Fungal Nail Treatment


Fungal nail infection (aka onychomycosis) is a common condition which often results in an unsightly nail appearance associated with progressive nail thickening, discolouration, and eventually permanent loss of the toenail. The condition is most commonly caused by dermatophytes such as Tinea, which also result in fungal skin infection (Athlete’s Foot). It is highly infectious and can spread rapidly to other toenails causing multiple infection sites, or can even result in more serious complications such as cellulitis of the leg.


There are a number of non-surgical treatments and surgical treatments available for fungal nail infection. In early stages of the condition, our practitioners may suggest a laser-based treatment be performed either alone, or in conjunction with an oral anti-fungal medication. In more established cases, or those that do not improve with standard treatment, surgical treatment is often performed. This is a treatment which we frequently perform at our practice for patients with good success.


Surgical treatment involves removal of the affected toenail(s) and debridement of the nail bed which can be performed under a local anaesthetic at our practice, or under general anaesthetic within hospital. The procedure aftercare is relatively straightforward and leads to a high clearance rate of infection. The new nail takes between 3-6 months to fully-grow back after surgery and in most cases, results in a healthy looking nail returning.



Please note:

This website is intended for general information purposes only. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. For more information, follow the link to make an appointment to see our specialist podiatric surgeons Dr. Andrew Knox & Dr Burke Hugo.