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A 49-year-old member asked:

does toenail fungus have to be treated? what happens if left untreated

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Dr. Gary Kugler
Podiatry 31 years experience
Not necessarily: Toenail fungus or onychomycosis is usually caused by a fungal infection similar to athlete's foot. This is usually not a harmful condition, but is often unsightly and may make the nail thick, brittle and hard to cut. This condition can on occasion cause pain in shoes from pressure on the nail bed. Treatment may include: oral antifugals, topical meds, laser treatment, permanent nail removal.
Dr. Arthur Rein
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
A cosmetic problem: Toenail fungus is a fairly common condition, more so as a person ages. It rarely leads to any significant medical complications. For that reason insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatment. There are 2 medications that work about 50% of the time. Laser treatments have had similar success. If left untreated the nail thickens and discolors.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I treat toenail fungus?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Several ways: Ranging from debridement, topical medication, oral medication, laser or removal of nail. Consult with podiatrist.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

I have a lump on the top of my foot and it hurts and I don't know why?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
A lump : Is not normal, nor is pain so it's a good reason to visit the foot doctor. You may have a ganglionic cyst which is a benign cyst filled with jelly like fluid but without seeing it you can have something else....Go to the doc for a check up.
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What are screws and a plate left in ankle used to treat?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
They were put : There to correct a problem such as a fracture.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do certain types of shoes cause smelly feet? Like sandals?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Yes: Certain materials may not absorb sweat and may give off a bad odor. Also if the shoe doesn't "breathe".
A 40-year-old member asked:

What can I expect from foot surgery recovery?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Highly dependent: On what surgery you are having.

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