We sat with Dr. Andrew Rubin one of the podiatrists at Jamaica Hospital, for a Q & A session about toenail fungus; one of the most common conditions treated by the department. Here is some of the information he shared with us during the interview.
Q: Dr. Rubin what is toenail fungus?
A: This is a common condition that is medically known as onychomycosis. It is usually caused by a fungus known as dermatophyte but can also be caused by yeasts or non-dermatophyte molds.
Q: What are some of the causes or risk factors?
A: Some risk factors and causes include: trauma to the nail bed, family history, diabetes, continuously wearing shoes that do not allow air to flow, walking barefoot around communal showers and pools or the use of unsterilized instruments in nail salons.
Q: What are some of the signs or symptoms to look for?
A: Nails may become thickened, brittle and have a cloudy appearance or discolorations.
Q: Can toenail fungus lead to other conditions or complications?
A: Toenail fungus can spread and infect surrounding areas. This can lead to pain while standing or walking as well as permanent damage to the nail. For those who are diagnosed with diabetes complications may include bacterial infections such as cellulitis.
Q: How is it treated?
A: Treatments vary from topical anti-fungal creams and nail polishes, oral medications, surgery or laser therapy.
The department of podiatry at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center provides medical and surgical treatment for foot disorders in adults and children. The facility’s podiatrists are specially trained in treating a full range of conditions that include bunions, diabetic foot care, corns, callouses and toenail fungus. They are dedicated in providing patients with the best and appropriate foot care.
For more information on foot disorders treated at Jamaica Hospital or to schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Podiatry at 718-206-7001.
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