Fungal Toe Nails Specialist

Marcia Matika, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Ocean Podiatry

Marcia Matika, DPM

Podiatrist located in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, CA

Toenail fungus can be especially difficult to treat. At her Manhattan Beach, CA, office, Dr. Matika relies on state-of-the-art lab testing and treatment techniques so patients can get the care they need for safe, quick, effective healing. Dr. Matika can help treat patients in Manhattan Beach, CA, Redondo Beach, CA, Hermosa Beach, CA and surrounding South Bay areas.

Fungal Toe Nails Q & A

How are lab tests used in the treatment of foot diseases like toenail fungus?

Several different types of fungi can affect the feet and toes, and many of these fungi require specific agents for effective treatment. While Dr. Matika can determine which type of fungus is at play in many infections, in other types of infections, testing a small sample of tissue may be required to make sure therapy is targeted to the specific type of fungus that's causing your infection. Lab testing is the best way to make sure your fungus is treated the right so you don't have recurrences that can cause symptoms like itching, pain or loss of the nail.

What types of tests are performed?

The most common test involves taking a small scraping of the fungus for inspection under a microscope. Our in-house lab makes testing quick and simple, and we can have the results quickly too, so your treatment and healing can begin as soon as possible.

How is toenail fungus treated?

Toenail fungus can be very stubborn, so treatment can take some time before the fungus is completely eradicated. The type of treatment you need will depend on the type of fungus that's causing the problem as well as the extent of the problem, and sometime, more than one type of treatment is used to address multiple issues. Treatment options can include oral anti-fungal medications to help treat the fungus at a systemic level, medicated creams and ointments, or laser or light-based treatments. In some cases, you may need to have the nail thinned or entirely removed to allow the medication to reach the area where the fungus is located. Dr. Matika will be able to determine the best course of action based on your condition and lab results, and she can explain all the options during your visit.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept all PPO insurance plans and Medicare. If you do not see your insurance company on the short list below, please call our office and a friendly staff member will be able to assist. 

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield