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About Fungal Nails

Toenail fungus is a condition resulting from a bacterial infection in your toenail or a naturally occurring fungus that has manifested itself underneath the nail. Common symptoms include pain and/or a distortion in the shape of the nail, a thick and/or brittle structure, or an abnormal change in color. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of toenail fungus, your best option is to visit Ankle & Foot Centers of America for appropriate treatment.

Fungal Nails

It is often difficult to determine the precise cause of toenail fungus, although the common cause is any form of trauma occurring to your toenail. Trauma may include a one-time event, such as dropping a heavy object onto your toe, or progressive damage from wearing shoes that are too tight. When the nail or nail bed experiences damage, it allows fungus and bacteria to accumulate within the toenail and thus begin changing its appearance.

As your expert podiatrist, we offer a variety of treatment options based on the distinct form of fungal nails you are experiencing, the severity of the condition, and many other factors. Treatment options include topical medications, oral agents, a surgical removal of the toenail, as well as laser treatments.

A topical medication is essentially a medicinal nail polish, which you apply onto the affected nail based on the prescribed treatment schedule – usually once daily. We also recommend regularly filing down the nail to ensure a consistent application of this medicine, allowing it to better penetrate and eliminate the bacteria.

An oral agent is a prescription pill that you must take on a daily basis, typically for several months. While this treatment option has been proven as effective, it does have a set of potential side effects which should be monitored through routine blood work. We will gladly discuss this treatment in more detail during your initial consultations.

Surgically removing the affected toenail is the most aggressive option, as it eliminates the fungus all at once. However, it may take up to a year for your nail to fully grow back, and we cannot guarantee that the bacteria will not return if your new nail is exposed to the same conditions as what originally caused the problem.

A laser treatment is a revolutionary option, growing in popularity across the United States in recent years, as it is the safest and least time-consuming treatment for fungal nails. We simply shine a specialized laser through your toenail, effectively destroying the infection-causing parasite beneath. Although this treatment is still in its early stages, studies show astounding success rates. We are proud to be the only podiatric practice in America offering the laser treatment, which you can learn more about on our LaserNails page.

Seeking Treatment for Fungal Nails?

At Ankle & Foot Centers of America, our team of podiatrists specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of fungal nails, and thus we will create a treatment plan based on your individual needs. It is very important to seek treatment promptly, as severe cases may permanently damage your toenail and cause other serious health conditions.

Jenna Kemp
Jenna Kemp
2023-12-12
I've posted a review a few times and can't seem to find them! Dr. Monaco is by far the best podiatrist there is! I had been seeing another podiatrist in Columbus, who'd done 3 surgeries, all 3 messing my foot up worse, with the 3rd one leaving my first and second toes in the shape of a peace sign! I was constantly told by the previous podiatrist that everything was fine and lined up the way it was supposed to be. I had my first surgery with Dr. Monaco in August and it was the best decision I've made! She is by far the best! Truly compassionate about what she does! Very knowledgeable! Truly cares about her patients! If you're in need of a podiatrist give Dr. Monaco q call! ❤️
James Tully
James Tully
2023-11-21
Very pleasant staff, great doctor.
Charlotte Carter
Charlotte Carter
2023-11-17
Very competent and comfortable doctor ! The staff is friendly and helpful ! Best Podiatrist I've ever been to !
Christopher G
Christopher G
2023-10-31
I was very impressed with Dr. Monaco this was my first visit. All the office staff was so nice as well as my nurse. I had came to Dr Monaco after being very unhappy with the prior Dr I had seen for my ankle injury. Dr. Monaco was very through with her exam and I think I finally got a good idea of what my issue is. Although I do need some further imaging test. Overall I am so glad I decided to see her, I didn't feel rushed at all and she answered all my questions. I'm sure I will have several more visits with her and overall I am well pleased. I highly recommend her to anyone who's having any foot or ankle issues.
George Rindfleisch
George Rindfleisch
2022-10-24
A very positive experience. To be seen by a qualified professional who gets to the heart of your problem quickly and in a friendly manner is always a plus in my book.
BRYAN CARROLL
BRYAN CARROLL
2022-10-24
Dr. D’Amico is always a pleasure to see. She is a blessing. Thank you Dr. D.
J Marie
J Marie
2022-09-15
Staff promot and cordial. Provider took time to explain details of what I was there for and very pleasant to speak with.

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