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First Sign of Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Toenail fungus is a common foot condition. It is unsightly and contagious and is caused by a fungus that lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. Places such as public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors are examples of where this type of fungus can live. It is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, in addition to refraining from sharing socks, shoes, and towels. One of the first signs toenail fungus is developing is often a white spot on the nail. If prompt treatment is not received, the nail can become thick and brittle and may crumble and fall off. This condition often begins with the big toenail, and can gradually spread to the other nails. It may also spread to the skin on the feet, possibly indicating athlete's foot may have started. If you see the beginning signs of toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can offer you the correct treatment options, which may include prescribed medication.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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