Toenail Fungus Specialist

Parkchester Family Podiatry -  - Podiatry

Parkchester Family Podiatry

Podiatry located in Bronx, NY

Medically called onychomycosis, toenail fungus causes your nails to chip, split, and flake away, all while turning yellow. If you’re experiencing a toenail fungus outbreak, contact Asima Chaudhry, DPM, and Richard Steiner, DPM, at Parkchester Family Podiatry PC in the Bronx today. The podiatrists provide up-to-date fungal nail infections, so you can experience fast and effective relief. Click on the online scheduling tool to book your toenail fungus evaluation or call the New York City office today.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Aside from ingrown toenails, fungal nails are one of the most common nail issues podiatrists treat. This type of infection occurs when tiny fungal organisms sneak into your nail bed. 

These organisms quickly spread if they’re in an area that’s dark, moist, and warm — hence why your feet are so desirable.

Toenail fungus causes your toenails to become thicker, or even brittle and flaky. This condition is also known for causing your toenails to turn yellowish or brownish, which can become unsightly. 

Even though toenail fungus isn’t a major health concern — it can be if you’re prone to infection, as with diabetes — it’s still important to have it properly treated. Toenail fungus can become so severe, your toenails fall off over time, which can cause severe pain. 

What are the causes of toenail fungus?

Who gets toenail fungus depends on a number of factors. After all, it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid fungal organisms. If your immune system is strong, you can probably fight off microscopic invaders and never develop issues with fungal nails.

But if your immune system is weak or if you have poor blood circulation, you risk struggling with stubborn fungal nail issues. Your risk is also higher if you:

  • Use communal showers, like in the gym locker room
  • Have a history of athlete’s foot
  • Have nail trauma or injury

The sooner you come in to Parkchester Family Podiatry PC for an evaluation when symptoms occur, the easier your toenail fungus is to treat. Don’t hesitate to call the office if you’re noticing changes in your nails. 

How does a podiatrist treat toenail fungus?

Your dedicated podiatrist at Parkchester Family Podiatry PC can usually diagnose fungal nails on the spot by examining your feet. 

After evaluating the severity of your toenail fungus infection, your podiatrist educates you about which nail treatments are going to work best for your condition. Common toenail fungus treatments include:

  • Medicated antifungal nail polish
  • Antifungal ointments or creams
  • Oral antifungal medications

Occasionally, removing the seriously infected toenail (or toenails) is important. But this is typically the last resort if your fungal infection seems resistant to conservative therapies.  

Resolve your toenail fungus infection by booking an exam at Parkchester Family Podiatry PC today. You can conveniently book your appointment either online or over the phone.