Toenail Fungus

Toenail Fungus services offered in Las Cruces, NM

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is more than a cosmetic concern that disrupts your nail’s appearance; it can also compromise the health of your nail and surrounding tissues. At Mesilla Valley Footcare in Las Cruces, New Mexico, experienced podiatrists Rolando Cadena, DPM, and Clair Cadena Miranda, DPM, target toenail fungus at the source. Dr. Cadena and Dr. Miranda use advanced diagnostic techniques and tailored treatment plans to effectively address toenail fungus. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule a toenail fungus consultation.

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection that affects your toenail’s' health, appearance, and strength. While fungus can penetrate your fingernails, the condition is more common in toenails, which are more susceptible to warm, damp environments. Toenails offer the perfect breeding ground for fungi to grow and spread.

At Mesilla Valley Footcare, Dr. Cadena and Dr. Miranda offer the latest toenail fungus solutions. They work with you to clear your infection and prevent it from returning.

How can I spot toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus isn’t always obvious. It often starts as a small white or yellow dot on your nail. As the infection grows, it can distort your nail’s shape, color, and texture, leading to:

  • Yellow, brown, or cloudy nails
  • Brittle or crumbly nails
  • Thickened nails
  • Uneven nail shape
  • Separation from the nail bed
  • Visible debris
  • A foul odor
  • Pain or discomfort

Spotting these warning signs is crucial to your nail health. Early intervention can help prevent further complications.

Who is at risk of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is common in people of all ages — anybody can get it — but some people are more likely to have it than others. Common risk factors for toenail fungus include:

  • Older age
  • Weakened immune system
  • Poor circulation, especially from diabetes
  • Nail trauma from injuries
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Warm, humid environments
  • Psoriasis, athlete’s foot, and other chronic conditions
  • Sports that require running

Sharing footwear, towels, or walking barefoot in communal areas can increase your chances of infection.

How can I stop getting toenail fungus?

You can prevent toenail fungus by making a few simple lifestyle changes:

  • Wash your feet regularly with soap and water
  • Dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your toes
  • Trim your toenails straight across 
  • Allow your shoes to air out between wearings
  • Wear shoes that provide enough room for your toes to move comfortably
  • Wear flip-flops or shower shoes in swimming pools, gyms, and locker rooms
  • Change out of wet socks and shoes promptly

Dr. Cadena and Dr. Miranda can provide more personalized recommendations based on your lifestyle and activity level.

What are the professional treatments for toenail fungus?

Mesilla Valley Footcare offers many effective treatments for toenail fungus, including topical and oral antifungal medications, debridement (removing part of the affected nail), and cryotherapy (extreme cold).

Call Mesilla Valley Footcare today or use the online booking tool to schedule a toenail fungus consultation.