Your toenails are the perfect place for fungus to grow. They're damp and warm and fungi can get in through cracks in your toenail or cuts on your skin. Treating your toenail fungus in Ridgefield, CT, with your podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, can keep it from spreading to your other toes.
Discolored Spot on Your Toenail
Possibly one of the first signs you'll get of a toenail fungal infection is a yellow or white spot on your toenail. The spot can spread to cover your whole toenail in time.
If you've eliminated other possible causes of the spot on your toenail such as injuries, then you should see your podiatrist at Advanced Foot Care Center, because it might be toenail fungus.
The Toenail Lifts From the Nail Bed
Your healthy toenail should be firmly attached to the nailed. Trauma can lift your toenail from its bed.
However, if your toenail begins lifting from the nail bed without previous trauma, you should be concerned. A visit to your podiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal, will determine if you have toenail fungus in Ridgefield, CT, so that you can commence treatment.
Thickening and Distortion of Toenail
As your toenail fungal infection progresses, it can cause structural changes. You might observe that your toenail gets thicker. It could also develop an odd shape or become warped.
A crumbling toenail is another sign of an advancing fungal infection. Around the edges of the infected toenail, especially the discolored parts might begin to crumble. You might also experience flaking in specific parts of your toenail.
Early-stage toenail fungus isn't usually painful. That's why self-examination is important because it helps you identify other signs before your condition advances.
Advanced toenail fungal infections can become painful and make wearing shoes uncomfortable. Walking can become painful for some patients with toenail fungus.
If you've seen some of these warning signs on your toenails, don't hesitate to reach out to your podiatrist. With the help of your podiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, you can diagnose and treat early and advanced toenail fungus in Ridgefield, CT. Call (203) 431-0048 to schedule your consultation today.