Nail fungus is more common than you think! With over 3 million cases per year, anyone is at risk of fungal nail complications. Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a condition where the nail, most commonly the toenail, is infected by a type of fungus. It starts out as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail, and as the fungal infection spreads deeper, can cause the nail to become discolored, thickened, or crumbled.
While nail fungus isn’t typically painful, the infection can worsen to a point of extreme discomfort and pain. The nail can become sensitive to the point that movement will result in pain, making it difficult to function. If the nail becomes increasingly thickened, discolored, or deformed, treatment is recommended.
However, not just any treatment works with nail fungus. Fungal nail treatments are limited and many are ineffective. Topical medications rarely work and oral medications often cause organ damage and clash with other medications. However, fungal nail laser treatment has grown in popularity due to its effectiveness and seamlessness.
Laser Treatment Targets the Infection
Laser treatment for fungal toenails has grown in popularity because of its effectiveness. Compared to other treatments, laser treatment cure rates are significantly higher while offering a treatment opportunity that is safer, convenient, and more comfortable for patients.
Out of all laser solutions, the GenesisPlus is among the best. The GenesisPlus is an FDA-approved laser system that can be used to treat nail fungus and is designed to provide a fast and effective solution to a widespread problem. The GenesisPlus improves the odds of ridding nails of fungus without the use of drugs or invasive treatments. With an 85% effective rate for eliminating fungus, this laser treatment has better odds than most fungal nail remedies.
This system works by operating a pulsating laser with a wavelength of 1064nm. This laser will pass through the damaged, thick nail and directly target the fungus that’s living within it. When the laser light targets the fungus, it begins to heat up and kill the organism. Without damaging the skin or removing the nail, this procedure takes place throughout three noninvasive sessions.
These sessions are painless and last no more than 20 minutes, and most people experience only a mild warmth emitting from the laser. While the treatment will immediately target the fungal infection to destroy it, it will take time for a new, healthy nail to grow in place of the damaged one.
So Why Laser Treatment?
Nail fungus is tough, which is why most treatments are ineffective. With typical ointment and medications, it's not unusual to have to treat the nail for months for the medication to properly reach the infection. However, laser treatments are painless and easy and require little direct interaction with the nail. On top of that, laser treatments directly target the fungus in the nail to eradicate it, unlike most treatments that are unable to properly reach the infection.
Laser treatments can take away the hassle of fighting both the fungal infection and the ineffectiveness of other medications by making it a direct and reliable process. With its high success rate and painless procedure, laser treatment is easy and right for everyone.
At Diablo Foot and Ankle, we offer the best fungal toenail treatment for your stubborn infection. We understand the pain that an infection can cause, which is why our team of specialists works to offer the best treatment options available. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of fungal laser treatment or want to schedule an appointment, visit our website today.
Common Podiatry Questions
What is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle.
What does a Podiatrist treat?
A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the feet. They can treat conditions such as ingrown toenails, fungal toenails, bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis.
What’s the difference between a Podiatrist and Orthopedist?
A Podiatrist and Orthopedist are very similar to each other in many ways. They use most of the same tools and treat a lot of the same conditions. The main difference between the two is their medical training. Podiatrists are trained exclusively on the foot and ankle, whereas the Orthopedic is trained on the whole body with an additional year of training on the foot and ankle.
Where are your Podiatry clinics located?
At Diablo Foot & Ankle, we treat our foot and ankle patients in two main clinic locations in Walnut Creek and in Antioch California. Dr. Eman Elmi and Dr. Shayan Esspoor are Board Certified Podiatrists who specialize in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders.