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Nail Fungus Specialist

Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatrists located in New York, NY & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Medically known as onychomycosis, nail fungus is known for causing embarrassing yellowing, thickening, and even crumbling of your toenails. Before your nail fungus infection spreads or worsens, get started on treatment at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates, located in Upper East Side Manhattan and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York. Click on the online scheduler to book your fungal nail evaluation or call either location to speak with a team member.

Nail Fungus Q & A

How did I get nail fungus?

When fungal invaders break through your skin and sneak in through the tiniest of cuts, they can start taking over healthy nail tissue. Fungi thrive in warm, moist, dark environments. So it’s possible that you came into contact with nail fungus-causing organisms by walking barefoot in a sauna or on a pool deck.

If you’re generally healthy, your body may be able to fight off the fungal invaders. But if you have a weakened immune system, which is common among children and seniors, your risk of developing a fungal nail infection increases.

When should I see a podiatrist for nail fungus?

Nail fungus is a stubborn infection to treat, so it’s best to have an evaluation at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates as soon as symptoms start. The podiatry team wants to evaluate you if your fungal nails are:

  • Yellowing
  • Thickening
  • Becoming brittle
  • Crumbling or flaking
  • Misshapen or distorted
  • Developing white patches
  • Associated with athlete’s foot

It’s also important to see a podiatrist for nail fungus if the infection is so severe your nails are foul smelling. If left untreated, nail fungus can cause your nails to break apart or fall off, which can be incredibly painful.

What is the treatment for nail fungus?

At Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates, you have plenty of innovative nail fungus treatments available. Depending on the severity of your nail fungus infection, your podiatrist may recommend any of the following remedies.

  • Prescription oral or topical drugs
  • Medicated nail polish
  • Nail avulsion surgery
  • Laser treatments

Your dedicated podiatrist at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates works diligently to ensure your nail fungus infection doesn’t spread to any of your other nails, including your fingernails.

Once the team gets your current fungal nail infection under control, they counsel you on lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of future fungal nail issues. For instance, keeping your toenails trimmed, cleaning and drying your feet daily, and always wearing footwear in communal areas are just some of the ways you can protect your feet and nails.

Schedule your nail fungus exam at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates today. Click on the online scheduler or call either office directly.