It’s easy for your feet to become affected by toenail fungus, as this type of podiatry condition is actually very contagious. You can pick it up anywhere! And, a case of toenail fungus is likely to leave your nails looking less than their best.
When toenail fungus starts to deform or discolor your nails, you might feel like you want to hide your feet out of sight. Emotions of embarrassment may strike whenever you think about showing your bare feet in front of other people.
As a result, you might stop wearing open-toed shoes, or even give up participating in activities like going to yoga class, or meeting friends at the pool or beach, so that your toes and nails stay hidden. But, you don’t have to live with the aesthetic embarrassment of toenail fungus. And, it’s actually better for your nail health if you seek treatment for this condition.
While over-the-counter treatments may not prove effective, the experienced podiatry professionals at The Foot Care Group have you covered. Dr. Steve Sharlin and his team treat cases of toenail fungus in patients from locations in Hinsdale, Libertyville, and the Streeterville community of Chicago, Illinois.
The visible symptoms of toenail fungus
Toenail fungus, like other forms of fungus, likes to live in warm, damp, and dark environments. And, like other types of fungal infection, it’s very contagious, passing easily to infect new carriers.
You might have picked up a case of toenail fungus by going barefoot at the gym or pool, or by sharing socks and shoes with someone with an infection. Either way, you know there’s a problem when visible symptoms start to appear.
As toenail fungus affects your nails, they undergo visible changes and disfiguration. Your nails may thicken, taking on an unattractive, distorted, claw-like shape. Or, the color of your nails may change, growing unappealingly yellowed, mottled, or spotted.
If the damage to your nails becomes sufficiently severe, the nail could separate from the nail bed. And, while you’re affected by unsightly symptoms, you suffer from insecurity and embarrassment about the appearance of your toes and feet.
So, what can you do to address the visible effects of toenail fungus? You have a lot of options, but what will really work to get your feet back to looking and feeling normal?
Helping resolve your toenail fungus
Toenail fungus can be a stubborn problem, resisting at-home or over-the-counter treatments. The issue might seem to resolve, only to recur shortly. But, Dr. Sharlin knows just how to handle even the most stubborn cases of toenail fungus.
With professional podiatry treatment, you can fully restore the appearance and integrity of your toenails, leaving fungal infection behind.
Dr. Sharlin examines your nails to confirm your fungal infection. Then, he puts together a treatment plan to work effectively for you. Your treatment for toenail fungus may include:
- Prescription topical or oral antifungal medications
- Medicated toenail polish
If you’ve been feeling worried, concerned, or self-conscious about visual changes in your toenails due to a fungal infection, consult with Dr. Sharlin about your options as soon as possible. You can call now to schedule an appointment, or book with our easy-to-use online tool.