After a long winter, the warming weather feels like a welcome sign to many. But if you live with toenail fungus, you might be less enthusiastic about the upcoming summer months.
There is good news, though. For starters, you’re not alone. As many as 1 in 10 people deal with toenail fungus. The even better news? Toenail fungus is extremely treatable.
At our offices in Homer Glen and New Lenox, Illinois, Christopher Vittori, DPM, Ameet Thakrar, DPM, and the team at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist are here to get your feet sandal-ready. As toenail fungus specialists, we can help you find the right treatment to get healthy-looking toenails this sandal season.
When to see us about toenail fungus
Many people assume that unwelcome changes in their toenails will go away over time. But that’s not the case. In fact, left untreated, toenail fungus can completely destroy the affected nail.
Long story short, if you notice any signs of toenail fungus, it’s in your best interest to see a podiatrist right away.
So you can keep an eye out, some of the most common symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- Color changes, including yellow and brown toenails
- Toenail thickening
- Brittle toenails
- Toenails that crumble at the edges
- Excessive debris under the nail
If you notice any of these signs in your feet, don’t panic. We’re here to deliver effective toenail fungus treatment.
How to get rid of toenail fungus
Don’t assume that over-the-counter creams or ointments will work for your toenail fungus. That’s because in most cases, the fungus develops under your toenail, where these topicals simply can’t reach.
Oral medication has long been used to address toenail fungus, but it can come with a wide range of side effects.
To give you targeted, highly effective treatment for toenail fungus, Dr. Thakrar and Dr. Vittori offer laser treatment. This laser therapy destroys the fungus and sterilizes your nail to prevent recurrent infections.
With the laser, we can penetrate through your nail to target the fungus at its source. Plus, we can deliver this treatment without you needing to use any anesthetic or undergo a single incision or injection.
After treatment, keep your feet clean and dry (cotton socks can help) and avoid sharing nail clippers, shoes, or socks to steer clear of a future fungal infection.
Here at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist, our team can help you get rid of toenail fungus. If you’re ready to enjoy summer-ready feet, don’t hesitate to contact either of our offices. Call us or schedule your appointment online today. Sandal season is just around the corner.