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Symptoms and Risks of Toenail Fungus

Fungal toenail infections, although not typically serious, can be quite persistent and challenging to treat. These infections often begin at the edge of the toenail, gradually spreading and causing the nail to become brittle, thickened, and discolored. You may notice your nails turning yellow or white, becoming crumbly, and even lifting off the nail bed, which can be accompanied by swelling and pain. Risk factors include consistently warm and damp feet, wearing tight or non-breathable shoes, and sharing personal items like nail clippers or towels. Untreated fungal toenails can lead to more serious health issues, and for severe or resistant fungal toenail infections, minor surgical procedures to remove the affected nail might be necessary. If you suspect a fungal toenail infection, especially if you have underlying health conditions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to begin a tailored treatment plan.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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