Toenails will often become thick as an individual grows older. Thickening may also occur as a result of trauma to the toenail, such as when it repeatedly hits the end of a shoe that is too short. Sometimes when something is dropped on the toenail, the nail will fall off. When a new toenail grows back, it will often be thicker than it was previously.
Thick toenails can also be seen in individuals with nail fungus (onychomycosis), psoriasis and hypothyroidism. Those who have problems with the thickness of their toenails should consult a foot and ankle surgeon for proper diagnosis and treatment.
A fungus is an organism that lives in warm moist areas. Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older.
Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis (also known as athlete’s foot). The fungus often starts under the nail fold at the end of the nail. Over time, it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration. It can also cause thickening and deformity of the toenail.
Many people have difficulty with their toenails and need assistance in caring for them. A foot and ankle surgeon can diagnose the cause of toenail problems and can recommend treatments.
Hiding Your Toes Due To Toenail Fungus? Have You Tried Without Success Products From The Store?
Unfortunately nail fungus treatments from the store typically are not strong enough to clear nail fungus. Don’t be discouraged! Dr. Pedersen has had success treating even the most difficult cases of toenail fungus. We are able to deliver exceptional results to patients by being on the cutting edge of toenail fungus treatment.
Common treatments for toenail fungus include:
Oral medication (such as Lamisil)
Antifungal nail solution (such as Clarus or Jublia)
Antifungal creams and lotions
Some cases necessitate a different approach. LASER treatment is a new and often effective method of treating stubborn toenail fungus. If you’ve tried everything else, this treatment might just be the answer you’re seeking.
LASER treatments for toenail fungus are being used by only a few podiatrists across the country. Dr. Pedersen has seen excellent results with LASER treatments, with an 85% to 95% success rate. Dr. Pedersen was the first podiatrist to bring LASER treatment for toenail fungus to Oldham County. Time and again we have used this painless method to get rid of nail fungus in patients who never thought they would be free of fungus. Two 20-minute treatments, 3 months apart is all you typically need and there’s no downtime or anesthesia involved.
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