Fungal infection of the nail is often ignored because of a lack of any pain. The disease is characterized by a degeneration of the toenail’s quality and color. Toenails may appear to be yellow, brittle or thickened. Infections can be caused by heavy foot perspiration, poor shoe/sock ventilation or walking barefoot in damp areas such as a gym or locker room. Until now, the only solutions for unsightly toenail infections were to surgically remove the nail and apply topical treatments, which have a known poor success rate; or more recently, prescription medications, which have many potentially dangerous side effects and require blood tests.
This condition is actually an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. The infection can spread, cause pain and possibly affect walking.
Our podiatric physicians can detect a fungal infection, determine the cause, and create a suitable treatment plan.
At Philadelphia Podiatry Associates we use The Q-Clear Q-Switch™ Laser Treatment to treat your toenails.
Lasers are the latest treatment for your ugly unsightly toenail infections. Our laser treatment can effectively and efficiently rid you of ugly unsightly toenail infections in as little as one treatment, depending on the severity of the condition. The mid-infrared laser wavelength penetrates the nail and the nail bed, eliminating the destructive nasty infection thus allowing your own body to revitalize your own nail naturally as it grows out clean clear and healthy.
Your toenails will be cleaned and filed prior to the laser treatment. As each toe is treated with the painless laser you might at most feel a mild, warming sensation, most people feel absolutely nothing.
The laser treatment will take under 10 minutes to treat both feet and there is usually no discomfort during or after the treatment. Your physician will discuss post-treatment care to avoid unsightly unwanted re-infections.
You will notice results within 2-4 months, depending on how quickly your toenails grow. New, clear growth begins to appear at the bottom portion of your nail as the diseased portion of the nail grows out.
You may return to your normal daily routine immediately after your toenail treatment, including painting your nails or pedicure treatments.
Trying to solve the infection without the qualified help of a podiatric physician can lead to more problems. Please contact us if you think you have a nail problem.