Posts for: November, 2018

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
November 01, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: toenail fungus  

It's just a couple of yellow toenails. So, what's the big deal? Frankly, those toenails embarrass you, and you want an effective treatment to eliminate the fungus which is discoloring and misshaping them. At the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, Drs. Jones, Hersh, Lacey, and Tsoutsouris use the sophisticated PinPointe Foot Laser to treat toenail fungus right at the source. That's right, a laser! Learn more here.

What is toenail fungus?

It's a podiatric condition affecting millions of Americans of all ages. Also called onychomycosis, toenail fungus infection in River North creates yellow, thick brittle nails, and when left untreated, it can spread to the hands and other areas of the body. Similar to Athlete's foot, or Tinea pedis, toenail fungus is extremely stubborn and thrives in dark, moist environments such as sweaty sneakers and socks.

Benefits of toenail fungus treatment

Persistent toenail fungus requires expert treatment. The team at Center for Podiatric Medicine inspects fungal toenails and recommends a treatment plan tailored to the patient's unique lifestyle and medical needs. Sometimes, a course of oral antifungal medication or topical antifungal cream combat onychomycosis. However, the problem often recurs.

As such, your podiatrist may advise something innovative. Called laser fungal toenail treatment, this in-office procedure in River North kills the fungus right where it lives--under the toenail.

If you qualify, Dr. Jones or one of the other highly-skilled podiatrists will use a concentrated beam of light to treat each of your ten toenails. Done right at the Center for Podiatric Medicine, this comfortable procedure lasts about half an hour.

There is no special preparation for the FDA-cleared treatment, and patients have no downtime afterwards. Each PinPointe Foot Laser treatment causes only a mild sensation of warmth. One to three sessions usually are sufficient, and fully clear nails appear in about six weeks.

Avoiding onychomycosis

There are several ways to help prevent toenail fungus before it starts. They are:

  1. Washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them thoroughly
  2. Wearing clean socks and dry shoes every day (alternate pairs of shoes as necessary)
  3. Avoiding going barefoot out of doors or in the gym
  4. Wearing sandals or flip-flops in public showers
  5. Using clean pedicure implements
  6. Trimming your toenails straight across

If, however, you see signs of fungus, call your foot doctor right away, especially if you are diabetic.

Find out more

For more information or a consultation on those yellow toenails, call the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL. We'll be happy to help you have  clear, healthy, beautiful toenails.

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