Fungal Toenails

Fungal Toenail Infections: Understanding and Treatment

Fungal toenail infections, medically known as onychomycosis, are not only a common but also a frustrating condition that affects individuals of all ages. Characterized by unsightly, sometimes painful nails, this condition stems from the invasion of dermatophytes, yeast, and molds under the nail bed. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and effective treatment options can help manage this condition and restore the health and appearance of your nails.

Causes of Fungal Toenail Infections

Fungal toenail infections can originate from several sources:

  • Athlete’s Foot: An infection of the skin, known as tinea pedis, often spreads to the nails.
  • Trauma: Injury to the nail can make it more susceptible to fungal invasion.
  • Excessive Friction: Constant rubbing or tight footwear can damage the nail, allowing fungi to enter.
  • Pedicures: Improper sterilization of pedicure tools can introduce fungal spores to the nails.

Recognizing the Symptoms

The symptoms of fungal toenail infections include:

  • Discoloration: Nails may turn yellow, brown, or white.
  • Thickening: Infected nails can become thick and difficult to trim.
  • Pain: In severe cases, the infection may cause discomfort or pain, especially when wearing shoes.

Diagnosis and Professional Evaluation

A foot and ankle surgeon can accurately diagnose fungal toenail infections through clinical examination and, if necessary, histological analysis. Differentiating fungal infections from other nail disorders is crucial for effective treatment.

Advanced Treatment Options

At Podiatrist Austin, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to the severity of the infection and the patient’s preferences:

  • Topical Treatments: Antifungal creams or polishes are applied directly to the nail.
  • Oral Medications: Systemic treatment that targets the infection from within.
  • Laser Therapy: We are proud to be the first podiatry practice in Texas to offer the FDA-approved Genesis Plus laser system. This advanced treatment eliminates toenail fungus in as little as one visit, using a targeted laser to heat and destroy the pathogens responsible for the infection. The procedure is quick, taking less than 15 minutes, and most patients experience only a warm sensation without pain.

Preventing Future Infections

Prevention is key to avoiding recurrent fungal toenail infections:

  • Foot Hygiene: Maintain clean, dry feet to discourage fungal growth.
  • Proper Footwear: Wear well-fitting shoes made of breathable materials and avoid sharing footwear.
  • Regular Inspections: Monitor your nails for any signs of re-infection, especially if you have had fungal toenail infections in the past.

Ready to step out with healthy, clear toenails?

Don’t let fungal toenails hold you back any longer. Schedule a consultation with us today and let our expert podiatrists help you find the best treatment option for your needs. Say goodbye to fungal toenails and hello to healthier, happier feet. Contact us now to get started! With the right approach, including advanced laser therapy, you can eliminate the fungus and enjoy healthier, more attractive nails. Don’t let fungal infections hold you back from wearing your favorite open-toed shoes; seek professional care and take the first step toward fungal-free toenails.

Office Hours

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mon & Wed
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tue & Thu
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM Friday
Click For Location Hours


Austin Foot & Ankle Center
9012 Research Boulevard #C-13
Austin, TX 78758

(512) 450-0101

Austin Foot & Ankle Center – South
5920 W William Cannon Dr. Bld 6
Suite 140, Austin, TX 78749

(512) 336-8909

The Domain Area Location
11824 Jollyville Rd Ste 101
Austin, TX 78759

(512) 335-1800