Nails are hard and tough, but they aren’t invulnerable to infections. Some people forget that nails grow, which means they can be affected by pathogens and changes in the environment. Nail fungus is one of the most common nail infections, and is usually difficult to eliminate. The high-quality PinPointe laser, however, eradicates the infection at the source to let you heal quickly.
Alternative for Fungal Nails
Fungal nail infections affect thousands of Americans every year. Microscopic pathogens (usually fungus—though mold and yeast can also be culprits) get under your toenails and begin multiplying rapidly. They turn healthy toenails into brittle, discolored, damaged ones that compromise your toe’s health and risk additional infections, like athlete’s foot. If you have preexisting conditions that affect your immune system, like diabetes, infected nails leave you vulnerable to more serious bacterial problems as well.
Fungal nails are also a source of embarrassment for many people, who don’t enjoy showing off distorted toes. There are a variety of ways to treat this infection, including some topical and oral anti-fungal medications. Because the pathogens causing the problem are usually buried deep under the hardened nail tissue, though, the condition can be hard to eradicate.
Laser treatment for fungal nails is an entirely different approach to the problem. Rather than using medications, it uses heat and light to target the infected cells and eliminate them, without creating additional damage to your nails. This has proven to be highly successful for many people and cuts out the need to constantly remember to take medication.
Dr. David Laurino and Dr. Antonius Su use the high-quality, FDA-approved PinPointe Foot Laser. This particular laser takes less than ten minutes for each foot and doesn’t have any known adverse side effects. Most patients only experience a warming sensation during the procedure. The highly-focused light passes through your hard keratin tissue and targets the damaged cells underneath, without harming either the nail or the nail bed.
Once the nail is cleared of the microscopic fungi causing the problem, your body begins re-growing new tissue right away. Many people only need one treatment with the PinPointe laser, but our staff checks your feet during follow-up appointments just to be sure everything is progressing correctly. Over the few months that your toenail grows, you’ll see a steady improvement in their appearance and health.
If you’re struggling with fungal nail infections, the PinPointe laser may be the treatment you’re looking for. The procedure is quick and effective, allowing your toes to begin healing right away. Letting the infection fester simply increases your odds that it will spread to other toes or to your family. Instead, contact our team of experts here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona to see if laser therapy could help you. Use our online contact forms to request more information or an appointment. You can also call or fax either of our two locations: to reach our Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; to reach our Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.