Nail Care & Medical Pedicure in Chicago, IL

Evaluating Toenails and assigning a proper diagnosis is critical for proper treatment and care.

Evaluating Toenails and assigning a proper diagnosis is critical for proper treatment and care. Toenail anatomy is interesting because many things can happen to the nail to make it change and cause concern. Although often diagnosed as fungus, a thickened toenail is not always a fungal nail. There are many things that can cause a nail to change color, shape, texture, or growth patterns. A fungal nail may do all of these above things, and ultimately a biopsy is the only sure way to know if the nail is infected.

Nails can change shape, color, texture due to trauma, like running or playing sports in short improperly sized shoes, or getting stepped on or “stubbed.” Some trauma may be slow and steady over a period of time with a slow change to the nail or it can happen abruptly which causes a blood blister under the nail and a purple bruised appearance.

Traumatized nails may grow out clearly, but can become damaged forever, especially if continually injured. Proper evaluation and good prevention strategies will help with the best chances that all nail problems grow out properly.

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Common Dermatology Conditions

Fungal Infections

Fungus is an organism that is naturally occurring on the skin and around the nails, to a small degree. It is an organism that has specific characteristics under the microscope and sometimes hard to get rid of. Quite often the skin infection called “Athletes Foot” can be present for some time and then the nails become infected. Good proper skin hygiene and awareness is important to get rid of this infection.

The skin may have little pinpoint blisters; sometimes there may be some oozing as well in the more acute version. A Toenail infection may be cracked, brown, white, very thick or very thin. Because there can be such a variety of appearances, a thorough evaluation is imperative. Fungal nail treatments are never guaranteed, as these infections can return even with pharmaceutical or Laser intervention, so prevention strategies are very important.

Treatments for FUNGAL NAIL infections:

  • Topical solutions applied everyday for 6-12 months
  • Regular cutting and trimming to allow the topical to penetrate
  • Bring nail tools to the pedicurist
  • Use antifungal nail polish regularly
  • Oral medications taken everyday for 3 or more months
  • Keep immune system healthy with supplements
  • Keryflex cosmetic Nail Restoration

Tips for managing or ridding the SKIN of fungal infections:

  • Keep feet dry with proper “wicking” socks (use less than 20% cotton)
  • Use powders in the shoe
  • Let shoes always air out and completely dry between usage
  • Use a antimicrobial commercial spray inside the shoes occasionally
  • Treat the skin infections immediately (they don’t always itch!)
  • If over the counter creams don’t work, to clear the skin, then a prescription pharmaceutical cream may be necessary.
  • Wear sandals or flip flops at health club locker rooms, and or pools
  • Wash feet daily
  • Consider some immune boosting supplements to fight off the fungal infections, i.e.: homeopathic remedies, probiotics, mushroom complexes
  • Disinfect pedicure tools or bring your own set of instruments for pedicures

Other Common Conditions Which Pedicures Can Treat

Blisters & Corns

The Cause: High frequency friction causes blisters and low frequency friction causes a callus or corn.

Blisters: Typically have fluid inside the dome and there may be a blister underneath a longstanding callus, if there is extra irritation or new pressures.

Callus/Corns: These both are really the same thing, skin that is thickened due to unnatural pressure and friction. Anytime friction occurs and the boney prominence rubs against a shoe the skin gets thickened, “Helloma Molle” (soft corn) occurs between toes at the joints (knuckles).

Treatment & Prevention :

  • Careful pumicing or shaving down the area.
  • Applying creams or Vaseline (while not dancing) to keep area soft.
  • Using sleeves, pads, lambs wool, or toe spacers.
  • Soaking the foot and application of antibiotic creams.
Athletes Foot / Fungal Nails

The Cause: Both are a fungal infection of either the skin and/or the nails. Typically the skin is infected first, then often, the nails get involved. The skin may have pinpoint red dots and blisters and “look” like dry skin. The nails may be thickened and yellow/brown.

“NOT” every thick nail is fungal “ESPECIALLY” in dancers and athletes.

Treatment & Prevention :

  • Try athletes foot cream (prescription strength is stronger).
  • Try non-cotton socks to reduce sweating.
  • Try drying powder/sprays for shoes.
  • Dr. prescribed topical or oral medication is available for nails.
Plantar's Warts

The Cause: A wart is a virus which shows up as a small round spot with a hard callus over it. It will have no skin lines within it and may have small black dots inside it as well. It may be painful to squeeze it side to side or directly. Plantar Warts can look similar to corns so it is best to have a doctor take a look.

Treatment & Prevention :

  • Pumice or shaving it down.
  • Don’t pick at it with your fingers as it can spread.
  • Apply topical salicylic acid (15-20%) and tape over it nightly.
  • Homeopathic remedy “Thuja Occidentalis” can be taken under the tongue 2/day for 3 weeks as well.
Ingrown Toenails

The Cause: Some nail shapes are prone to growing inwards because of the natural shape of their nail (too wide or too curled under). Dancers are prone due to tightness of ballet and pointe shoes and many of the foot positions.

Treatment & Prevention :

  • Careful trimming and cleaning of the borders.
  • Cuticle creams.
  • Toe padding to cover the nail.
  • “Permanent” removal of the corner performed by the Podiatrist.
  • Check length of shoes if persistent.
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