An acute injury, repetitive damage to the nail, poor blood circulation, medical condition and fungal infection can cause thickened toenails. A fungal infection of the toenail can cause the nail to become discoloured, thickened and brittle. While having fungal nails is generally not painful, it is unappealing and can eventually spread to affect all your toenails.
There are many options to treat the fungal infection including using topical antifungal, laser treatment and surgical removal. Having good feet hygiene is important for preventing the spread of fungal nails to other nails or household members such as daily changing of socks, wearing indoor shoes, having a separate foot towel, routinely cleaning the inside of shoes and the shower.
If you think you may have a fungal infection of your toenails, you can contact us at 416-299-1508.