A problem with your toenails can make it uncomfortable to get through your normal daily routines. Residents of Gramercy Park, New York City, and the surrounding area have access to a highly skilled podiatrist, Ramin Zaghi, DPM, who offers comprehensive care for all parts of your feet, including your toenails. Scheduling an appointment is as simple as a phone call or a visit to the online booking page.
Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, occurs when a fungal organism, mold, or yeast is able to enter the tissue of your toenails and begins to multiply. Anyone can develop toenail fungus, but older adults encounter these infections more frequently than younger men and women.
Symptoms include toenails that are thicker than normal, brittle, foul-smelling, crumbling, or have a white, yellow, or brown color. A fungal infection might only affect one toenail, or could spread to other nails and even to your fingernails.
Treatment options range from medicated nail polish and creams to oral antifungal medications. In advanced cases, surgery offers the best path to clearing out all traces of a fungal infection.
Your toenails, just like your fingernails, grow slowly, eventually extending outward from your nail bed and toward the edge of your toe. If the direction of that growth shifts even slightly, the sides of your toenails can begin to push down into the flesh at the sides of your nails.
This can be painful, and can even lead to an infection or open sore. Some people only experience an ingrown toenail once or twice, while others have ingrown toenail symptoms virtually all the time.
Symptoms include pain and tenderness at one or both sides of the toenail. You might also notice redness and swelling in the skin at the sides of the affected nail and even discharge of fluid if an infection develops.
Mild ingrown toenails can be treated by trimming your nails in a straight-across pattern and keeping them at a moderate length. Be sure to choose shoes that don’t place undue pressure on your toenails. If your ingrown toenail is severe, the nail may need to be lifted or fully or partially removed.
If issues with your toenails are causing pain or preventing you from going about your normal daily routines, scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist can help. During your visit with Dr. Zaghi, you’ll learn what caused your condition and how you can prevent a recurrence in the future.
You’ll also learn the pros and cons of various treatment options. Patient education is a central part of Dr. Zaghi’s practice, and he takes the time to make sure you have all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.
Call the office today to book a face-to-face visit with Dr. Zaghi. You’re also welcome to call or stop by to speak with a member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.