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Fungal infection of toenails is a common foot health problem. A majority of victims don't seek treatment, maybe don't even recognize the existence of a problem. Studies estimate that it afflicts three to five percent of the population; however, in the U.S.A. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine think that because so many cases go unreported, the incidence is much higher than that (they treat perhaps 2.5 million people annually, but that's less than a quarter of the cases estimated by the studies).

Probably one reason that so many people ignore the infection is that it can be present for years without ever causing pain. Its prevalence rises sharply among older adults (20 to 30 percent, the studies say, though podiatric physicians think it's much higher). Because the older adults may be experiencing much more serious medical problems, it is understandable that fungal nails can be passed over as very minor, though it is anything but that.

Whatever the case, the disease, characterized by a change in a toenail's color, is often considered nothing more than a mere blemish--ugly and embarrassing. It is apparently assumed that since white markings or a darkening of the nail are minor occurrences, the change represents something minor as well, even when the blemish spreads. It may be that cosmetologists see this condition as often as doctors. Nail polish is an easy solution for many women, rendering the problem "out of sight, out of mind."

In many cases, however, that change in color is the start of an aggravating disease that ultimately could take months to control. Fungal infection of the nails is known to podiatrists, chiropodists, foot specialists and other physicians as onychomycosis. It is an infection underneath the surface of the nail, which can also penetrate the nail. If it is ignored, its spread could impair one's ability to work or even walk. That happens because it is frequently accompanied by thickening of the nails, which then cannot easily be trimmed and may cause pain while wearing shoes. This disease can frequently be accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection in or about the nail plate.

Dr. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics has invested in the latest technology in laser for the treatment of fungal toenails.  This technology has no side effects, unlike oral medications which have serious side effects with liver or kidney damage.  If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or foot care, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics at 416-465-8737.

 

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