Toenail Fungus & Ingrown Nails Treatment in Chicago

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Toenail fungus can be unsightly, embarrassing, and cause ball of foot pain. If your toes don't look or feel like normal, consider visiting a podiatrist in Chicago. Prompt treatment of toenail fungus is important for your own comfort and for halting the spread of foot fungus. Advanced Foot Care Center offers several treatment options for people with toenail fungus. Podiatrist Dean DiRico has decades of experience treating a wide range of ingrown toenail problems in the Chicago area, and can promptly address your fungus problem.

Ideal Growth Conditions

Like most other types of fungus, toenail fungus tends to thrive in moist, warm environments. Toenail fungus is most often transmitted via locker room floors, bathroom floors, and other communal spaces. If you plan on using a communal locker room shower, consider wearing a pair of flip flops or shower shoes. As your toenail fungus grows, you may be tempted to cover it with closed-toe shoes; unfortunately, fungus will thrive in the warm, moist, and dark environment created by your shoes and socks.

Common Fungus Symptoms

It's important to be mindful of toenail fungus symptoms—that way, you'll know when to see a podiatrist. Since there are many different kinds of toenail fungus, patients see many different kinds of symptoms. Common symptoms include thickening, discoloration, ball of foot pain and distorted shape. Some people might notice that their toenails become brittle. Generally speaking, it's a good idea to see a podiatrist if you notice any changes to your toenails.

Fungus Removal Options

Toenail fungus is a mysterious thing—sometimes it will go away on its own, and sometimes it will stay for years. To make sure your fungus doesn't spread, you should consider getting it removed as soon as possible.

  • Keeping Nails trimmed (every three to four months)
  • Topical Treatment: There are a few kinds of medicated nail polish and cream that can provide amazing results. However, you must remember to apply the topical treatment every day for weeks or months.
  • Oral Medication: Some patients opt for antifungal pills that eliminate fungus internally. Oral medication is often effective, though patients typically do not see the results until the nail grows back.
  • Nail Removal: If other treatment options fail, or if you have a particularly severe case of toenail fungus, your podiatrist may recommend the complete removal of the affected nail. Removing the nail makes it easy to address the remaining fungus on the nail bed.

Does your toenail fungus make you feel embarrassed to show off your feet in public? Is it causing unneccessary foot pain? Schedule Your Appointment on our website or call Advanced FootCare Center of Chicago at (773) 570-4440 to set up an appointment. We provide prompt and effective treatment for foot fungus in Chicago.

Ingrown Toenails

Another source of toe discomfort may be caused by an ingrown toenail. If your toe is sensitive to the touch, you may have an ingrown toenail usually caused by one of the following:

  • Toenail injury
  • Posture
  • Small or narrow shoes
  • Poor foot hygiene
  • Excessive sweating

Treatments for ingrown toenails include soaking the foot, wearing proper footwear, and using a cotton bud to push the skin away from the toenail. If your condition is serious, surgery may be required.

If you are experiencing any discomfort, don't hesitate to call Advanced Foot Care Center at (773) 472-1882 or Book Your Appointment online today!