If you have fungal toenails, you will want to come into our podiatry practice for treatment. At our esteemed podiatry practice, Robert L. Potempa, DPM, you can be seen by our top-notch podiatrist, Dr. Robert L. Potempa, for expert diagnosis and care of fungal nails in Chicago.
When a patient has fungal nails in Chicago it may be part of an overall infection caused by athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection which is very contagious and can affect the skin and nails of your feet. If you have an illness such as diabetes, you will want to make sure that you come in for treatment at the very earliest signs of foot infection. When a patient has diabetes, they may have reduced blood circulation in their feet and this will make it more difficult for a foot infection to be successfully treated. So, early treatment of fungal infections or other types of foot infections are always extremely important. In cases of athlete’s foot, the entire family may want to come in for treatment since this foot infection can be easily spread from one person to another if they walk barefoot in the bath area. When you have a fungal toenail infection, it often starts out as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail. The fungal nail infection will spread until it reaches deep into your nail, where can be difficult to treat. When this occurs your nail can thicken, develop crumbling edges, and become discolored. Fungal toenails are an extremely unsightly problem, and they can become very painful for the patient. Even if the fungal toenail is not particularly annoying you, it should be treated quickly as it can lead to developing a serious blood infection.
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