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Podiatrist, Foot Doctor James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P located in The Woodlands, TX 77384 and Woodville, TX 75979 area

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Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, has several distinct symptoms that can affect the appearance and health of your toenails. The infection usually starts with a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail. As it progresses, the fungus can cause the nail to discolor, thicken, and develop crumbling edges. This may make the nail difficult to trim. The affected nails may also become brittle, ragged, and take on a dull, lackluster appearance. In some cases, the nail can separate from the nail bed. This may be a painful experience and can lead to further complications. Advanced cases of toenail fungus can result in a foul odor. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can recommend effective treatments. These often include antifungal medications, topical treatments, and, in severe instances, professional removal of the nail. If you suspect toenail fungus, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss treatment options. 

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. James Kutchback of James Kutchback, DPM, ABLES, CWS-P. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in The Woodlands and Woodville, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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