

With nail fungus, not only can your nails become discolored, your nails can become brittle and start crumbling away. At Desert Foot and Ankle in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, you can receive clinical-grade nail fungus treatments to effectively resolve nail fungus and improve the health of your nails, right in the office. Book your nail fungus evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling either location directly.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What causes nail fungus?

Nail fungus infections stem from a variety of fungal organisms that are found in your environment. These fungi thrive in moist, dark areas, like gym locker rooms or pool decks. Needless to say, if you walk barefoot in these locations, your risk of developing a fungal nail infection increases.

Other factors increase your risk of developing toenail fungus, too. Your chances of having toenail fungus go up dramatically if you have:

  • Diabetes
  • History of athlete’s foot
  • Reduced blood flow
  • Weakened immune system
  • Chronic skin inflammation, possibly from psoriasis

Anyone of any age can develop toenail fungus, but your chances are elevated if you’re older partially because your nails grow more slowly.

How do I know if I have nail fungus?

Nail fungus starts as a little white or yellow discoloration at the tips of your toenails, but as the fungal infection goes deeper, it starts changing the overall shape and texture of your toenails. Fungal nails can also lead to:

  • Thickened nails
  • Brittle nails
  • Foul odor
  • Distorted nails
  • Yellow to brown discoloration

Plus, if you have a fungal infection in your toenails, picking at your nails can cause the infection to spread to your fingernails. Before your case of fungal nails worsens or spreads, book an evaluation with the expert podiatry team at Desert Foot and Ankle.

What is the treatment for nail fungus?

Fungal infections can be stubborn and very difficult to treat on your own. This is why it’s so important to have a podiatrist evaluate your case of nail fungus and find the best possible solution for your specific infection. Your nail fungus treatment plan from Desert Foot and Ankle may include:

  • Oral antifungal drugs
  • Medicated nail polish
  • Prescription-strength topical antifungal creams

If you have a severe fungal nail infection though, your dedicated podiatrist might recommend removing the affected nails. Toenail removal allows your podiatrist to treat delicate skin tissue directly, so you can finally get effective relief from lingering fungal infections.

Before living another day with nail fungus, get started on treatment at Desert Foot and Ankle. Schedule your nail fungus evaluation online or over the phone.