Toenail Fungus

Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois

Podiatrists and Laser Center located in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Sullivan & Taylorville, IL

Toenail fungus can be difficult to manage if it’s not effectively treated. The podiatric team takes an aggressive approach to attack this problem using revolutionary laser technology, antifungal products, and medications. LASER TREATMENTS ARE PAINLESS AND QUICK RESULTING IN 80-90% efficacy rates. Patients usually begin to see healthy nail improvements within three months. The innovative Keryflex ™ nail restoration system is often used in conjunction with laser treatments. Patients are literally able to walk out of clinic with natural looking nails eliminating the embarrassment of ugly toenails or fingernails. Get started on the path to eliminate this horrible condition and restore your healthy and beautiful nails. Schedule a consultation today at the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois online or by calling the office nearest you in Springfield, Decatur, Taylorville, Carlinville, Shelbyville, and Sullivan, Illinois.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Fungi are organisms that thrive in areas that are warm and moist. The area around and under your toenails can provide a perfect breeding ground for fungus, especially when you regularly wear shoes and socks, protecting the fungus as it grows.

When fungus comes into contact with your foot — when you walk barefoot through a shared, damp space like a locker room or pool, for example — it can establish itself underneath the outermost edge of your toenail. As it grows, the fungus can move under your nail. This results in changes to your nail, which can include:

  • Yellowing or browning
  • Thickening
  • Crumbling at the edges
  • Odor

Toenail fungus can affect people of all ages, but your risk for this fungal infection increases as you age as your nails become more brittle.

How is toenail fungus treated?

Your Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois provider works with you to find the right antifungal therapy for your nail or nails. You may take an oral antifungal medication, apply an antifungal medication topically, or elect to receive laser treatments.

In more severe cases, your Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois provider may recommend surgically removing the affected part of the nail so the antifungal medication can be applied directly to the affected area. Once the fungus is eliminated, your toenail can grow back normally and healthily.

How do I avoid toenail fungus?

One of the best steps you can take to avoid toenail fungus is to practice good foot hygiene. Wash your feet with soap daily and dry them thoroughly, making sure to dry between each toe. Remember, fungus likes a damp environment. Keeping your feet dry limits its ability to grow.

If you’re aware your feet sweat regularly in your shoes, change your sock throughout the day to protect your feet. Also, avoid walking barefoot through any shared spaced, especially damp ones.

While toenail fungus can be a source of embarrassment, you shouldn’t let that keep you from talking to your Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois provider about it. They regularly treat toenail fungus and can help you stop the spread of your fungal infection, protecting your toenail.

To get started with toenail fungus treatment, call the office nearest to you or schedule an appointment online today.