Fungal toenails are identifiable by white spots on the surface of toenails, yellow / brown tracks at the end of the nail, similar tracks extending up from the cuticle or crumbling at the nail edges. At their worst they can cause total destruction or deformity of the nail and may spread to other toenails or may spread to the skin of the foot leading to athletes foot.
Many people find fungal infections are very slow to spread and are completely painless. They are very common in active adults and the older person population. As above your podiatrist will determine whether you are suffering from one of the following forms of fungal infection:
- White superficial onychomycosis
- Distal lateral subungal onychomycosis
- Proximal lateral subungal onychomycosis
- Total dystrophic onychomycosis
At City Foot Health your podiatrist will discuss with you appropriate treatments having excluded other possibilities which may have led to nail deformity, discolouration or crumbling such as disease processes or trauma.