Fungal Nail Testing

Fungal nail testing is crucial to prescribing the correct form of treatment. Fungal nail infections can look different from person to person depending on several factors. Often a thickened and discoloured toenail can result from other causes and is wrongly diagnosed as a fungal infection. At Cutting Edge Podiatry, we conduct accurate testing to eliminate errors from visual examination.

We test before we treat

Did you know that skin experts such as dermatologists and podiatrists can only diagnose accurately by visual examination in 67% of cases? This means at least 1 in 3 diagnoses are wrong, leading to prescribing the wrong treatment. With that in mind, it is a good practice to establish a formal diagnosis before treatment.

The importance of having the test:

Fungal nail infections can be tricky to diagnose because they look different depending on the fungus, the state of the nails and the stage of the infection. In addition, studies show that around half of damaged nails are due to causes other than fungal infections.

It is essential to have a fungal nail test to prevent being treated for something you don’t have.

Inappropriate treatment can have unwanted side effects, is an unnecessary cost, and wastes time not treating the main issue.

Fungal Nail Testing 

Our fungal nail test can be carried out during your appointment or arranged separately.

If you have already had a confirmed ‘positive’ diagnosis from your GP or a dermatologist, then there is no need for us to test again, unless you have concerns of a ‘false positive’ or ‘false negative’ result.

If we are not carrying out the test ourselves, then all patients will be requested to sign a consent form to confirm responsibility for any previous ‘positive to fungus’ test result and therefore happy to go ahead with the recommended treatment type. This is carried out purely for your protection.

 Benefits of testing

  • Our test is quick, and results can be obtained during the same appointment.
  • Test accuracy is guaranteed at 97% leading to making the correct diagnosis.

  • We can detect the presence of common fungus types using a small nail sample which informs treatment options.

  • Confidence in knowing that the chosen treatment type will yield a higher success rate.  

Why choose us?

At Cutting Edge Podiatry, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality foot care services. Our team of registered and experienced podiatrists has the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot conditions, including fungal infections. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure you receive the best care possible.
If you are suffering from unsightly thickened toenails, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will work with you to alleviate your foot problems and get you back on your feet.

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Disclaimer: Our clinic is not easily accessible for those with disabilities as the toilets are located upstairs. However, we do have a treatment room available on the ground level.

If you require a downstairs room, kindly specify this when making your booking either online or with our receptionist. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.