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Onychomycosis or toenail fungus is an infection of the nails/toenails that is caused by a group of microscopic organisms called Dermatophytes (Derm=skin and nails Phytes =attracted to or grow within ).  These include the most common fungi that cause both athletes foot and nail fungus, and less common yeasts and molds. The fungus has enzymes that break down the nail plate and allow the strands ( hyphae) of the organism to penetrate the nail.

Where did it come from?

It is theorized that sometime in the late eighteen hundreds of these fungi were transported to the United States from Asia and Africa. The increase in the prevalence is related to our use of closed shoes, synthetic socks that retain moisture, diseases that decrease our immune system’s ability to fight infection, and our ever increasing aging populous.

How do you know if you have this difficult to pronounce disorder?

Look at your toenails. Are they discolored, brittle, unsightly, crumbly, or thick? If so you could have onychomycosis or toenail fungus.

To find out if you do, our Seattle Podiatrists have developed a Comprehensive Laser Toenail Program to eliminate your toenail fungus. Your first visit is complementary. Our doctors will not only evaluate your situation but also educate you about how to keep your feet healthy.

To make an appointment, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.


By Dr. Rion Berg
October 09, 2013
Tags: foot pain   heel pain   fungus toenails  

As millions of people start signing up for health insurance in Seattle and Washington State, it’s time to also start thinking about ways to ensure that your feet are in tip top shape. You likely already have insurance but if you have pain in your feet and you aren’t coming in to visit your podiatrist than all the insurance in the world won’t help you.

Many of us have excuses for not coming in for care.

-“I don’t have the time”
-“I think it will disappear on its own”
-“It’s going to cost too much”

If this sounds familiar, you have lots of company. Unfortunately if you have painful feet the chance that it will go away on its own is very small.

Every day patients come in to see us who are really suffering. Somehow they’ve made it past their fears and time constraints and have prioritized their health. They realized that having painful feet will keep them from living a full life.  

Runners come in when their heel pain gets so bad they can no longer do what they love to do. Sometimes stretching, using anti-inflammatory medication, and icing will calm things down and they can get back to running. Other times orthotics are needed to help support the foot more fully and prevent heel painfrom reoccurring.

Nordstrom sales people, Starbucks baristas, factory workers, and others who stand on their feet all day finally realize that if their feet continue to hurt they won’t be able to continue working.

Women who are so tired of covering up their ugly toenailsfinally overcome their concerns about cost and come in to get their toenails treated with laser.

Don’t spend one minute more with pain. Set up your appointment today by calling us at 206-368-7000 or sending us an appointment request.