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Wearing sandals should be a given during the warm weather months. People with toenail fungus, however, usually make sure that their feet are covered at all times to hide the embarrassing discoloration and abnormal growth. Laser treatments from your podiatrist in River North, Elmhurst and Schaumburg, IL and Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IN can effectively treat your fungal toenails and allow you to enjoy the summer. In this post, you'll learn how the foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine use this technology to eradicate toenail fungus.
What is toenail fungus?
Fungal infection of the toenails is a common problem seen by your River North, Elmhurst and Schaumburg podiatrist, affecting about 10% of the population at any given time. People with diminished circulation, those who spend a lot of time at gyms or pools, or who consistently wear restrictive socks and shoes are at particular risk for developing fungal infections. A specific type of fungi called dermatophytes is typically the culprit; the toenails become yellowed, brittle and misshapen as the fungus grows on and under the nails. In severe cases, toenail fungus may affect the nail bed and cause pain or secondary infections to develop.
How does a laser treat toenail fungus?
Your Highland, East Chicago and St. John podiatrist uses the heated light of the specialized laser to kill the fungus from the inside out. The laser we use at the Center for Podiatric Medicine has been calibrated to target the fungus and pass through the structure of the nail without damaging it. This procedure is quick, taking only about 30 minutes, and most patients report no pain, although a few will feel a warming sensation. It also requires no downtime afterward. While results aren't instant - it will take time for a healthy nail to grow in - more than 90% of cases have success after one to three laser treatments.
Don't let toenail fungus put a damper on your summer. The staff at Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, Elmhurst and Schaumburg, IL and Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IN can schedule a consultation for you about laser treatment. Choose the office closest to you and contact us today!
If you have been suffering from toenail fungus, your Chicago foot doctor has the solution.
Are you suffering from toenail fungus? Are you embarrassed to pull out those sandals this season? Before you retire those flip-flops and summer shoes for good, it might be time to consider another treatment option. Now your Chicago foot doctor can give you clear toenails with laser treatment. Find out more about how PinPointe FootLaser could help you.
Q. What is PinPointe FootLaser?
This procedure uses the first FDA-cleared laser for turning discolored, fungus-ridden toenails into clear, healthier nails. Since this is a laser treatment this procedure has virtually no side effects and won’t cause pain.
Q. How can PinPointe Laser help my feet?
The Pinpointe FootLaser is directed at the infected toe to target and eliminate the fungus that is living in or under the nail. As the laser passes through the nail, it will kill the fungus while leaving the rest of the healthy nail undamaged.
Q. What should I expect when I get laser foot treatment in Chicago?
Since the treatment is non-invasive you don’t have to worry about anesthesia or dealing with any of the side effects. This is also performed as an outpatient procedure, which only takes about 30 minutes to complete. While some people say they don’t experience any pain or discomfort during their session, some patients notice a warming sensation or what feels like a small pinprick.
Q. Will my toenail be clear right away?
Unfortunately you won’t walk out of your Chicago foot doctor's office with instantly clear nails. However, as your nail grows out you will start to see that it is significantly clearer and healthier than it used to be. This process takes time, but the results are well worth it.
Q. Will my toenail fungus come back?
Since fungus is all around us, it’s impossible to say that you will never become reinfected. The PinPointe FootLaser can greatly improve the health and appearance of your toenails after one session; however, it doesn’t promise that you won’t have to deal with another fungal infection in the future. Talk to your Chicago foot doctor about ways to protect your feet from another infection.
Don’t let summer catch you with unsightly toenails. Toenail fungus that hasn’t been successfully treated with other measures may just respond to our laser treatment. Schedule your first laser treatment session today with your Chicago foot doctors at The Center for Podiatric Medicine. Call today, we want to give you the beautiful feet you deserve.