We live in the land of perpetual summer, endless sunshine, and pristine pools, and yet you have not worn sandals in years. You always make sure that you are wearing socks before removing your shoes when other people are around. You know every over-the-counter treatment for fungal nails, and have tried each one; you also know that none of these treatments have worked for you.
If this scenario describes you, fungal toenails have gotten a firm grip on your life over the past several months or years. It surprises many people when they find out what a huge impact fungal nails can have on a daily basis. You are not alone in your frustration; people everywhere struggle with fungal nails until they become too painful to continue on their own.
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona, we can help you end the endless cycle of over-the-counter treatments and home remedies. Reclaim your feet, and keep reading to learn more.
Stubborn Fungal Nails Stop Here
Over-the-counter fungal nail treatments all share one very important trait—they simply do not work. Most at-home remedies involve topical antifungal ointments and creams, which do not reach the fungus where it lives and thrives, deep within the nail bed.
While most people believe toenail fungus infections to be a primarily cosmetic issue, if you have struggled with one for several years you know that it can become quite painful. Nails may initially become discolored and thick, but as the nail becomes harder and more brittle, it may begin to separate from the nail bed and crumble.
If you suffer from fungal nails, it is not your fault. These fungi are not deterred by even the strictest hygienic regimen; if your nail has been compromised in any way (such as an ingrown nail, or even a small cut or crack), the fungus can enter. Nail fungi are happiest in warm, moist environments, so once they make their home in your nails beds they begin to grow and multiply.
Fungal nail infections can feel impossible to conquer. Even young, healthy patients have far less blood flow to their toenails than the rest of their body, so it is difficult for your body to fight back naturally in the best circumstances. For elderly patients or patients with diabetes, blood flow is even further restricted, making a recovery difficult. Because of this, nail fungus will not be beaten without medical attention—but what can doctors do that will help?
Cutting Edge Treatment and Results for Fungal Nails
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona, we wanted to offer our patients an answer to their unending battle with nail fungus. Topical and oral antifungals in combination can work over long periods of time, but persistent infections may linger and recur with great force.
We now offer the PinPointe FootLaser, an FDA-approved laser designed specifically to eradicate stubborn fungal nail infections. With a quick, painless session, you can stop fungal infections dead in their tracks. Your nails will begin to grow out clear and healthy, and you will once again be able to enjoy wearing sandals and living with pain-free feet.
If you are ready to tackle your fungal nails head-on, reach out to us today! You can schedule an appointment at either our Chandler (480) 963-9000 or Gilbert (480-982-1800) locations. We look forward to getting you back on the path towards healthy nails!