Posts for tag: toenail fungus

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.

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
December 12, 2017
Category: Foot Health

Have trouble with eliminating your toenail fungal infection? Laser therapy could finally help!pinpointe footlaser

While toenail fungus may not seem like a big deal to you, it’s important that you don’t just ignore it. This is because an untreated fungal infection can continue to spread and could even lead to other complications. So, if you have a toenail fungus that is severe or doesn’t respond to at-home measures, our River North and Schaumburg, IL podiatrists are here to tell you whether laser treatment might be the next best option.

What is PinPointe FootLaser?

This laser treatment is a safe effective way to target, heat up and kill the fungus growing in and under your toenail. If you’ve tried topical antifungal creams in an effort to kill the fungus, you may know that it’s difficult for a medicinal cream to effectively penetrate the nail to kill the entire fungus. This is why laser therapy is a great option, as it can effectively pass through the nail to kill the whole infection.

What should I expect from laser treatment?

Before you get PinPointe FootLaser treatment, our River North and Schaumburg foot doctors will need to make sure that you are a good candidate for treatment. This means that you will need to come into our office for a consultation. We will examine the affected toenails and go through your medical history to determine if this is the best course of action for you and your health.

If the procedure is the right one for you, you can even have it done the same day. The entire procedure only takes about a half hour to complete and in some cases, you’ll only need one treatment in order to completely destroy the infection.

Will it hurt?

There isn’t any pain associated with this treatment, as it’s completely non-invasive. The only sensation you may notice is a slight warming when the heated laser is directed over the toenail.

Is there a recovery process?

There is no recovery time involved. You’ll come into our office, get the treatment you need and then you’re free to head back to your daily routine.

If you are having trouble tackling your toenail fungal infection on your own then it might be time to let the foot care experts at the Center for Podiatric Medicine step in and handle the issue themselves. Whether you require oral medication or laser treatment turn to our podiatry offices in River North and Schaumburg, IL, for the care you deserve.

By Center for Podiatric Medicine
July 19, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: toenail fungus  

If other treatments haven’t eliminated your toenail fungus then it’s time to consider other options.

Toenail fungus can be an embarrassing little problem, and it can be especially problematic if it’s summer and all you want to do is toenail fungussport those flip flops and sandals. If over-the-counter treatments just aren’t cutting it then it’s time you called our Schaumburg and River North podiatrist Dr. Mark Jones to find out how laser treatment could help.

What causes toenail fungus?

Nail fungus is caused by a dermatophyte, a microscopic organism that thrives in dark, damp places. This same fungus is also responsible for athlete’s foot, ringworm and jock itch. If fungus is already present on or around you, then you could very well develop a nail infection. Furthermore, coming in contact with someone who has a toenail fungus can also cause an infection.

How can laser treatment help?

While there are both topical and oral medications that can be used to treat toenail fungus, sometimes they aren’t always effective because topical remedies cannot penetrate through the nail to reach the infection. Because of this, laser treatment has become popular.

Our strong laser system can penetrate through the hard layers of nail without causing any harm to nail or tissue, while heating and destroying the fungus. The whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and while the nail won’t become instantly clear it will grow out clear after treatment.

Does laser treatment hurt?

While you may feel a warming sensation during your treatment one of the advantages of getting this laser procedure is that it should not cause you any pain.

How long is the recovery period?

One of the most wonderful benefits of getting laser fungal treatment in Schaumburg and River North is that you don’t have to worry about any recovery period after your treatment. You can walk into our office, treat your toenail fungus and then walk right out and return to your normal activities.

Is the fungus eliminated for good?

While the goal of treatment is to kill the fungus within a few sessions, there are some preventive steps you will want to take afterwards to lessen your chance of another infection in the future. We would be happy to provide you with information about how to protect yourself again reinfection.

Laser fungal treatment is a safe, easy and effective way to rid yourself of persistent fungal infections. Don’t let a toenail fungus ruin your summer fun. Call The Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg and River North today and let us know you are interested in laser treatment.

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