Nail fungus is a condition that occurs when a microscopic fungus enters one or more nails. This condition often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis, which is commonly referred to as athlete’s foot. As the nail fungus penetrates deeper into the nail, it may cause the nail to discolor, thicken, and develop crumbling edges- an unsightly and potentially painful problem.
The causative pathogens of toenail fungus include dermatophytes (organisms that feed on dead skin and nails), Candida (a classification of yeast), and mold. These microscopic organisms typically thrive in dark, warm, and moist environments. The insides of shoes are a perfect environment to harbor fungal organisms.
The feet are more often neglected in personal grooming than with other parts of the body, thus regular preventative care should be taken as part of one's daily regimen.
At Gotham Footcare we will properly diagnose the cause of toenail problems with a simple nail biopsy to confirm under microscopic evaluation the potential presence of a fungal infection. Treatment of this condition will then depend on the type of organism causing the infection, severity of the infection and overall health status of the patient.
We will initially remove as much of the affected nails as possible by trimming, filling, and mechanically debriding the nail to a more normal thickness and appearance. Medicated antifungal nail lacquer may be prescribed for a localized mild to moderate infection. Prescription oral antifungal medications may be prescribed for a more serious infection.
At Gotham Footcare we take pride in offering laser nail treatment, a fast and painless alternative to medication. The laser works by passing a light through the toenail to kill fungus that lives below the nail without causing damage to the nail or surrounding tissues. Within approximately 9-12 months, the nail grows out leaving a clearer and healthier nail. Topical ointments, creams, and risky oral treatments require a great deal of patient involvement over time. With our new treatment, this procedure is performed all in a matter of minutes at our Midtown and Downtown Manhattan locations.