Toenail Fungus
With the sunny, warm climate in Florida, toe-revealing shoes are de rigueur, unless you’re hiding them because of unsightly toenail fungus. At Florida Foot and Ankle, Mark Matey, DPM, offers the latest laser treatments and medications to help patients in Jacksonville and Palm Coast restore their toenails. To learn more about toenail restoration, call one of the three locations or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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Why would I need toenail restoration?

Several conditions can damage your toenails, with toenail fungus being the most common. Fungus causes healthy toenails to:

  • Yellow
  • Thicken
  • Crumble
  • Detach from the nail bed
  • Develop an unpleasant odor
  • Change shape

Fungal exposure thrives in damp environments like pools, locker rooms, and sweaty socks. Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) isn’t dangerous, but it’s persistent.

Another condition requiring toenail restoration is ingrown toenails, where the nail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain.

How are my toenails restored?

Dr. Matey’s treatment depends on the condition.

For toenail fungus, treatment options include:

  • Topical ointments
  • Oral antifungal medications
  • Laser treatments

Early intervention with medication can stop the fungus. Advanced cases benefit from laser therapy, which uses heat to kill the fungus without harming the nail itself.

For ingrown toenails, Dr. Matey removes the offending part of the nail, providing immediate relief. In some cases, permanently removing a portion of the nail bed may be necessary to prevent future ingrown toenails.

When will I see results after toenail restoration?

Restoring fungus-damaged nails takes time. The damaged areas need to grow out completely for clear, healthy nails to appear. However, your patience will be rewarded with beautiful nails you can confidently show off.

If you’d like to learn more about toenail restoration, contact Florida Foot and Ankle or schedule an appointment online.