Fungal Toenail Treatment at Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome

Fungal toenails, also known as onychomycosis, are a common condition where a fungus infects the toenail, leading to discoloration, thickening, and often a brittle or crumbly appearance. It can cause discomfort and embarrassment. The Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome specializes in treating fungal toenails, offering a range of
treatments from topical medications to advanced laser therapy, aimed at eliminating the fungus and restoring the health and appearance of your nails.

Understanding Fungal Toenails:

Fungal toenail infections are caused by various fungal organisms, with dermatophytes being the most common. Yeasts and molds can also infect the nails. The infection can spread from one toenail to others and is known for being particularly stubborn to treat due to the slow growth rate of toenails.

Causes of Fungal Toenails:

  • Warm, Moist Environments: Fungi thrive in warm, damp conditions, making showers, gyms, and swimming pools common places to contract the infection.
  • Age: Older adults are more susceptible due to decreased blood flow, slower nail growth, and more years of exposure to fungi.
  • Sweaty Feet: Excessive sweating can create an ideal environment for fungal growth.
  • Minor Nail Injuries: Small cuts or separations between the nail and nail bed can allow fungi to enter.
  • Diabetes: People with diabetes are at higher risk due to reduced blood circulation to the feet.

Our Treatments for Fungal Toenails:

  • Topical Antifungal Medications: Creams, lotions, or nail lacquers applied directly to the nail.
  • Oral Antifungal Drugs: Pills that help a new nail grow free of infection, slowly replacing the infected part.
  • Medicated Nail Polish: Prescription antifungal nail polish called ciclopirox (Penlac).
  • Medicated Nail Creams: Creams that are rubbed into the nails after soaking.

Advanced Treatments:

  • Laser Therapy: A non-invasive treatment that uses laser light to destroy the fungus without damaging the nail or surrounding skin.

Why Choose Our Center in Rome, GA?

At the Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome, we utilize the latest advancements in technology and treatment protocols to effectively combat fungal toenail infections. Our team of specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care, ensuring patients
achieve the best possible outcomes with treatments suited to their specific needs.


Q: How can I prevent fungal toenail infections?
A: Preventative measures include keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, using antifungal sprays or powders, and avoiding going barefoot in public places.

Q: Are fungal toenail infections contagious?
A: Yes, the infection can spread from nail to nail and person to person. It’s important to take precautions in shared spaces and not share nail tools or footwear.

Q: How long does it take to see results from treatment?
A: Treatment success and duration vary depending on the method and severity of the infection. It may take several months to a year for a new, healthy nail to grow.

Q: Can fungal toenail infections return after treatment?
A: Recurrence is possible, especially without ongoing preventive measures. Maintaining good foot hygiene and regular check-ups can help manage the risk.

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