Fungal Toenails

Fungal Toenails - Pivot Podiatry Thornton, NSW

Fungal toenail infections (called onychomycosis) occur when fungal spores present on your feet and environment around you build up on and under your toenail.

Fungus grows best in warm and moist environment, hence infections more often present on toenails than your fingernails.

Common signs of onychomycosis are nails that are discoloured (white or yellow), thickened, crumbly and splitting.

Onychomycosis may not cause you any symptoms, though you are encouraged to treat the fungal infection if; your nails become too thickened or sore, you want to avoid the infection spreading to family members, or you are unhappy with your nails appearance.

Why We Get Fungal Toenails

Fungal spores present under your nail will continue to grow if presented with a warm and moist environment, such as pools, socks, shoes showers and public changing rooms. 

Fungal spores present under your nail will continue to grow if presented with a warm and moist environment, such as pools, socks, shoes showers and public changing rooms. 

If your symptoms are small white spots, the infection is only on a small portion of your nail and most effective time to resolve your infection.
Nail creams and lacquers work on the nail they can penetrate, so a thicker nail with a larger white and yellow spots is less likely to let the lacquer penetrate it, so harder to clear the fungal spores.

Is it a fungal toenail or a thickened toenail?

A thickened toenail may occur on your foot due to one of numerous nail conditions.

Psoriasis, onychorrhexis (ridges in nail), haematoma (bruising on nail from trauma) and melanoma are some alternative causes of thickened and discoloured toenails.

Our team will provide a thorough assessment and diagnose your nail condition, sometimes a nail clipping can be sent to a laboratory to confirm the diagnosis. These assessments ensure you and your feet receive the best treatment available.