Nail Fungus Specialist

Michfoot Surgeons PC

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Southfield, MI

Are you dealing with yellow, crumbling toenails due to toenail fungus? The team of foot specialists at Michfoot Surgeons PC, led by Randy Leff, DPM, and Kevin Sorensen, DPM, has the expertise necessary to restore your nails to the pink of health. If you’re in Southfield, Michigan, and you’d like to say goodbye to toenail fungus, call or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What is nail fungus?

Nail fungus, which is medically known as onychomycosis, is a common condition caused by a fungal infection. Nail fungus is tough to get rid of once it takes hold and begins to systematically destroy your toenails. It can also spread to your other toes unless you take action to kill the fungus.

What are the symptoms of nail fungus?

Fungal infections in your toenails typically start out as small white spots on your nail. Before you know it, the infection leads to:

  • Yellowing toenails
  • Thickened toenails
  • Crumbling, brittle nails
  • A foul odor
  • Separation of your nail from the nail bed

The symptoms of toenail fungus are hard to ignore, especially if they wreak havoc across several toenails.

How do I get a fungal infection in my toenails?

Fungal organisms thrive in dark, moist environments, which is where you likely picked up the infection. Think public showers and locker rooms, as well as communal pools. Sweaty socks and damp towels can also harbor and encourage the fungus.

Additional factors put some people more at risk of developing toenail fungus, including:

  • Age (your nails become weaker and more porous as you get older)
  • Pre-existing conditions like diabetes or psoriasis
  • A history of athlete’s foot

No matter how you arrived at the nail fungus, it’s important to gain the upper hand on the condition as quickly as possible.

How is toenail fungus treated?

The earlier the podiatrists at Michfoot Surgeons PC are able to address your nail fungus, the better. To start, they typically recommend over-the-counter medications and diligent at-home care.

If your fungus persists, they prescribe a stronger medication, which may be topical or oral. In severe cases, your doctor may also recommend removing the nail entirely if it’s severely compromised to allow a newer, healthier nail to grow in its place.

If you have diabetes, it’s especially important that you seek the counsel of Dr. Leff or Dr. Sorensen at the first signs of a problem.

To get rid of nagging and unsightly nail fungus, call Michfoot Surgeons PC, or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment.