By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
April 21, 2014
Category: Toenail Fungus
The last thing you may be thinking about Toenail fungus affects nearly 20 percent of the population. Today, it is one of the most common foot conditions that is treated by our podiatrist in North Shore, IL. Characterized by thick, disfigured, yellow nails, this recurring disorder can cause the nail to grow fragile, brittle and loose, and in some cases, crumble away. In the most severe cases, fungus-infected nails may even cause pain or difficulty walking.
Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and can spread from person to person. Like athlete’s foot, you can contract a fungal nail infection from simply walking barefoot in public showers or pools, or by sharing nail clippers or shoes. Fungal infections can also infect fingernails, but toenails are more difficult to treat as toenails typically grow slower. BY visiting Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic, we can help remove embarrassing fungus with fungal removal in North Shore.
How to Prevent Pesky Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus is common, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be easily prevented.
- Wear shower shoes at public pools and locker rooms
- Never share nail clippers or files
- Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet
- Avoid injury to your nail, such as cutting it too short
- Inspect your feet and toes regularly
- Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenail infections
- Wear open-toed shoes if weather permits
- Avoid wearing nail polish and disinfect pedicure tools
- Wear clean, dry cotton socks that provide breathing room and whisk away moisture
Professional North Shore area Fungal Removal
Left untreated, toenail fungus won’t go away and is often very difficult to treat. Over-the-counter antifungal creams are often ineffective and your nail fungus will often recur. The best way to eliminate your toenail fungus is to visit our podiatrist serving North Shore and Wilmette. He can prescribe a strong topical or oral medication, and depending on the type and severity of the infection, remove the diseased nail matter. In severe cases, the nail will need to be surgically removed in order to fully eradicate the infection.
However, today, there is a newer, faster and more effective way to eliminate toenail fungus-PinPointe FootLaser—an FDA-cleared, UVA patented infrared laser that heals nail fungus safely, quickly and painlessly. The new laser technology is specially designed to shine through your nail, vaporizing the fungus embedded deep in your nail bed. Better yet, the powerful laser beam has no effect on healthy tissue, targeting the infection only. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly cleared of the infection. The nail will need to grow out in order for the fungus to be completely eliminated.
Practicing good foot hygiene is the best way to avoid toenail fungus. If you suspect an infected toenail, visit our Wilmette and North Shore, IL podiatrist right away for treatment. With many ways to prevent nail fungus and the availability of the PinPointe FootLaser treatment, you can rest easy knowing that achieving healthy, beautiful feet is possible not only this summer, but all year long.