Footfriend - Fungal Nail Infection Treatment

Also referred to as Mycotic Nails or Onychomycosis, fungal nail infection can be difficult to eradicate. Thankfully, help is at hand from the experts at Footfriend.

Fungal Nail Infection – Onychomycosis

Fungal Nail Infection – Onychomycosis – is the most difficult of the superficial fungal infections to treat. The active infection is often in the skin beneath the nail (nail bed), rather than just in the nail itself. The nail grows differently and is damaged as a result of the infection. Fungal nails can be unsightly, and patients are often embarrassed with the way they look.

How do I know if I have Fungal Nails?

Fungal nails can be diagnosed through careful examination and confirmation in clinic using a dermatophyte test strip – this takes 5 minutes, is over 97% accurate and tests for the dermatophytes (a group of microscopic fungi adapted to living on the keratin of skin) which are responsible for fungal nail infection.

The first signs of fungal nail infections are often changes in the texture, quality and colour of your nails.  Typical first signs are a yellow or rusty/brown discolouration. They may become thick, crumbly and brittle.  Nails may also become distorted, misshapen and lift from the nail bed, losing their healthy shine.

Trauma can also cause nail colour change. Injured nails often thicken and have a yellowish hue. This change in colour is due to the thickening of the nail tissue due to the injury, not a fungal infection. Mistakenly treating a nail discoloured due to trauma will not harm you but it is best to test for dermatophytes before any treatment commences.

What causes fungal nails?

Fungal infections occur when dermatophytes (a group of microscopic fungi adapted to living on the keratin of skin) enter the nail, usually through trauma or micro trauma from footwear. This group of fungi can reside on the sole of your feet before spreading between your toes and then eventually into your nails. Fungi typically thrive in warm, damp and dark environments – what better place than a warm sweaty foot inside a shoe!

Why is it hard to treat?

Getting anti-fungal treatment to the source of the infection, including the nail bed, in sufficient concentration, is very difficult. Most topical agents (paints, ointments, creams & sprays) are unable to penetrate the nail to reach the active infection in this area. The slow growing nature of nails also means any treatment is necessary over a long period.


There are many topical treatments available, including sprays, paints creams and lacquers. Most people try these options with little success and then give up trying to treat the problem. Lack of success with these treatments is usually because the treatment used is not getting to the source of the infection, which is often the nail bed.

Prescription-only anti-fungal drugs are available, but these are never a first line treatment. Careful consideration is needed as they are not suitable for everyone to use. A GP assessment will be necessary to investigate suitability for this oral medication.

Patient Stories

I first visited Footfriend eight years ago when I needed urgent attention for an ingrowing toenail, which was so bad, it was constantly bleeding. I received an emergency same day appointment and received attention, which gave me immense pain relief. I returned a few days later and on removal of the dressing all was back to normal. The discomfort I encountered on that occasion made me visit Footfriend every six weeks for continued professional maintenance of my feet, which I have never regretted. During all these years I have a couple of toes which from time to time ingrow and create discomfort but because of having the regular attention Damian is excellent in knowing my problems and treating them accordingly. Regular attention to my feet certainly works for me and I wouldn’t go without it and I recommend Footfriend extremely highly to anyone who encounters similar problems or just requires simple foot maintenance. Its well worth it.”

B.Valentine, Beverley

I have been visiting Footfriend now for over 12 years. During this time, I have found the standard of care and service to be first class. As I get older, I find visiting a professional very superior to trying to care for my feet and toes myself.

John Bullock, Beverley.

How we can help

We can test your nail to see if it is a fungal infection.
This is done via specific lateral flow test for nail fungi. We use a dermatophyte test strip which is 97% accurate. (There is a fee for this service)

We can plan a way forward that suits you to address this problem if required.

Options include:

  • Drug therapy – (requires GP consent to provide antimycotic drug)
  • Nail removal of the infected nail under anaesthetic. We then allow the nail to regrow in a fungistatic environment.
  • Regular nail debridement with concurrent use of a nail softening/dissolving agent to remove infected tissue then monitoring nail regrowth as it regrows in a fungistatic environment.

We will also provide advice to maintain the best environment for non proliferation of fungal spores.

To receive our help with this problem please book an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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“I have been a client with Damian for a number of years. I am a Type 2 Diabetic and visit every eight weeks, Damian takes very good care of my feet, and keeps me up to date with information on the care of my feet, including ill fitting shoes. I would recommend him to all of my friends.”

K. Johnson, Hull

“My feet always feel smooth as silk after visiting Footfriend”

Mrs Hatfield of Leconfield

“Very experienced. Will definitely be going back.”

Diane Ayre

“Toes all fine! Thank for a first class job.”

Mr.Hazell of Shiptonthorpe

“That feels lovely, it’s like walking on air.”

Mrs Cooper of South Cave

“I have been visiting Footfriend now for over 12 years . During this time, I have found the standard of care and service to be first class . As I get older , I find visiting a professional very superior to trying to care for my feet and toes myself.”

John Bullock, Beverley

“Since childhood I have suffered from foot problems and have been to several chiropodists with varying degrees of success. When my last chiropodist retired he recommended Damian Johns in Beverley. My wife and I have now been patients of Damian for over 10 years and we are very pleased with him. His practice provides a wide range of foot care including excellent footwear, foot supports and referrals for further specialized foot treatment. The reception staff are very welcoming and are able to offer appointments to suit patients lifestyle. I would recommend anyone with foot concerns to consult Damian for help and advice.”

B. Precious, Cottingham

“Can I just thank you & Vicky for being so nice today at my Mother's appointment. She was 'over the moon' with the service she received & even went shopping in Beverley & bought some new shoes! Thanks again, we will be back.”

Trudy Sinclair

“Damian and Vicky are fantastic and sorted out my very painful foot. I've used their services for quite some time and they never disappoint. The ladies at Reception are fab too and we always have a laugh. Highly recommended.”

Maria Bertocco

“I just wanted to say thank you for the competent and friendly treatment I received on Thursday last week. My feet haven't felt so comfortable in ages and the squidgy thing for between my toes is really very comfortable and will hopefully keep the corns at bay. It shouldn't be a surprise but it's amazing how much happier I feel with less painful and uncomfortable feet! Thanks once again.”

Gill Morrell, Skidby

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