Fungal Toenail Infection

A fungal toenail infection, is a common foot condition that we see in the clinic and is often a source of great concern for people.

Fungal toenail infections are often treated for cosmetic reasons, however they can also become quite painful.


A fungal toenail infection can cause a variety of changes to the affected nail. These changes include;

  • Nail discolouration;
  • Nail thickness;
  • Nail roughness;
  • Brittle nail edges;
  • Separation of the nail from the nailbed; and
  • Pain and tenderness around the nail.

Risk Factors

There are several factors that increase the risk of developing a fungal nail infection, including;

  • Diabetes;
  • Blood circulation problems;
  • Weak immune system;
  • Aged 60 years and over;
  • Poor footwear with limited ventilation;
  • Working in moist or humid environments; and
  • Excessively sweating.

Treating A Toenail Infection

There are a number of treatments available for an infected toenail. These treatments include;

  • Topical antifungal treatments
  • Laser Treatment
  • Oral Antifungal Medicines
  • Nail Removal

A podiatrist can assist with diagnosing and managing the various treatments of your toenail infection and can also obtain a sample of your nail to send for pathology if required. These pathology results will determine whether the condition is fungal or not and assist with identifying the most appropriate course of action to treat the condition.

For further information on fungal toenails and how to best treat this condition, book an appointment with one of our podiatrists or call 03 9939 1012.