Toenail Fungus Specialist

Christina M Schilero, DPM, AACFAS -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Christina M Schilero, DPM, AACFAS

Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Palm Beach, FL & Boca Raton, FL

Toenail fungus can be difficult to get rid of, but Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, can help. Dr. Schilero specializes in innovative treatments for common issues like toenail fungus at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. For the advanced treatment of stubborn toenail fungus, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Also called onychomycosis, nail fungus is a common condition that results from a fungal infection in your fingernails or toenails. When a fungal infection spreads from your toenails to the skin between your toes, it’s called athlete’s foot. 

There are many over-the-counter treatments for toenail fungus, but the infection often persists or returns. Dr. Schilero provides advanced treatments to help you get rid of your toenail fungus for good. If you have diabetes, call her at the first sign of toenail fungus. 

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus symptoms vary depending on the type of fungus that’s causing the infection. 

A fungal infection can affect your entire toenail or only a part of it. At first, toenail fungus may look like a tiny white or yellow spot. As the infection gradually moves deeper, nail fungus can cause the entire nail to discolor. 

Toenail fungus can also cause the nail to thicken and become brittle. The nail may crumble or have a jagged outer edge. 

What causes toenail fungus?

Many different types of fungi can cause nail infections. These fungi thrive in warm, damp environments. Fungi may enter your body through a small crack in the nail or surrounding skin. 

Certain factors may increase your risk of toenail infections, including:

  • Having diabetes or another disease that causes poor circulation
  • Having a nail injury or broken skin around the nail
  • Walking barefoot in damp communal areas like swimming pools 
  • Sweating heavily and wearing tight shoes
  • Having a history of athlete’s foot

Adults over age 65 may also be at higher risk of developing toenail fungus because increasing age causes nails to dry and crack more easily. 

How is toenail fungus diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Schilero examines your nails. She may take a nail clipping or scrape debris from beneath the nail and send the sample to a lab for testing. This helps to identify the specific type of fungus causing the infection. 

Then, Dr. Schilero recommends the best treatment for your condition. Depending on your needs, treatment for toenail fungus may include:

  • Oral or topical antifungal medication
  • Laser treatment
  • Surgical debridement or toenail removal

If you’re concerned about toenail fungus, call Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, or book an appointment online today.