There are plenty of things that you can do on a regular basis in order to ensure that your feet are healthy and taken care of. From day to day, you should generally wear appropriate footwear that provides ample support and is comfortable to wear, your feet should be clean and dry, and you should make sure that you do not put your feet under more stress than they can handle. So many factors play into foot health, and looking out for any physical changes can also alert you to issues as well. When inspecting your feet for such things, make sure that you pay attention to the nails as well, as this can be a sign of fungal nails. Here at the office of our Chicago podiatrist, Robert L. Potempa, DPM you can have a variety of different foot related issues handled and treated, including fungal nails.
Fungal nails are common and vary in severity from case to case, but if you have never had fungal nails before it is always recommended that you see a podiatrist before moving forward with any treatment options. The first sign of a fungal nail is often a white spot beneath the cuticle of the nail itself. As the fungus grows, spreads, and becomes worse, the nail will continue to change in texture, shape and sometimes even size. The nail itself will grow thicker and thicker, it will develop crumbling edges and the overall color of the nail may change as well. The sooner a fungal nail is treated the better. And the sooner you get treatment the quicker the fungus can clear up. Fungal infections and other such conditions can be contagious and they are spread by contact so bathroom or gym floors, socks, and even bathtubs can potentially spread this sort of condition. Feet that are damp and not allowed to breathe may develop fungus as well, and our Chicago podiatrist Robert L. Potempa, DPM can help determine what may have caused the incident so that you can alter your habits and prevent it from getting worse or happening again.
When it comes to treating fungal nails, medicated ointments, nail polishes, or even laser surgery may be implemented in order to help resolve the issue. The treatment that Robert L. Potempa, DPM prescribes for you will generally rely on the severity of your condition, which is why early detection and treatment is key. If you are in need of fungal nail treatment then please call us today and book an appointment with our Chicago podiatrist today.