People have been fascinated with lasers going all the way back to the iconic image of James Bond being nearly split in two in the movie Goldfinger. No doubt this brought the idea of lasers as being cutting edge into the American psyche. Lasers have been used in medicine for everything from zapping off warts to whitening teeth and now for treatment of those ugly thick fungal toenails. Lasers are part of a program that can help with the thick fungal nails and are an alternative to oral medication. They should not be thought of as effective as the oral but there are no potential side effects unlike oral agents. Sports like running skiing and soccer increase your risk of getting toenail fungus because you sweat inside a closed shoe or boot and you are subjecting your toenails to repetitive micro trauma
The laser helps eliminate the fungal spores that lie within and underneath the nail. Just as in fading with laser teeth whitening, the nail fungus can come back. It should be used as an adjunct treatment either with an oral or topical treatment. It is also important to disinfect the areas where the fungal spores reside, so the nail does not get reinfected.
At Houston Foot and Ankle Care, we provide our patients with the latest in toe nail fungus treatment and offer a painless solution. The staff at Houston Foot and Ankle Care is one of the few in the Houston area who have access and training with the PinPointe FootLaser. If you notice your nails thicken, or become yellow, schedule an appointment today.