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There are various reasons why sometimes we tend to hide our feet from the outside world; let us hope a fungal infection of the toe nails is not one of them.

It has been known that there are different explanations why we notice changes within the nail structure such as appearance, colour, shape and thickness. A fungal infection could be cause of such changes and it is not always as easy as one thinks to spot them. Fungal nail infections roughly affect one in ten people and there are specific tests that can be carried out in the lab in order to determine the exact species, because there is more than just one. Unfortunately treating this type of infection can take very long to treat, especially if neglected. As with most fungi in nature, these infections are common in moist conditions and can be contagious and spread either deeper into the nail or onto other toe nails.

The Podiatrist’s role is to examine the toe nail closely and figure out and implement different ways of treating the infection until treated successfully. There are cases in which the whole structure of the nail becomes involuted which makes an individual more prone to other problems such as in growing toe nails. So it is very important to treat and seek professional advice as early as possible since treatment at a very late stage makes it much harder to resolve.