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Toenail Fungus Specialist

David Lambarski, DPM -  - Podiatry

Northeast Foot Care

David Lambarski, DPM

Podiatry & Sports, Diagnostics and Regenerative Specialist located in Amsterdam, NY & Clifton Park, NY

If your toenails are so thick, discolored, and crumbly that it’s embarrassing to take your shoes off, you’re likely suffering from a very treatable toenail fungus. At leading podiatry practice Northeast Foot Care in Amsterdam and Clifton Park, New York, David Lambarski, DPM, offers state-of-the-art treatments toenail fungus treatments including painless laser therapy to destroy the fungus for good. Book your appointment by phone or through the online scheduling tool today.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a fungal infection beneath your nail plate. There are four primary types of toenail fungus:

Distal subungual onychomycosis (DSO)

DSO is the most common type of toenail fungus. Commonly known as Athlete’s foot, it spreads across the nail bed and causes discoloration.

White superficial onychomycosis (WSO)

Less common than distal subungual onychomycosis, WSO causes tiny white spots to appear across the nail bed.

Candida onychomycosis

Candida onychomycosis results from chronic trauma to the toenail. It causes the nail to look bulbous and distorted.

Proximal subungual onychomycosis (PSO)

PSO causes small yellow or white spots to appear at the base of the nail.

Because toenail fungus isn’t easy to access, it can be quite persistent and difficult to treat. Toenail fungus doesn't go away on its own, and in fact, it can spread to your other toenails or even other parts of your body, including your skin. 

The organism causing toenail fungus thrives in warm and moist places. It's common to develop toenail fungus by going barefoot in a locker room or at the public pool. You’re also more prone to toenail fungus if you wear wet shoes. 

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is usually obvious because it causes major changes in your nail over time. Some common symptoms include:

Nail discoloration

Fungal nails often turn yellow, white, or dark as the fungus takes hold. 

Nail distortion

Your toenail plate can thicken and may change shape when you have toenail fungus. Often, these distortions make it challenging to trim fungal toenails.

Brittle nails

Fungal toenails can grow quite brittle, often splintering off in pieces. Because of this fragility, fungal toenails can have ragged edges.

Fungal toenails can also be quite painful, so you might avoid wearing shoes that pressure your nail. Sometimes, fungal toenails can even have a pronounced odor, especially if you don't get treatment early.

When you make an appointment with Dr. Lambarski, he may take a biopsy sample that’s sent to a lab in order to get an accurate diagnosis of the type of toenail fungus you have.

How can I get rid of toenail fungus?

At Northeast Foot Care, Dr. Lambarski offers today's most innovative and effective toenail fungus treatment: laser therapy. Although other treatments, like topical and oral medications, do exist, they often have some significant side effects. 

The ClearNail laser therapy protocol eradicates toenail fungus so effectively because the laser penetrates your nail to get directly to the fungal organisms at the root of the problem. The laser therapy process is painless and doesn't even require any anesthesia. Most patients only need a series of three treatments to eliminate their toenail fungus. 

The treatment process is simple. Dr. Lambarski passes a green light laser across your nail and the surrounding skin to eliminate the entire fungal infection. He then passes over the nail multiple times to ensure all traces of infection are gone. Dr. Lambarski combines this procedure with oral medication for the most effective results.

Call Northeast Foot Care or book an appointment online today to learn more.