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 in the skin beneath the nail (nail bed), rather than the nail itself. The nail gets 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 which are the fungi 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. Nails may also become thick, crumbly and brittle.  Nails may also become distorted, misshapen and may lift from the nail bed and have lost 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 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 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 over a long period.

Treatment

There are many topical treatments available, that is 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 nail bed – the source of the infection.

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.

How we can help

There is now a new simple and effective treatment for fungal nails – The Lacuna Method.

Contact us to see if this treatment for fungal nails is suitable for you.

We look forward to seeing you at our Beverley Clinic; serving Beverley, Hull and surrounding villages.

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.

Isn’t it time you treated your feet?

“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