Toenail Fungus Treatment Services
It’s thought that somewhere between 3% and 12% of people suffer from nail fungus. The common condition typically causes the nails to thicken and become discolored and brittle. While most cases of nail fungus are not serious, the condition can take a considerable amount of time to treat, so it’s better to start treatment as soon as possible. Early treatment is especially important for diabetics, as toenail fungus can cause some complications.
The foot care experts at Global Podiatry in Lincolnwood & Wheeling IL have extensive experience treating toenail fungus infections. If you suspect that you have nail fungus on a portion of your nail, your whole nail or on multiple nails, then get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can diagnose the condition and begin treatment.
What causes toenail fungal infections?
Toenail fungal infections occur when a type of fungus called a dermatophyte invades the nail bed, eventually reaching the deeper areas of tissue where the fungus grows and spreads. Because of the location of the fungus, it can be especially difficult to treat, especially with traditional approaches like topical medications, which simply cannot penetrate to the tissues where the fungus is rooted. The fungus that causes these infections is most commonly found in moist or damp environments like gym locker rooms, public showers, pools and hot tubs, and walking barefoot in these areas can increase the risk of developing an infection. Sharing shoes with a person who has toenail fungus can also result in becoming infected.
What symptoms are associated with fungal toenails?
Toenail fungus starts off as a white or yellow spot under the nail. The discoloration will continue to spread until most of the nail becomes yellowed or whitish in appearance. The nail will also usually become very brittle and ragged, and the area under the nail can be sore, especially when pressure is applied. The edges will often crumble and flake away, turning the flesh beneath the toenail a dark color.
What are the different types of toenail fungus infection?
Patients diagnosed with nail fungus may be experiencing one of a number of different types of infection. Four of the most common nail fungus infections are:
- Proximal Subungual Infection. An infection characterized by the appearance of yellow spots on the nail, which typically begin at the base.
- White Superficial Infection. A fungus that causes white spots to appear on the nail. The white spots will continue to spread until they cover the entirety of the nail, leaving it soft and crumbly.
- Candida Infection. An infection that typically originates at the cuticle, which can lead to tenderness, redness, swelling and the nail falling off.
- Distal Subungual Infection. A fungal infection that causes yellow or white streaks and the nail to appear jagged around the edges.
To discover which type of fungal infection is affecting your toenails and what the best treatment is to resolve the condition quickly, you can book an appointment at Global Podiatry online or by calling our team directly.
Who is most likely to experience a toenail fungal infection?
Some people are more at risk of getting a toenail fungal infection than others. People who are more prone to developing nail fungal infections are those who:
⇒have a skin/nail injury
⇒are 65+ years old
⇒have a weakened immune system
⇒wear tight shoes
⇒have a circulatory disorder
⇒are in regular contact with infectious fungi
⇒have a skin condition
⇒are genetically predisposed to fungal infections
⇒have damaged nails
⇒have a history of athlete’s foot
If you’re concerned that you may be at greater risk of developing a fungal nail infection, contact Global Podiatry to speak to an expert about preventive measures and correct foot care techniques.
How is toenail fungus diagnosed?
Nail fungal infections can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because a number of the symptoms are similar to those of other nail conditions. To confirm a diagnosis of nail fungus, a podiatrist will usually take a small sample of the affected nail for testing. The podiatrist may examine the sample under a microscope for spores or send it to a laboratory for more extensive tests. Due to the often-difficult nature of diagnosing toenail fungus, for a correct diagnosis and the most effective treatment, it’s best to visit a specialist.
Can toenail fungus be treated with over-the-counter preparations from the drugstore?
Because toenail fungus resides in the deeper layers of tissue protected by the nail bed, over-the-counter products and even prescription-strength creams and ointments are rarely effective in eradicating the fungus, which means the infection will continue to develop.
How is toenail fungus treated?
Because toenail fungus can be so difficult to eradicate, special techniques and vigilance are required to successfully treat toenail fungal infections, so they don’t recur. At Global Podiatry, infected toenails are carefully cleaned with laser technology to remove infected portions of tissue, with repeated evaluations and follow-ups each month to achieve optimal healing. A combination of anti-fungal medications and laser treatments ensures the fungus is treated at the deeper levels of tissue where it hides and grows to provide effective long-term relief.
The problem is, far too often, the lasers being used are either of the wrong wavelength or the wrong beam profile. The most common lasers being used for toenail fungus treatments involve a “quasi-continuous” beam, which simply cannot adequately accomplish what is too often advertised or claimed. Even the lasers on the market that have the correct wavelength and the correct beam, too often have messy, ineffective beam profiles, and as a result, simply cannot pack the kind of serious punch needed to kill toenail fungus with any regularity.
Our revolutionary approach to treating toenail fungus stands out in many ways:
- It requires no oral medications.
- It involves no surgical procedures or anesthetic.
- It involves no ointments other than, perhaps, a topical cream to prevent recurrence.
- It is over 95% effective in treating toenail fungus!
Can you prevent toenail fungal infections?
Toenail infections are very easy to prevent when you take good care of your feet and stay mindful of what can increase the risk of an infection developing and spreading. Here are some of the most effective ways to prevent nail fungal infections from redeveloping:
⇒Keep your feet clean and dry
⇒Wash your hands thoroughly if you touch an infected area
⇒Change sweaty socks or wear socks that absorb sweat
⇒Thoroughly clean old shoes (or buy new shoes)
⇒Don’t wear tight shoes
⇒Stop using nail varnish
⇒Clean your nail clippers regularly
⇒Don’t wear shoes as often while inside
⇒Wear breathable shoes
⇒Cut your nails straight
⇒Don’t share towels or footwear
⇒Just a couple of small lifestyle changes may be all you need to implement in order to reduce or eliminate your risk of developing a fungal nail infection.
Contact Global Podiatry for Toenail Fungus Treatment in Wheeling & Lincolnwood IL
For expert advice regarding all types of common foot, toe and nail condition, Global Podiatry are the professionals in Lincolnwood & Wheeling that you need to contact. We’ve helped countless patients to recover quickly and safely from all manner of foot conditions over the years, from toenail fungus to ingrown nails and hammer toe, and we’re ready to help you as well.
At Global Podiatry, you can expect a friendly service that puts you at ease and access to some of the most innovative foot care treatments in Wheeling & Lincolnwood IL – including our revolutionary toenail fungus treatment! You can contact Global Podiatry for an initial consultation with one of our highly skilled podiatrists by scheduling an appointment through our website, or by calling us directly on 847-306-3313.