San Juan Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Montrose, CO & Delta, CO

Foot and nail fungus can be uncomfortable and ruin the appearance of your feet. Proper diagnosis and treatment of foot and nail fungus at San Juan Foot and Ankle in Montrose and Delta, Colorado, can help. Podiatrist Christopher O. Cook, DPM, FACFAS has been helping locals with fungus issues for over 15 years. Get reliable and effective care by scheduling a visit online or calling to book now.

Fungus Q & A

What causes foot and nail fungus?

Fungus typically lives in dark, warm, moist environments like the inside of a shoe, shower, or locker room. Under the right circumstances, exposure to fungus can cause it to grow on your feet and spread to your toenails.

Most foot fungus is caused by tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot. In some cases, athlete’s foot can spread to the nails — where it is called tinea unguium — and cause symptoms. In other cases, toenail fungus can come from other types of fungus and molds.

Some things can put you at a higher risk of developing foot and nail fungus, including:

  • Exposure to athlete’s foot in a pool, shower, or locker room
  • Pre-existing nail dystrophy
  • Older age
  • Male sex
  • Peripheral vascular disease or diabetes
  • Immunocompromise

Proper foot care, including keeping your feet clean and dry, airing out your shoes, and wearing sandals around a communal pool or locker room, can help prevent the development of foot and nail fungus.

What are the signs of foot and nail fungus?

Dr. Cook can identify foot and nail fungus based on their location and appearance. In some cases, fungus may cause itching and discomfort, whereas other causes only demonstrate a change in the appearance of your skin or nails.

Foot fungus

Foot fungus causes itchy, dry, scaling skin. It is often located on the soles of the feet and between the toes. If severe, it can cause cracks and blisters and may spread to the toenails or lead to a skin infection.

Nail fungus

Nail fungus typically appears as patches of white or yellow discoloration and deformity on a toenail. The nail may become thicker and may separate from the nail bed underneath.

If you suspect foot or nail fungus, visit San Juan Foot and Ankle Center for proper diagnosis and effective treatment options.

How are foot and nail fungus diagnosed?

During your visit, your doctors examine your feet to determine the appearance and location of the fungus. Then your doctors collect a small tissue sample, either scraping off a patch of flaky skin or clipping your toenail. This sample is tested to determine which type of fungus is present.

Based on this information, your doctors determine your diagnosis and recommend an appropriate treatment option.

What is the treatment for foot and nail fungus?

Depending on the type and location of the fungus, your doctors may prescribe an oral antifungal medication or a topical antifungal cream to apply to the affected area. If your case is mild, your doctors may recommend an at-home treatment regimen to keep your feet clean and dry and avoid spreading the fungus to others.

Get effective foot and nail fungus treatment from Dr. Cook at San Juan Foot and Ankle Center. Call or schedule your visit online now.

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