Nail fungus is a common foot condition that can be difficult to treat. At its core, nail fungus is a skin infection under the nail. While this condition is not painful, it can still cause obvious visual side effects. The symptoms include fragile nails, nails with a yellowish color or with white spots, nails with heavily distorted shapes, or the nail can even completely detach from the skin. When left in a warm and moist environment for too long, nails will begin to develop fungus. While this fungus can sometimes affect fingernails, most people will experience nail fungus with their toenails. This is because shoes can create the conditions needed for the fungus to grow. If left untreated, the nail fungus can continue to spread to the other toes and the surrounding skin. Thankfully, there are several treatment options for patients. Laser treatment is one of the newest and most effective ways to treat toenail fungus. Our podiatrist in Nassau County (working out of Merrick, Wantagh, East Meadow, and Bellmore) at Cherrywood Foot Care can use this procedure to eliminate toenail fungus and its symptoms.