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Toenail Fungus Specialist

Tad Borland, DPM, MS -  - Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Step Right Podiatry

Tad Borland, DPM, MS

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Ambridge, PA

Even though it’s common and not typically a medical concern, toenail fungus can certainly make you feel uncomfortable about your feet. If you have signs of toenail fungus, or if your toenail fungus infection continues to come back, schedule an exam with Tad Borland, DPM, MS, at Step Right Podiatry today. You can either request an appointment online for this Ambridge, Pennsylvania, clinic or call the office directly.

Toenail Fungus

What causes toenail fungus?

Fungal organisms, most commonly dermatophytes, cause toenail fungus. Occasionally, yeast or mold can cause nail infections, which is why it’s important to never try to treat the infection on your own — you don’t know what’s causing it.

While toenail fungus can affect both men and women of any age, you’re more likely to struggle with this type of infection if you:

  • Have overly sweaty feet
  • Have a history of athlete’s foot
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Are older and have reduced blood flow
  • Walk barefoot in damp communal areas (like gym locker rooms)

You’re also more likely to struggle with a toenail fungus infection if you have a chronic skin condition such as psoriasis.

How do I know if I have toenail fungus?

Usually, you can tell that you have a toenail fungus infection because your nails start changing color. You could notice minor white spots and then, as the infection progresses, your nails might start yellowing. Toenail fungus can also cause your nails to:

  • Crumble or break easily
  • Become brittle or ragged
  • Have a foul odor

Over time, if left untreated, toenail fungus can even cause your nails to become thickened to the point where it becomes difficult to trim your nails. Before your fungal infection gets to that point, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Borland at Step Right Podiatry.

Which toenail fungus treatment is best?

Dr. Borland spends time diagnosing the cause of your toenail fungus so he can find the proper solution. He may take a small nail clipping sample to evaluate at the lab. Once Dr. Borland better understands what’s causing your toenail fungus infection, your treatment could include:

  • Prescription-strength topical creams
  • Oral antifungal medications
  • Medicated nail polish
  • Laser treatments

In severe cases, Dr. Borland may suggest removing the affected nail (or nails) entirely, so he can apply a prescription-strength medication directly to your underlying skin. This can also help if you’re in severe pain from a deep and lingering toenail fungus infection.

To book your toenail fungus evaluation at Step Right Podiatry, click on the online booking feature or call the clinic.