If you have a case of toenail fungus, please do not ignore this problem. Serious complications can arise if you do not have the fungus treated, including foot pain, widespread infection, the loss of your nail and more. Here is more information on the potential complications.
Toenail fungus can cause your nail to become misshapen and thick, which can lead to pain. If the problem gets severe enough, you may not be able to walk without a great deal of discomfort whether you are wearing shoes or not.
If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, any type of toenail fungus needs to be taken very seriously. The reason is that an infection could set in and create potential health problems. People with chronic conditions typically have weakened immune systems, and if a fungus causes the skin to crack that could allow harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream. There is even a chance an infection could turn deadly if not treated promptly.
A toenail that becomes infected with a fungus could become separated from the nail bed, necessitating the removal of the loose portion. Even if the nail does not loosen, it may still need to be removed if the fungus cannot be eliminated through traditional methods of treatment. In severe instances, a procedure may be needed to remove the nail permanently so it cannot grow back.
Please do not run the risk of having to deal with severe complications due to a toenail fungus. Get yours treated right away by a skilled, experienced podiatrist in Dallas. Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Care Specialists at (214) 366-4600 or contact us online if you would like to learn more or you would like to schedule an appointment.