Thick & Ugly Toenails
Are you embarrassed to show your toes in public because your toenails are thick or discolored? Are these thicker nails causing pain in shoes when pressure is applied? If so, you’re not alone – 1 in every 10 Americans deal with thick and ugly toenails. Do you want your toenails to look better and feel better? If you answered yes to any of these questions, our award-winning foot doctors in Suffolk, North Suffolk and Hampton, Virginia (VA) can help with your toenail fungus.
Perhaps you have only one ugly toenail now. In time, that may become two and eventually all ten toes will look as ugly as the first unless you take action.
Why do your nails look this way?
Toenail thickening and discoloration can be caused by many things – psoriasis, injury, lichen planus, but is most commonly caused by Onychomycosis – a fungal infection which can worsen over time. There are predisposing factors such as your general health, shoe type and materials, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and poor hygiene that make you more likely to develop this infection. Just as you place your bread dough in a warm, dark, moist environment to have the yeast flourish, your feet undergo these same conditions in shoes.
Fungus is everywhere around us. Because of the very common presence of fungus, getting this type of infection may unfortunately be inevitable. As such, toenail fungus is a condition we treat every day at our podiatry offices in Suffolk, North Suffolk and Hampton, VA.
Since many things can make your toenails look “funky”, an examination by a 1Foot 2Foot foot doctor is recommended. Thorough evaluation and obtaining a simple nail culture or biopsy prior to any treatment, can avoid you wasting time and money treating the wrong problem.
What can you do about your toenail fungus?
Our 1Foot 2Foot foot doctors in Suffolk, VA, North Suffolk, VA, and Hampton, VA, take a comprehensive approach to everything and toenail fungus is no exception. Once your problem is identified, we will work with you to determine the safest and most effective treatment options to cure your toenail fungus. Periodic treatment may be needed. Generally, combination treatment (using two or more types of therapies simultaneously) provides the best result. We commonly pair a special topical treatment with a powerful laser that is FDA cleared for treatment of this stubborn infection. With 90% success at improving your condition, we can certainly get you back into open-toe shoes again, without embarrassment.
Fungal infections like Onychomycosis can recur over time – an estimated 35% recurrence. Because of this, we at 1Foot 2Foot have developed a maintenance program so your toenails can stay better and better looking.
Laser Nail Fungus Treatment
Onychomycosis or toenail fungus is one of the most common types of fungal infections to affect Americans. In fact, 25 million Americans suffer from this disease. Though onychomycosis is not particularly painful, it can certainly be embarrassing and cause a fair amount of discomfort to those dealing with the infection. 1Foot 2Foot is pleased to offer the first and only laser in Hampton Roads, FDA cleared for the treatment of toenail fungus. The laser destroys the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or surrounding skin. Our laser treatment for toenail fungus is painless, cost effective, and safe with no recovery time. Our foot and ankle specialists in Suffolk, North Suffolk and Hampton, VA, take advantage of a laser and protocol from Europe proven over 90% successful over the past six years.
Ingrown Toenail Correction
Ingrown nails are a common and very painful problem in which the nail plate grows into and pinches the surrounding skin. Bathroom surgeries occur on a daily basis where adventurous individuals try to correct their own ingrown nails and ultimately fail. Fortunately, 1Foot 2Foot specializes in a quick, virtually painless and permanent correction of ingrown toenails carrying a 90-95% success rate.
If you live in or around Suffolk, Hampton, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Carrollton, Smithfield, Norfolk or Virginia Beach, VA, contact our office now to start your journey to healthier toes. Let us help you and your toenails look better, feel better and stay better.