We offer laser treatment for toenail fungus and laser therapy for treating pain.
Toenail Fungus infections can be unsightly and embarrassing – the infected nail becomes yellow, thick and hard to cut. Although toenail fungus infections are also very common, they can be very difficult to treat. Until recently, the most common treatments for toenail fungus were taking pills that might cause liver toxicity or using topical medications that may have a low success rate. But several years of research and advancements in technology provided a safer solution: laser treatment (see also Keryflex section). This safe, quick and painless laser treatment has proven to be a very effective treatment for toenail fungus infection.
How does the Laser work?
The laser light wave is at a frequency that is able to destroy the fungal microbes without hurting your healthy tissue. The laser light causes a temporary increase in clear nails and passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin.
How quickly will the laser cure my fungus?
At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear, it takes time to grow out. The fungal infection will only clear as fast as your nails grow out. Even though the laser may have killed the fungal cells the fungus will still cause the old nail to be thick and discolored. To get rid of the thick and discolored nails the new nail will have to grow in and the old affected nail will need to be trimmed off. Generally a fully affected nail will take 9 to 12 months to grow out completely. However, there will likely be improvement to the appearance of the nail earlier on depending on the severity of the infection.
Is there anyone who should not get laser treatments?
Those with loss of sensation should not have laser treatment because the laser because the patient needs to know when the laser becomes too warm. Also patients with poor circulation should not receive this treatment.
How long is the treatment?
It takes about 15 minutes to have one treatment completed in our office.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation.
How many treatments do I need to have?
We suggest three laser treatments, each spaced a month apart. 3 treatments in conjunction with at home care for most cases will be enough to cure the fungal nails.
What can I do at home to help treatment be more effective?
Be sure you spray out your shoes with Fortinia Shoe Shield to disinfect any fungal cells.
File down the top of nails to decrease the thickness of the nail. Thinner nails make it easier for the laser and topical treatment to kill the fungus.
Apply Fortinia topical antifungal solution once daily after the shower on the nail. This and the Fortinia Shoe Shield can be purchased at our in office retail store.
How do I pay for the treatment?
Credit cards, cash, money orders are all accepted. You may also use your Medical IRA, Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Laser for Pain
Therapeutic medical lasers heal tissue ailments by transmitting billions of photons of invisible laser light deep into the tissues.
Human tissue naturally contains protein strands called chromophores, which have the unique ability to absorb laser light energy and transform it into chemical energy.
Through this reaction the laser can help achieve the following:
Rapid Pain Relief : Laser decreases nerve sensitivity by decreasing bradykinin; a pain eliciting chemical. It normalizes ion channels [cellular gatekeepers] and releases endorphins [body’s natural pain reliever] and enkephalins [related to endorphins] that produce an analgesic effect. It also has a pain-blocking effect on certain nerve fibers.
Increases blood flow to damaged areas and accelerates the body’s natural repair process.
Anti-Inflammatory Action: Laser increases ATP, which is stored energy [ATP is the acronym for adenosine triphosphate]. This increased energy accelerates the repair processes of the cell.
Reduced Scar Tissue: Reduces the formation of scar tissue following damage from cuts and lacerations, scratches, acne, or burns and post-surgery.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles are repaired faster.
Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates the building blocks of collagen, which is important in the healing of damaged tissues from wounds and injuries. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair injuries. As a result, the laser is effective on open wounds and burns.
Stem Cell Activation: Laser increases the number of stem cells, which enhances healing
What does it feel like? Some patients report a slight sense of warming and pressure from the laser handle. Laser therapy is painless, non-ablative, non-invasive and does not cause any trauma or damage to the treated tissues.
What should I do after treatment?
Continue to stretch and drink plenty of water
How long does treatment take?
Treatments themselves normally take around 10-15 minutes of laser therapy.
Are there any side effects?
There have been no reported side effects other than a slight warming during treatment.
How often do I need the treatment?
Treatments should be done at least once a week- but can be done up to 3 times a week. For maximum benefit, we recommend 10 laser treatments total.