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It is not until you feel self-conscious about your feet that you take the measures to do something about your insecurities. The development of toenail fungus is a common foot-related condition that starts as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail. From there, the fungal infection may begin to grow deeper into your nails, causing discoloration, thickening or crumbling around the edges of your toenails. Toenail fungus may affect one or multiple nails at a time.

Some people only experience minor toenail fungus, meaning that they do not need to seek treatment. However, some people develop a thickened nail which can be painful. Make sure to seek the help of our team at Suburban Foot and Ankle.


There are different fungal organisms that are the culprit behind the development of toenail fungus. The most common type of fungus that causes foot fungal infections is called dermatophyte, but both yeast and molds can also cause nail infections as well.

People older in age experience fungal infections more often than people who are younger, but infections can impact people of any age. Reduced blood circulation to the feet in addition to a weakened immune system can also play a role.


Toenail fungus may be developing if you notice any of the following symptoms on your toenails:

  • Distorted nail shape
  • Brittle or ragged nails
  • A foul smell
  • White or yellow discoloration
  • A buildup of debris

While it is possible for nail fungus to develop in the fingernails, it more commonly occurs in the toenails.

Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chances of developing toenail fungus:

  • Your age; as you get older, your nails naturally don’t grow as fast as they once did
  • Reduced blood flow or circulation problems
  • Sweating profusely
  • Minor skin or nail conditions (ex: psoriasis)
  • Walking through common areas such as locker rooms, public pools, gyms, etc.
  • Diabetes
  • A weakened immune system


The good news is that there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk of developing toenail fungus. Taking care of your feet and your hands by washing them every day is important in minimizing bacteria. Make sure to trim your nails straight across and disinfect the nail clippers after you use them. In scenarios where your feet may sweat, make sure to opt for sweat-absorbing socks and wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Always wear protective footwear in public places as well!

If you believe that you are suffering from the development of toenail fungus, schedule an appointment with our team today!

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association