Toenail Fungus Specialist

Family Podiatry

Neil B Levin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Sycamore, IL

Toenail fungus is an unsightly condition that commonly resists at-home treatment. If you suffer from toenail fungus, let the experts at Family Podiatry in Sycamore, Illinois, determine the right treatment for you. Led by experienced podiatrist Neil Levin, DPM, the practice provides high-quality, personalized foot and ankle care for patients of all ages. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Also called onychomycosis, toenail fungus is a type of infection that occurs below the surface of your nail. Toenail fungus usually starts as a small white or yellow spot beneath the nail that causes your nail to become discolored as the infection deepens.

Toenail fungus causes symptoms like:

  • Whitish or yellow discoloration
  • Brittle, crumbly nails
  • Thickened nails


Some people experience a foul smell or changes to the shape of the infected nail. Although toenail fungus isn’t typically a serious condition, it’s difficult to treat on your own and can easily spread to your other nails. 

What causes toenail fungus?

Most cases of toenail fungus are caused by one of four types of fungus:

  • Distal subungual onychomycosis (DSO) 
  • White superficial onychomycosis (WSO)
  • Candida onychomycosis
  • Proximal subungual onychomycosis


Most people pick up toenail fungus from walking barefoot in and around damp public areas like swimming pools, gyms, and locker rooms. 

Although anyone can develop toenail fungus, it’s more common in older adults. Aging can cause the nail to become dry and brittle, making it easier for fungal infections to enter. 

Factors like a weakened immune system, reduced blood flow to the feet, and a history of athlete’s foot can increase your risk of developing toenail fungus. 

How do I get rid of toenail fungus?

Dr. Levin has a high rate of success using various methods to treat toenail fungus. Treating your condition is the best way to restore the health and appearance of your nails and prevent the infection from spreading. 

Before recommending treatment, Dr. Levin performs an evaluation including a physical exam. In some cases, he sends a sample of your nail for lab testing. Identifying the fungus responsible for your infection can help determine the most effective treatment. 

If your condition is mild, Dr. Levin typically begins with conservative treatments like prescription oral antifungal medications or topical medication. 

If your condition is severe or doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, Dr. Levin may recommend nail avulsion surgery. During nail avulsion surgery, he removes the nail plate to apply medication directly to the area of infection.

Dr. Levin has over 25 years of experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle problems. His team is committed to providing high-quality, personalized care. 

To speak with Dr. Levin about treating your toenail fungus, book your appointment at Family Podiatry by phone or online today. 


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Tolcylen Treatment before and after

Tolcylen Treatment before and after

Tolcylen Treatment before and after