The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley and Chicago, IL, often treat patients who have various stages of toenail fungus. This embarrassing yet common problem often develops when patients spend time in wet conditions, such as around a pool or at a beach, but then don’t clean and dry their feet properly afterward. Athletes also often have fungus issues (sweaty socks and shoes). Find out the benefits of choosing laser toenail fungus treatment.
The Problem with Toenail Fungus
Many patients are sensitive about the appearance and smell of their feet. Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is one of those foot conditions that you definitely want to avoid or treat if you want to avoid embarrassment. It causes your toes to turn yellow, thick and brittle. The toenail may chafe and peel. The fungus can also cause an undesirable odor that is difficult to ignore. If it isn’t treated, the problem can propagate and spread to other toes.
Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
There is a new treatment available for patients who have toenail fungus at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley or Chicago. It is a laser treatment that heats the toenail, effectively eliminating the infection. The laser is set to target the color of the fungus—it can’t survive the laser’s light. The rest of your toenail tissue (the good part) stays healthy.
Benefits Over Traditional Treatment
The usual treatment for toenail fungus is a topical cream that you apply as prescribed. With laser treatment, you’ll enjoy these benefits:
- No need for messy creams or daily application
- Laser treatment is quick and painless
- The laser is most effective at targeting the fungus while preserving good tissue
- The results are long lasting (with creams, the problem can reoccur often)
- You’ll have your normal, pink, healthy toenails back sooner than with traditional creams
Laser Your Toenails Back to Good Health
If you have flaking, smelly toenails that you believe may be affected by a fungus, talk to a foot doctor at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, which is located in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley or Chicago, IL. Call one of the locations today to schedule an appointment to discuss laser toenail fungus treatment.