Diabetic patients are at greater risk for developing a fungal nail infection than those who don't. In addition, fungal nails may lead to a limb threatening infection in diabetics.
A diabetic patient who develops peripheral neuropathy or loss of sensation, may not be able to feel increased pressure on the nail. For example, wearing shoes that are too tight can cause the nail to lift letting in fungus.
From there, the fungus may spread to the surrounding skin, causing tinea pedis or athlete’s foot with cracks opening and further infection developing. In one study, there was a 15% rate of secondary infections in diabetic patients with fungus toenails compared to a 6% rate in diabetic patients without fungus toenails. In addition, diabetic patients with toenail fungus, had three times greater risk of developing a foot ulceration (wound).
If you have diabetes and thickened fungal toenails, you should consider treatment to resolve this problem. Over the years, we have prescribed oral and topical medications. We also use laser treatment, a painless effective means of treating onychomycosis.
If you have thickened toenails that may have a fungal infection call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.