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Fungal Nail Treatment

Fungal nail treatment at Feet By Pody

Fungal nail infection, or onychomycosis, is a common foot health issue. Infections range from mild to severe and can affect one or several nails on both feet. The infection causes your toenails to thicken, becoming unsightly, which can affect your confidence and impact your lifestyle.

At Feet By Pody, our expert team of podiatrists have many years’ experience in providing fungal nail treatment.

Diagnosing Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal nail infections have a number of different symptoms. The nail can become thickened and discoloured, turning white or cream, and the quality of the nail is sometimes affected, becoming brittle and crumbly. Chunks of your nail may break off, and sometimes the nail becomes soft and falls off completely. You may also experience some pain when walking.

Because symptoms can be similar to other nail problems, it’s important to correctly diagnose whether or not you have a fungal nail infection before beginning treatment.

Diagnosis is quick and painless. We take a biopsy, clipping off part of the nail and sending it to the laboratory for testing. We use an advanced test called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to find small amounts of DNA in a sample, using a process known as amplification. It takes between one and three weeks to confirm the diagnosis.

Fungal nail treatment

If your results come back negative, your toenail condition may be caused by a trauma to the nail or nail bed. In this situation, we would use standard chiropody treatment, trimming and remodelling the nail to improve its appearance.

However, if fungal nail infection is confirmed, we’ll advise the best course of treatment for you.

TOPICAL ANTI-FUNGAL AGENTS

If you have a mild infection, you can use topical treatments such as oils, sprays or creams. Most topical treatments require application over several months. A chiropodist can advise which treatment to purchase and, in some cases, it may be best to use topical agents alongside regular chiropody treatments, where we can file and remodel your nail. This helps to clear away some of the infected nail, which helps the nail absorb the medication, speeding up the healing time.

 

ORAL MEDICATION

If your infection is moderate to severe, you may need a course of oral medication, which can only be prescribed by your GP. Anti-fungal tablets enter directly into your bloodstream, attacking and killing the fungus from within.

The initial course of medication lasts 12 weeks. However, you’re unlikely to see much improvement during this period because the infected nail plate needs to grow out. For this reason, the course of medication is often extended. After the 12-week period has passed, you should be able to see the healthy nail appearing at the nail base.

Oral medications are the most effective course of treatment for severe infections although they can have side effects, which we will discuss with you. You can’t take them if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffer from liver or kidney conditions. For some infections, we recommend a combination of oral and topical treatment.

 

ALTERNATIVE FUNGAL NAIL TREATMENT

Some nail clinics offer laser treatment. However, this is expensive and, as yet, results have not proven to be any more effective than other treatments. So, for now, we’ve chosen not to offer this.

WHY CHOOSE FEET BY PODY?

At Feet By Pody, our foot specialists have many years’ experience providing fungal nail treatment. Because there’s no quick fix to fungal nail infections, we’ll see you regularly throughout your treatment, taking pictures to record the progress of the nail.

We operate from four modern, well-equipped clinics in London, where we use the latest stringent sterilisation procedures to ensure you receive the most hygienic foot care possible.

You can visit Feet By Pody at any of our clinics:

 Canary Wharf E14
 City EC2
 Woolwich Royal Arsenal SE18
 London Bridge SE1
 
Holborn WC1

If you suspect you have a fungal nail infection, book an appointment with Feet By Pody today. Book Online or call 020 7099 6657 to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable healthcare professionals.

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Based on 87 reviews.
Steve B
Steve B
2022-02-08
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Very through and informative examination to find the cause of the problem and an action plan for correction. Friendly and professional. Very impressed.
PADDY DODD
PADDY DODD
2022-01-19
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Fantastic service and very pleasant inside. Reena is a brilliant podiatrist - she immediately spotted what was causing my pain on the soles of each foot. She patiently sorted it out with her instruments (no pain) and I walked out completely satisfied.
Marlon Hunte
Marlon Hunte
2021-11-08
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I came for the first time to feet by pody and Shaho really welcomed me in, made me feel comfortable and relaxed. He found the problem and explained the science behind where a corn comes. I would 100% recommend him to anyone with feet problems. I feel like a new man 5 star 👍👍👍
Luke Oates
Luke Oates
2021-11-01
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I cannot recommend Feet by Pody enough! They successfully treated and got rid of a longstanding and persistent verruca that I had had for >5 years. The cryotherapy treatment I had was painless and the prices for appointments/ treatments are very reasonable given the high level of care you receive. Huge thanks to Reena Patel who was the chiropodist I have been seeing most recently. She was super professional, efficient and clearly knows her stuff! Thank you again!
Paul Spencer
Paul Spencer
2021-10-13
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Very helpful, informative and kind service. Varsha laid out the treatment options, explained the procedure and aftercare fully, and above all was very kind throughout. Would highly recommend!
Daphne Tsang
Daphne Tsang
2021-08-27
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The treatment was smooth and effective. Varsha was really kind and patient despite my hearing issues. She was also very reassuring during the sessions. It was a relief to hear that my toes are looking a lot better during the assessment visit. I would definitely recommend her! Thank you again for the help 🙂
ANGELA ARISTIDOU
ANGELA ARISTIDOU
2021-08-16
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Exceptional care AND (very importantly) excellent aftercare! Basically I can say they were absolutely impeccable in their professionalism and care. I absolutely recommend them. I called on a Tuesday to ask for an emergency appointment. I received a call back immediately by the podiatrist (not an assistant). The podiatrist took great care with the prior history, and offered an urgent appointment on Wednesday. We decided to remove the nail. The surgery was painless, and the aftercare support brilliant. - I was given a What’sUp number to reach the podiatrist for any concerns. I sent her some photos and received immediate responses. I was very impressed, very impressed indeed. - The price included only one after-surgery appointment but they gave me two and did not flinch about it.
Travel Reviewer
Travel Reviewer
2021-08-12
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Always really good service. Professional. Clean. Great job. Highly recommend.
Tiger BJJ Team
Tiger BJJ Team
2021-06-24
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Highly recommend Reena is a lovely person always makes my visits enjoyable 9
Annabel
Annabel
2021-06-20
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Nicolas is personable, professional and most importantly, extremely good at bringing your feet back into tip top condition! I first saw him for an injured toenail 6 months ago and the difference in my feet now is amazing!