If your toenails aren’t looking especially healthy and you think there could be an issue with them, let us check them out for you here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. The issue could be toenail fungus, and if so, then we can definitely help and provide a lasting solution. Contact us today at our toenail fungus clinic in Montclare Chicago, IL!
What is toenail fungus?
It’s a common condition, especially for older adults. The condition causes toenails to discolor, thicken, and even crumble, and it can affect multiple nails on a foot. The discoloration is yellowish or white. The infection is due to a fungus, but there may be other factors too like brittle nails, reduced blood circulation to the feet, or a weakened immune system. Also, it’s common for athlete’s foot to cause toenail fungus.
A lot of the time toenail fungus is mild and not too much of a problem, but other times it can become painful and quite problematic, causing unsightly and damaged nails.
How can you prevent toenail fungus?
It’s not hard to prevent infections in the first place or prevent reinfections. It can help a lot to wash your feet, trim your nails straight across, wear sweat-absorbing socks, wear shoes made of breathable materials, wear footwear in pool areas and locker rooms, and avoid using nail polish or artificial nails. For your particular case, a professional might recommend any of these precautions or others.
How do you get rid of toenail fungus fast?
Diagnosing toenail fungus isn’t very difficult, as the signs are pretty obvious and testing is pretty simple. A professional might take nail clippings or scrape under your nails and then send the sample to a lab for testing. This can help the professional identify the exact type of fungus affecting you and rule out other conditions like a bacterial infection. It may also help the professional treat you more easily.
As for getting rid of toenail fungus, although self-care and nonprescription medication may help in some cases, this may not prevent the fungus from returning, so the best way to deal with it is with professional care. The type of treatment depends on the type of fungus involved and the severity of the infection. Your treatment may be:
- Prescription antifungal medication – Topical and/or oral medication
- Medicated nail polish – Ciclopirox (Penlac)
- Surgery – In some cases, removing a fungal toenail may be the best option, but only after other methods have been attempted
- Q-Clear laser treatment for toenail fungus – This treatment may be especially effective for you, is FDA approved, and is provided here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
How much does it cost to remove a fungal toenail?
A procedure like this may not even be necessary, but if it is, it can be done by one of our podiatrists here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. The cost of fungal toenail removal varies depending on the provider and other factors, and is usually around $2000. Laser treatment is often the better and more affordable option. Contact our clinic today to learn more about your options for toenail fungus treatment!
Do you have a toenail fungus clinic in Montclare Chicago, IL?
Advanced Foot and Ankle has a toenail fungus clinic near you at 3115 N Harlem Ave #200 Chicago, IL 60634. You can reach us for any reason at (773) 673-9898. Call us today for more information about us, our podiatrists, or our services, or to book a consultation with us. Alternatively, you can book your appointment with us online. During your appointment, we’ll take a look at your case of infection, and we’ll make sure the treatment we recommend will take care of the problem for you. We look forward to speaking with you soon!