By Dr. Elipas
September 04, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Happy Podiatry PatientsWith school back in session and fall just around the corner, you may want to bring out the boots and jackets.  However, don’t bring fall clothes out just yet.  With the summer months we all have probably shown off our toes and feet, but come fall we begin to hide our toes and push them into hibernation until summer comes back around.  This fall, take the next step toward happy feet by treating toenail fungus before you put your feet into hiding.   

Sometimes, you may not even realize you have a fungal nail problem until it gets worse.  For this reason, it is important to practice preventive measures so that you can stop toenail fungus in its tracks.  Toenail fungus is characterized by a change in your toenail’s color, and is often considered nothing more than a mere blemish.  However, if you leave it untreated, your fungus can persist into more serious problems.   

Toenail fungus is found underneath the surface of the nail, which may also penetrate the nail.  Symptoms of toenail fungus often include:

  • Discoloration of the nail
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Loosening of the nail
  • Thickening of the nail
  • Crumbling of the nail

You can successfully prevent toenail fungus from developing if you take the following precautions all year long:

  • Practice proper hygiene
  • Inspect your feet and toes regularly
  • Wear shower shoes in public facilities whenever possible
  • Clip nails straight across
  • Use quality foot powder
  • Wear shoes that fit properly
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools

With proper treatment and preventive measures, you can keep your toes happy until summer—eliminating the need to frantically treat your toenail fungus next summer. Talk to Dr. James Elipas, your podiatrist in Chicago and Lincolnwood, IL about how to treat your toenail fungus before it ruins your next vacation.