www.PatelPodiatry.com Toe fungus is common these days. It is well-known; it is in the newspapers, people advertise all the time and people talk about it as well. Toe fungus is when your toes just don’t look right. They look yellow and discolored and yucky. Even kids have toenail fungus, and I’m seeing more and more of this in my practice. We’re not sure why this is happening, but the toenails have changed and are not normal. This could be caused by bad shoes, running and damaging your toenails, fungus in your skin that gets into your nails, poor hygiene, or sweating in your feet due to your work environment. It can also be caused by damage to your nails from going to a nail salon and someone digging in the corners too much, causing the fungus to get in there. There are many reasons for toenail fungus and it is hard to eradicate it. There are topical medications, oral medications and laser treatment. My favorite is combining laser treatment with some oral treatment, which works about 95% of the time to eradicate the fungus, and we make sure the fungus doesn’t come back. If you or your child has toenail fungus, call Family Foot Care & Surgery at 203-876-7736 or reach us online at http://www.patelpodiatry.com/contact.cfm.