Fungal nail infections are very common. They are associated with fungal foot infections such as athlete’s foot.
Normal ageing and conditions such as diabetes increase the risk of a fungal nail. Fungal nail infections are more difficult and take longer to treat than bacterial infections. Some resistant cases require referral to the GP for additional medication. Access to the infected tissue is difficult and treatment may take several weeks. Podiatrists at Orthotika will assess the nail and suggest options for treatment. This may include:
- Cutting away the infected tissue.
- Treating with an anti fungal product.
- Advice on shoe/sock disinfection.
- Provide shoe sanitisation.
- Advise on self-care.
- Offer surgery to remove the affected nail if this is preferred.